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Armagh city – a Georgian gem

Armagh city – a Georgian gem

Armagh city – a Georgian gem

  Armagh city proved to be a great surprise as a place to visit. We have been a number of times across the border, but not Armagh, which was recommended for its important history. It might have an image of Cathedrals and prayer, given that it’s known as the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland, as well as having...
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New Game of Thrones Studio Tour costume display is launched in Northern Ireland by screen star Indira Varma

New Game of Thrones Studio Tour costume display is launched in Northern Ireland by screen star Indira Varma

New Game of Thrones Studio Tour costume display is launched in Northern Ireland by screen star Indira Varma

A new display of Game of Thrones costumes celebrating the kingdom of Dorne has launched at Game of Thrones Studio Tour in Northern Ireland. The display was launched by Game of Thrones star Indira Varma and included costumes worn by the actor and her screen daughters, Obara, Nymeria and Tyene (the Sand Snakes), a...
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An adventure in Andalucía

An adventure in Andalucía

An adventure in Andalucía

Kieran Foley The coastal towns of Andalucía are familiar to many Irish tourists but on a recent visit to southern Spain, I ventured off the beaten track to explore other areas of Andalucía. One of the undisputed cultural highlights of this region is Granada’s Alhambra. On arrival into the scenically located city of...
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Exploring rural Portugal

Exploring rural Portugal

Exploring rural Portugal

Kieran Walsh Portugal is loved by the Irish. It is an alternative to Spain, lower in costs generally, but a fresher climate, perhaps more suitable to Irish. We did get rain, but found a new area to discover. Most visitors from Ireland pick the Algarve, been there twice, and for those on city breaks, Lisbon. However,...
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Breda, Holland

Breda, Holland

Breda, Holland

A city with a military past but modern and progressive today Kieran Walsh This city just over the Belgian border north of Antwerp and Brussels is not on any holiday hit list but we found so many intriguing things to see from local trading zone of shops and workshops doing recycling to learning about the trading days...
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Captivating Catalan coast

Captivating Catalan coast

We found the Catalan equivalent of the Copper Coast.There is a national park out to the Cap de Crues, which is the most easterly point of the Spanish lands, next stop the Balearic islands, also populated by the Catalans.The road from Roses is quite narrow and up a mountain and not easy, as tour buses also use...
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Algarve appeals to all

Algarve appeals to all

The Algarve is really popular among Irish tourists and with fewer British travellers due to Brexit, the Irish are even more welcome this year.The town of Armacao de Pera, where the Holiday Inn is located is a former fishing village now a resort, not far from Albufeira and just one hour from Faro Airport or three...
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Holiday World Show 2020 at the RDS

Holiday World Show 2020 at the RDS

Holiday World Show Dublin returned for its thirtieth year at the RDS, Simmonscourt Dublin. Minister for Tourism Shane Ross made a flying visit there on Friday last for the official opening, in support of home tourism and noted the great attendance at the show. He did not get to the Waterford stand, despite a special...
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Sizzling Seville

Sizzling Seville

Seville was selected by Lonely Planet as the top city to travel to in 2018. During a recent visit to the Spanish city, it was clear to see why the capital of the Andalusia region attained such an honour. The city is the sun-soaked cultural capital of southern Spain and, impressively, is home to three different UNESCO...
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The grandeur of Granada

The grandeur of Granada

Granada is a charming city situated at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in southern Spain. The Alhambra is by far the city’s most famous attraction and, on a visit to the city last October, it was abundantly clear to see why. This sprawling hilltop fortress complex encompasses royal palaces,...
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Perpignan, well worth a visit

Perpignan, well worth a visit

Perpignan, a city with a population of just over 122,000 is a southern French city near the Mediterranean coast and the border with Spain. Though settlement in the area goes back to Roman times, the medieval town of Perpignan seems to have been founded around the beginning of the 10th century. Historically, it was...
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