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  • Restaurant Review - Slane Castle - The Gandon Room

    Restaurant Review - Slane Castle - The Gandon Room

    23 August 2017

    The Boyneside Slane Castle is an iconic Irish landmark, drawing the world's biggest rock stars, says Lucinda O’Sullivan. Now, with a massive distillery launching this month, and two restaurants open, she just had to check it out.

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  • Lucinda's Top 20 Street Food Stop Offs

    Lucinda's Top 20 Street Food Stop Offs

    16 August 2017

    Lucinda's Top 20 street food spots, markets and food fests, for the greatest grub on the go.

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  • Hot 100 Places To Eat - Part Five

    Hot 100 Places To Eat - Part Five

    09 August 2017

    Part five of Lucinda's Hot 100, here are her Top 20 Grills or finger-lickin' badass bbq in 2017.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Granvilles

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Granvilles

    03 August 2017

    We'd driven by Paul and Leonie Granville’s eponymous family run bar & restaurant on the way into Macroom on many occasions and didn't have time to stop, this time we did.

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  • Hot 100 Places To Eat - Part Four

    Hot 100 Places To Eat - Part Four

    02 August 2017

    Part four of Lucinda's Hot 100, here are her Top 20 Gastro Greats for pubbing and grubbing in style in 2017.

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Belle's Kitchen

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Belle's Kitchen

    27 July 2017

    Just a short walk from the popular beach in Rathmullan, Co. Donegal is Belle’s Kitchen on Pier Road sitting beside its sister biz, the Salt 'n Batter fish and chip shop.

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  • Hot 100 Places To Eat - Part Three

    Hot 100 Places To Eat - Part Three

    26 July 2017

    Part three of Lucinda's Hot 100, here are her Top 20 Hot Coastal Eateries for coast to coast dining in 2017.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat - The Westgrove Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat - The Westgrove Hotel

    21 July 2017

    If your agenda for the next twelve months includes some time spent exploring Ireland’s Ancient East, then be sure to check out the 4 Star Westgrove Hotel, in Clane, Co. Kildare.

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  • Hot 100 Places To Eat - Part Two

    Hot 100 Places To Eat - Part Two

    19 July 2017

    Part two of Lucinda's Hot 100, here are her Top 20 Sassy Seafood Spots for suckin' and shuckin' in 2017.

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  • Hot 100 Places To Eat - Part One

    Hot 100 Places To Eat - Part One

    12 July 2017

    Part one of Lucinda's Hot 100, here are her Top 20 Terraces for eating and drinking outdoors in Summer 2017.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Quay West

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Quay West

    10 July 2017

    Perfectly situated just opposite Donegal Pier in the county town of the O’Donnell county, is the fab Quay West Restaurant.

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  • Restaurant Review - Poke

    Restaurant Review - Poke

    05 July 2017

    With good seafood, price can often be an issue, says Lucinda O’Sullivan. However, Niall Sabongi has just opened his new sassy seafood shack, Klaw Poke on Capel Street, offering premium poisson at a practical price

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  • Restaurant Review - Roberta's

    Restaurant Review - Roberta's

    28 June 2017

    Roberta's, the latest venture of the ever current Press Up Group, is a surefire hit, says Lucinda O’Sullivan. With a fantastic vibe, great food and an aesthetic that's overflowing with style, book a table at Dublin's latest hotspot.

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  • Restaurant Review - Screebe House

    Restaurant Review - Screebe House

    21 June 2017

    Set across a sprawling estate, Screebe House in Connemara is no ordinary getaway, says Lucinda O’Sullivan. From food to furnishings to facilities and fab service, this one gets five stars across the board.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Michael's Mount Merrion

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Michael's Mount Merrion

    15 June 2017

    If you’re looking for a great spot to wine and dine, be it morning noon or night, in the Dublin suburbs, then look no further than Michael's Mount Merrion.

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  • Restaurant Review - Sivad

    Restaurant Review - Sivad

    14 June 2017

    After years of belly-busting brunches with an ocean of cocktails, Sunday roast lunch has finally made a comeback, says Lucinda O’Sullivan. For a great afternoon bite, without the haute hipster nonsense, check out the Sivad Grill

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat - Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat - Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort

    08 June 2017

    Stunningly situated on the banks of Blessington Lakes and with fab views of the Wicklow Mountains, Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort boasts some of the most spectacular atmospheric scenery that Ireland has to offer.

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  • Restaurant Review - Kernel Bar & Kitchen

    Restaurant Review - Kernel Bar & Kitchen

    07 June 2017

    Having spent almost three decades perfecting her culinary art, Chef Maria Raftery has gone out on her own, says Lucinda O’Sullivan, who couldn't wait to try the new Kernel Bar & Kitchen in the heart of the old city.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat - Killarney Riverside Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat - Killarney Riverside Hotel

    01 June 2017

    Steeped in Irish history and culture, Killarney has always been a popular spot for tourists. There’s so much to see and do in the surrounding area, from touring the ring of Kerry, to exploring Killarney National Park, to visiting historic sites.

