17th Oct

Portraits: The Arigna Mining Experience

Maurice Cullen, Arigna Mining Experienc

The beauty of Roscommon’s Arigna Mining Experience is not that it’s a world-class tour in the middle of nowhere (which it is). It’s that the tour guides are bona fide miners. I’m led into the mountain by a man who once made a living squashing his body through treacherous gashes – it sure beats a summer jobber with a flashlight. I visited the experience for a second time recently, and shot these portraits of the ex-miner guides. “There was no…

7th Oct

Six Fab Forest Parks to Visit in Northern Ireland

Walking in Tollymore Forest Park

By Genevieve Lyttle The crisp leaves of autumn are falling slowly but surely. The sounds and smells of seasonal change are everywhere. We’re lucky in Ireland; the change is clear as day – all the more reason to pack up on a Saturday morning and make the most of it. 1. Tollymore Forest Park, Co. Down Tollymore Forest Park (pictured above) is situated at the foothills of the Mourne Mountains and makes for a fantastic day out for everyone and anyone.…

7th Oct

New Radio Travel Slot: The Pat Kenny Show

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I’ve kicked off a new regular travel slot on Newstalk’s Pat Kenny Show. The slot will run every second Monday around 11.30am, so tune in for lots of travel tips, deals and inspiration! Yesterday was our second time in studio together, and we chatted about Lisbon – both city and coast. Lisbon is a gorgeously atmospheric city, but there are lots of beaches, watersports, castles and forests just 25 minutes from the centre (and it’s airport) too. It makes a…

30th Sep

Review: The Ice House, Co. Mayo

The Ice House Hotel.

The salmon are running, the Wild Atlantic Way is booming and Ballina’s Ice House is the ideal spot from which to enjoy both… with an extra dash of design for your dollar. Highlights… Why aren’t there more Irish hotels overlooking rivers? Through floor-to-ceiling windows in my room, the view stretches over the Moy to the woodlands beyond. At breakfast, I watch a heron preening itself on a rock outside. When it opened back in the noughties, I felt this 32-bed…

23rd Sep

The Art of the Twin Centre Honeymoon

Phuket, Thailand - Boats on Beach-1

So you’re newly married. You’ve tied the knot, partied like rock stars, and capped it all off with a honeymoon on a tropical island resort. You’re kicking back on hot, white sands. Palm fronds whisper in the wind. A turquoise ocean laps up against your toes, and the next mojito is a mere click of the fingers away. It’s paradise. Or is it? Strange as it may seem, not everybody is tickled by the prospect of spending thousands of euro…

17th Sep

Three Top Coastal Road Trips in Ireland

irish road trips

By Genevieve Lyttle The last of the summer sunshine is playing out, so if you’re thinking of taking a few days to get out of town and enjoy autumn before winter arrives, now’s your chance. Some of Ireland’s most exceptional driving routes occur along the coast, and we’ve got three favourites that will please even the most experienced traveller. 1. The Causeway Coastal Route There’s more to Ireland than the Wild Atlantic Way, you know. Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast is…