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Herbert Park Hotel

Delighted to list The Herbert Park Hotel as new entry on my website today www.hilaryfinlay.com. A great new addition to my selection of super hotels to stay in.  Enjoy reading my review of this [...]

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Three Wise Choices for Christmas

  The Merrion Hotel Dublin – Give yourself a treat this Christmas A stylish Christmas awaits guests in the 5 star Merrion Hotel in the Georgian Quarter of Dublin’s fair city.  Here you will [...]

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Dinner Dances – never out of fashion

Children always love to dress up whether it be for Halloween or playing games with friends.  That urge to dress up doesn’t go away when we become adults.  That is probably why dinner dances [...]

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Advent Markets in Austria evoke Spirit of Christmas

Advent markets are wonderful occasions to get you in the festive mood; particularly if they are located in villages and towns where the tradition goes back many decades.  This custom began [...]

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Solvang – a Hidden Gem in the U.S.

Memories are funny things; they hit you sometimes without any reason.  This morning I was suddenly reminded of a road trip some years ago along Route 1 in the U.S. (naturally driving a [...]

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November Breaks! Country House Hotels with real fires

We all know about Guy Fawkes on the 5th November and the tradition of fireworks on that particular date.  November could be called a ‘month for the fire’ as winter time has now arrived and with [...]

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Air Travel in Dublin yesterday – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good:  Yes, it was time for our annual golfing holiday with our friends.  We have been taking this week in Spain for the last five years and no hiccups with our travel until this year. It was [...]

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Halloween Holiday:  Ghosts and Ghouls

So!  Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year but we still have that lovely long bank holiday weekend to enjoy ourselves.  It is quite fascinating how Halloween gets bigger every year.   I was [...]

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Autumnal Colours

I regularly see painting holidays advertised as activity breaks for Irish hotels – particularly during the autumn season.  I suppose this is for two very good reasons; the first being that the [...]

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Glasnevin Cemetery History Tour

Are you looking for a more unusual Dublin expedition?  My suggestion is the history tour at Glasnevin Cemetery.  I was really surprised on arrival to see a magnificent modern Museum building near [...]