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  • Restaurant Review - Herbert Room at Cahernane House

    Restaurant Review - Herbert Room at Cahernane House

    31 May 2017

    Having loved her past visits to the historic Cahernane House in Killarney, Lucinda O’Sullivan was delighted to be returning to check out the renovations and to try their new chef's fab contemporary cuisine.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Kernel Bar & Kitchen

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Kernel Bar & Kitchen

    30 May 2017

    With 17 years under her belt as Head Chef at Zuni in Kilkenny, Maria Raftery has a fine culinary reputation and following in the city. However, most chefs dream of having their own restaurant, and, when the opportunity arose to do so, Raftery ran with it.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat - Mulroy Woods Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat - Mulroy Woods Hotel

    25 May 2017

    Stunningly set, in the heart of Donegal’s beautiful scenic countryside, and on the main route of the Wild Atlantic Way, is the lovely Mulroy Woods Hotel close to the village of Milford.

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  • Restaurant Review - Old Street

    Restaurant Review - Old Street

    24 May 2017

    Having exploded with life and culture in the boom, Malahide’s happening reputation had waned, says Lucinda O’Sullivan. Now, Old Street, with its fab new-wave food and design, is bringing the cool edge back to town.

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  • Restaurant Review - Nightmarket

    Restaurant Review - Nightmarket

    17 May 2017

    Being reviewed on the first night of opening might scare the pants off some restaurateurs, says Lucinda O’Sullivan, but, the new Nightmarket in Ranelagh should have nothing to fear besides stampedes of eager diners.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Button & Spoon

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Button & Spoon

    11 May 2017

    As we rolled over another humpback bridge, Sir said tersely, "is it Bridgetown or Brigadoon we’re in search of?" The SatNav had led us on a merry dance, passing shortcuts that would be familiar to locals, but I was on a mission to find Button & Spoon

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  • Restaurant Review - Duende

    Restaurant Review - Duende

    10 May 2017

    An impressive set of pictures, tweeted by the chef of Duende in Drogheda, drew Lucinda O’Sullivan like a moth to a flame. The food and service were good, but the lunchtime menu didn’t exactly set her world alight

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  • Restaurant Review - Dooks

    Restaurant Review - Dooks

    03 May 2017

    Having worked at Ottolenghi's and the Petersham Nurseries, Richard Gleeson returned to the green fields of Tipp to fulfil his dreams, establishing the new Dooks Fine Foods in Fethard, says Lucinda O’Sullivan.

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  • Restaurant Review - Rachel's

    Restaurant Review - Rachel's

    26 April 2017

    The arrival of Rachel Allen's first solo restaurant adventure has been eagerly awaited in Cork, says Lucinda O’Sullivan, who hot-footed it to the rebel city to try the sassy cocktails and high-class menu at the brand new Rachel's

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  • Restaurant Review - Guilbaud's Reborn

    Restaurant Review - Guilbaud's Reborn

    19 April 2017

    There weren’t many Michelin stars floating around Ireland when Patrick Guilbaud showed up, says Lucinda O’Sullivan. Three decades on, his name, and the stars it carries, are synonymous with the best of Irish cuisine.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay - Ballyliffin Townhouse

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay - Ballyliffin Townhouse

    13 April 2017

    Topping the National Geographic's 17 for 2017 Cool List, Donegal is officially the coolest place on the planet, not just for its fab scenery and proximety to the Wild Atlantic Way, but for it's warmth & hospitality.

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  • Restaurant Review - Coffee Counter Culture

    Restaurant Review - Coffee Counter Culture

    12 April 2017

    Cafe society has never been more in vogue, says Lucinda O’Sullivan. From high end barista bars to greasy spoons with heaps of personality, everyone that’s anyone has a regular coffee spot nowadays.

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  • Restaurant Review - Cask

    Restaurant Review - Cask

    05 April 2017

    With a somewhat stagnant foodie scene, Cork isn’t the culinary hotspot it once was, says Lucinda O’Sullivan. However, Bryan McCarthy, Head Chef of Greene’s and the new Cask at Hotel Isaacs, is just the man to shake things up.

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  • Restaurant Review - The Bay Tree

    Restaurant Review - The Bay Tree

    29 March 2017

    Innovative Chef Keith Boyle is no stranger to the Waterford dining scene, says Lucinda O’Sullivan, and his new venture, The Bay Tree on Merchants Quay, is a fantastic 3-floor undertaking that’s sure to make a big splash.

