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Heir Island

A trip with my parents... We were intent on some kind of fact-finding mission on the ancestry of my family on my mother’s side, the O’Driscoll’s and so we headed to an island in the centre of Roaringwater Bay in... Continue Reading →

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Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

Sorrento... Positano... The names conjure up such sun-drenched and exclusive fantasies, an ideal paradise beckoning… Did it live up to my dreams? First of all, how could it? Nothing ever does… Secondly, I struggled to find anything at all to... Continue Reading →

Pompeii, of the millennia…

Pompeii is so.... incredible. How can I believe that these are the same stones laid down more than 2,000 years ago? The same houses, the same room plans, the same columns lining the same forum?! August 2, 79 AD Highlights:... Continue Reading →

Ischia – paradise island…

Ischia is the largest island in the Bay of Naples and is renowned for beaches, thermal springs and therapeutic mud baths. Did I lose my heart to the hot sands and cool waves?...to the volcanic beaches fronting the rocky cliffs... Continue Reading →

Florence – a dream world part 2

• Visit the Palazzo Vecchio (Piazza della Signoria, open daily except Thurs afternoon, €10) Originally government offices, the Palazzo Vecchio became a palace in the 16th century, as the residence of Cosimo I. The Salone dei Cinquento (Hall of the... Continue Reading →

Florence – a dream world

The idea of Florence was to me shrouded in a surreal, dream-like haze. The reality? Exactly the same. Roaming the city’s warren of streets where every building is architecture – no wall is left unadorned, no window unshuttered, no plaster... Continue Reading →

Bologna – city of porticoes and towers

The portici (porticoes) are the essence of the city of Bologna. The network of 38km of porticoes is found throughout the city centre that shelter the citizens from the elements like the city has been sheltered from the strife affecting... Continue Reading →

Galway and Salthill

Galway city What to do: I’ve been to the city centre a few times before so I didn’t stay too long there this time. I’d recommend checking out Eyre Square, the Spanish Arch, the Salmon Weir, the Galway Arts Centre... Continue Reading →

Ennis and West Clare

Ennis Ennis is a really lovely, compact town in the middle of County Clare. For me it was an ideal stopover on the way from Cork to Galway. What to do: Clare Museum has exhibits on many aspects of life... Continue Reading →

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