A couple walking their dogs along the tree-lined avenue leading to Emo Court

A Visit to Emo Court and Gardens

Located just a couple of kilometres from the village of Emo in County Laois, Emo Court is a magnificent neo-classical mansion that is well worth a visit.  Take a tour through the house to appreciate the stunning interiors and hear about its history, or you can simply enjoy the beautiful grounds surrounding the house, which are free to explore all year round. 

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Front view of Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle and Gardens – Why You Should Visit

I’ve been to Malahide a number of times over the years but somehow never made it to Malahide Castle before last week. Which is kind of crazy. Particularly since my mum is from Swords, pretty much just up the road and we spent a lot of time there growing up!

The castle always looks so pretty in pictures and now having seen it, I can confirm that it’s every bit as beautiful in real life! What I didn’t realise was that there is so much to see when you visit Malahide Castle and Gardens. Read More

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Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships – Birr 2018

I’ve probably mentioned (a few times!) that I’m not a morning person. However, there are occasions when an early start is well worth it and this morning was definitely one of those times. Today is the final day of the 48th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships, which are taking place in Birr this year. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to try and see the balloons in action, particularly as it’s so close to home.Read More

Our boots enjoying the views from Slieve Foye

Climbing Slieve Foye. The Easier Way!

In June we booked a night away in Carlingford to celebrate our anniversary. The plan was to have a walk around town, climb Slieve Foye and grab a meal in the evening. However, the weather wasn’t exactly playing ball. When we arrived in the afternoon, Slieve Foye was covered in heavy cloud and it didn’t look like it was going anywhere.Read More

Rainbow over Poolbeg Lighthouse

A Wander Along Dublin’s Great South Wall

Since I moved back to Ireland it’s like I have this uncontrollable urge to make up for lost time. I just need to see and do everything! Easy, right. Well, some things are definitely less challenging than others and this week I headed out to do a couple of easy walks that have been on my to-do list for a while. One of those was the walk along the Great South Wall out to Poolbeg Lighthouse. Given the fact that I’m Dublin born and bred, it’s a little embarrassing to admit that it was my first time doing this walk but hey, I’ve done it now!Read More

Climbing the steep stairs to exit Dunmore Cave

Discover Dark Deeds at Dunmore Cave

I’d never even heard of Dunmore Cave before I found it on the Heritage Ireland website when researching for our trip to Kilkenny. And if we’re going full disclosure, caves are one of those things that I tend not to get too excited about. I can’t even tell you why because I’ve gone to a lot and I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad cave experience! It’s obviously some weird glitch in my system. Like the way you think toast is boring and then get a whiff of it and remember how good it is. I’m not alone there right?!  Anyway, after visiting Dunmore cave and I can confirm that this hidden gem is really fascinating and well worth a visit.Read More