On this week’s Travel Tuesday we are being swept away in a haze of wonderful poetry. I’ve been checking out places that inspired and formed the roots and traditions of some of our best loved Irish poets. I’ve taken a route around the country starting with the Stoney Grey Soil of Monaghan and the small town of Inniskeen which has proudly seen the recent opening of the Patrick Kavanagh Centre.
Patrick Kavanagh, Monaghan
The Patrick Kavanagh Centre opened this year and is situated in the parish church of St Mary’s, a former Roman Catholic church. This building, which dates from 1820, was de-consecrated in 1974 when a new parish church was built. Patrick Kavanagh was baptised here, attended regular Mass and served as an altar-boy here in his youth. St Mary’s Church features in his novel, Tarry Flynn, and also in the semi-autobiographical, The Green Fool.
Patrick Kavanagh is buried in the adjoining churchyard, along with his wife Katherine Moloney Kavanagh, his brother Peter, and his sisters Anne and Mary.
Self-guided tours of the centre can be taken between the hours of 10am and 4.30pm every week day. The visit typically lasts one hour but feel free to take your time and enjoy the visit at your own pace. There’s a seating area with plenty of reading material to hand, or maybe you’ll be inspired to write a couple of lines of verse?
Cabra Castle, Kingscourt, Co Cavan
The perfect place to stay after a leisurely wander around Kavanagh’s world is a short hop across the Cavan Border at Cabra Castle, Kingscourt.
Set on 100 acres of parkland and gardens, with the magnificent backdrop of Dún a Rí Forest Park, there is much to explore, both indoors and out.
Due to its idyllic location and superb range of accommodation, Cabra Castle is one of the leading luxury hotels in Ireland and is also one of the best-known castle wedding venues in Ireland. It has been the venue of choice for many society and celebrity weddings due to its large capacity.
The Castle has a remarkable history and even a resident ghost Sarah who has been known to make appearances.
At the moment they are offering 15% off all rooms types in Cabra Castle.
We are offering (One Night Dinner, Bed and Breakfast Packages)
€194.00 based on 2 people sharing in a cottage room
€250.00 based for 2 people sharing in a Courtyard Room
or go to www.originalirishhotels.com
Enjoy a €50 vouchar when you stay at one of their hotels for this month that can be used in any of their associated properties.
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Seamus Heaney. County Derry
When travelling up north do check the wwwdiscovernorthernireland.com website so you don’t miss out on any great places to eat or things to see or do in Northern Ireland.
No Irish list of great poets would be complete without the inclusion of Seamus Heaney. The Seamus Heaney Homeplace has been open for four years now and boasts one of the great interpretive poetry exhibitions in the country. http://seamusheaneyhome.com/
Previously unseen artefacts, transcripts and books kindly donated by the Heaney family are also on display, ensuring a truly unique and illuminating experience for all.
- Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
- Sunday 1pm – 5pm
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £19.00
Galgorm Resort and Spa
- One Night Dining Escape (https://www.galgorm.com/1-
night-dining-escape.html) whic h is from £258 for 2 guests.
- Also have a 1 Night Spa Escape (https://www.galgorm.com/1-
night-spa-escape.html) which is from £418 for 2 guests
You will be spoiled for choice with the fabulous on site restaurants – be sure to visit Fratelli Ristorante, Pizzeria & Bar which oozes rustic Italian charm with a contemporary edge. Meaning ‘brothers’ in Italian the Fratelli brand concept is to welcome guests into a family-friendly, informal environment where the focus is on simple yet quality cookery and a warm welcome. They also have a sister restaurant based in Belfast: www.fratellibelfast.com
Gillies Grill is a favourite amongst guests and locals alike, with a warm and relaxed ambience and charming views of the Resort’s stables. Our extensive selection of menus cater for a wide range of tastes with classic brasserie dishes, a grill selection and Asian-inspired creations with a satisfying accompanying wine list. Encompassing all menus is a commitment to using the freshest of ingredients and the very best local Antrim produce.
Please note Gillies Grill is a residents-only restaurant.
Yeats Country, Sligo. WB Yeats
Sligo Park Hotel
Sligo Park Hotel autumn packages
Autumn along the Wild Atlantic Way
From €149pps, the Autumn along the Wild Atlantic Way package includes:
- Two nights bed and breakfast
- One evening meal for two adults
- Complimentary parking throughout your stay.
