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Marlfield House: A May bank holiday treat

Growing up I remember my mother telling me that you have to harden off young flowers by planting them out from their winter pots to beds in the garden.  Let me tell you that I feel very sorry for [...]

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Hill of Uisneach: Sacred Heritage Site

The Hill of Uisneach, Co. Westmeath, is genuinely off the beaten track and not well known.  Therefore, I hoped it would be worth getting up at the crack of dawn on a wet Sunday to check it out.  [...]

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Easter Holidays: Tips for weekend breaks

Historically there are several colours associated with Easter but for me Yellow is the one that is redolent of Easter.  The primary colour yellow relates to the rays of the sun, now riding higher [...]

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day – Seeking  out some Spiritual Trails

St. Patrick is probably one of the best known saints in the world.  We here in Ireland rejoice in our ownership of this iconic saint who is feted every year on our national holiday – the 17th [...]

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Chinese New Year: Celebrate at Longueville House

Happy New Year. The 16th February sees the beginning of the Chinese New Year.  2018 is the Year of the Dog – the Earth Dog to be precise.  This movable annual festival is eagerly awaited by [...]

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Coopershill House – House Party Venue

This year I have decided to ignore February and Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, 14th February.  There are several reasons for this – it falls on a Wednesday – Ash Wednesday! Secondly, I [...]

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January Blues Escape!

January can be such a long month after all the excitement of Christmas.  If by any chance you got a Blue Book voucher as a present at Christmas a good suggestion to shorten the middle of winter [...]

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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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