From €119, the Explore Sligo package includes:
- One night bed and breakfast
- Complimentary parking throughout your stay.
Ladies Night Away reunion
From €179pps, the Ladies Night Away reunion package includes:
- Two nights bed and breakfast
- One dinner on an evening of your choice including a pre-dinner cocktail
- Complimentary parking throughout your stay
Galway, Padriac O’Conaire
Harbour Hotel, Galway
Harbour Hotel, Galway has just launched its autumn offers for those looking to reignite the romantic flame or looking to have some fun with friends and family.
Couples have struggled to get alone time over the past few months and with many working from home, it is now time to spend some quality time in the romantic West of Ireland.
With this in mind the ideally located 4* Harbour Hotel, Galway has put together a two night break including a relaxing stay in a fully air-conditioned Executive room with pillow topped beds, luxury crisp linen, the softest pillows and black out curtains ensuring a peaceful night’s sleep. Guests will be welcomed with a cocktail on arrival and are free to relax in the comfort of their room or take a romantic stroll along the harbour and soak-up the unique ambience of the City of Tribes. On one evening you will be treated to a carefree dinner with glass of bubbly plus enjoy a hearty breakfast daily at the AA Rosette Dillisk on the Docks. Late-checkout also ensures a quality lie-in before departure. The Rekindle at The Harbour package costs from €185 per person sharing plus on-site complimentary parking for all residents.
For those looking to re-connect with friends then the “Girlie Getaway” two-night experience at the Harbour Hotel is a perfect choice. The package includes accommodation for two, delicious a la carte breakfast each morning, three course dinner on one evening at the AA Rosette Dillisk on the Docks plus Afternoon Tea on an afternoon of choice. An ideal break for those looking to treat mum or spend some quality time with a sibling. Package from €175 per person sharing.
Harbour Hotel Galway has recently refurbished their rooms to include air-conditioning, pillow topped mattresses, mini fridge, Bluetooth speaker and HD TV as standard. With a stellar reputation for customer service where a warm welcome is guaranteed upon arrival from their genial staff, Harbour Hotel is the perfect place to enjoy a breakaway from the new stresses of home life! Harbour Hotel has worked hard to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for all guests – please see link to Harbour’s policies here Covid-19 Policies
With numerous dining options available onsite you can comfortably graze throughout your stay with delicious lunch, brunch, dinner, Afternoon Tea and Sunday Lunch choices available from Dillisk on the Docks plus a selection of delicious wines, craft beers and cocktails.
Boasting an enviable waterfront location in the heart of Galway City, just a 3 minute stroll will take you to Eyre Square and the city centre, Shop Street, Quay Street and the Latin Quarter making it an ideal location to enjoy the renowned charms of “The City of Tribes”. For those looking to explore the magic of the west of Ireland then a mere 5 minute drive will take you to Salthill Prom, the coast road to Connemara and the sights of the Wild Atlantic Way, plus the hotel offers free on-site parking.
To book your stay or purchase a Gift Voucher visit www.harbour.ie or T: +353 91 894800 for more details.
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Travel Department Tour of Connemara and the Aran Islands
Whether it’s ancient Gaelic culture, iconic villages or the stunningly remote islands on the coast, Galway has it all.
On this guided group holiday from Travel Department, you will:
- Stay 3 nights in Galway – the perfect location to explore the West of Ireland
- Enjoy a full day excursion to the Connemara region with a sightseeing cruise on Lough Corrib
- Travel to The Aran Islands & explore Inis Mór, including entrance to Dun Aengus Fort
- Visit the Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery en-route to Galway
- Visit charming villages like Leenane, Letterfrack and Cong, made famous by the film ‘The Quiet Man’ starring John Wayne
- Leisure time to explore at your own pace
- Travel Department is now offering a Flexible Low Deposit from €100pp on all new Homegrown bookings made until 30th September 2020. Should their plans change, customers will be able to change their holiday free of charge, or simply swap the deposit for a voucher up until 18th December 2020 or when their balance is due; whichever comes first.
Prices from €599pp for 3 nights including 3* B&B hotel accommodation, transfers, excursions and expert local guide, departing from October 2020.
For more information or to book, click here or call 01-6371600
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