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  • Restaurant Review - Thali

    Restaurant Review - Thali

    22 March 2017

    We've had a few scattered Nepalese Restaurants around Dublin over the years, but the new Thali on Popes Quay is Cork's first, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, who couldn't wait to drop in for a bite.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Suesey Street

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Suesey Street

    21 March 2017

    Having loved everything about it when I had first visited, I was finally back on what is one of the best terraces in Dublin, located to the rear of one of the citys fine Georgian houses, Suesey Street - which indeed was the original name for Leeson Street

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat - Castle Oaks House Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat - Castle Oaks House Hotel

    16 March 2017

    Set on 26 acres of beautifully maintained gardens, which lead onto the banks of the famous River Shannon, as soon as we set foot on the Grounds of the Castle Oaks House Hotel, we knew that we’d picked a winner.

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  • Restaurant Review - Anocht

    Restaurant Review - Anocht

    15 March 2017

    Kilkenny has become a fab foodie destination with artisan producers and Michelin stars aplenty, says Lucinda O’Sullivan. Anocht, at the Kilkenny Design Centre, is the perfect place to try some of the best of modern Ireland.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Dining Room

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Dining Room

    08 March 2017

    On a recent excursion west, we found ourselves overnighting in Castlebar and in search of an evening bite. After 20 minutes or so of humming and hawing, we stumbled across Dining Room, on Bridge Street, and decided to give it a go.

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  • Restaurant Review - 64 Wine

    Restaurant Review - 64 Wine

    02 March 2017

    During the week, 64 Wine is already a bastion of great wines, artisan small plates and sharing boards, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, and now this fabulous wine bar has added a superb repertoire of hot specials to its weekend menu.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Republic Bar & Grill

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Republic Bar & Grill

    02 March 2017

    With a relaxed charm and an effortless, welcoming atmosphere, the Republic Bar & Grill in Ballincollig, Co. Cork, was the perfect respite after a morning and afternoon spent wheeling around the rebel county.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat - Charleville Park Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat - Charleville Park Hotel

    28 February 2017

    If you’re thinking of heading south-west in search of respite or adventure, then set your sat nav for Charleville, Co. Cork. In the heart of Munster, Charleville is a terrific spot, with plenty of craic to be had, and well worth the pilgrimage.

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  • Restaurant Review - Bagots Hutton

    Restaurant Review - Bagots Hutton

    24 February 2017

    Bagots Hutton, located on the capital's quays, is a fantastic new undertaking, featuring a cafe, bar, restaurant and nightclub, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, who found herself delighted from antipasti right through to dolci.

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  • Restaurant Review - Valentine's Getaways

    Restaurant Review - Valentine's Getaways

    14 February 2017

    With V-Day upon us, lots of folks will be panicking and rethinking the cheap bouquets and ambitious kitchen plans, says Lucinda O’Sullivan. For anyone still twiddling their thumbs, check out her 12 romantic hot spots.

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  • Restaurant Review - Mr. Fox

    Restaurant Review - Mr. Fox

    09 February 2017

    Making a success of a basement restaurant in a not-so-salubrious neighbourhood is a challenge, says Lucinda O’Sullivan. However, this new venture may have just what it takes, with excellent food and retro sweet treats

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  • Restaurant Review - Lobstar

    Restaurant Review - Lobstar

    02 February 2017

    With a host of great eateries already in situ, a newbie has to be pretty damn good to survive in Monkstown, says Lucinda O'Sullivan. Lobstar, the latest to plant its flag, has personality, style and some really good food.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Sivad Grill & Wine Bar

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Sivad Grill & Wine Bar

    01 February 2017

    I love the way dining styles have evolved in Ireland over the years with todays mode of choice being much more casual fare, though painstakingly and expertly prepared, served up with really good imported wines.

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  • Restaurant Review - Dulse

    Restaurant Review - Dulse

    25 January 2017

    With a new name and chef attached, she couldn't wait to get back up to Mulberry's, now Dulse, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, who, after making a beeline out West, discovered that the new chef had already departed.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Whelehans Wines

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Whelehans Wines

    25 January 2017

    When I first visited David Whelehan’s vast new wine emporium in the bleak first days of January 2015, one half of me thought ‘this place is amazing’, while the other half wondered if he wasn’t a bit mad….

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  • Restaurant Review - Ember

    Restaurant Review - Ember

    20 January 2017

    The new Ember Restaurant looked trendy and was serving up some tasty, top-notch fine dining on their opening night, says Lucinda O'Sullivan. Watch this space, it's sure to be deep in hipsters and cool cats in no time.

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  • Restaurant Review - Whelehans Wines

    Restaurant Review - Whelehans Wines

    13 January 2017

    When David Whelehan took on the derelict Silver Tassie pub, she wasn't sure how he'd fare, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, but today his fab Whelehans Wines has brought the world's best wines to Loughlinstown, along with great food.

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  • Restaurant Review - Seasons @ Intercontinental

    Restaurant Review - Seasons @ Intercontinental

    06 January 2017

    The Four Seasons Ballsbridge was a boom-years hub for the who's-who and elite hobnobbers, but it lost its cool before departing in 2014, says Lucinda O'Sullivan. However, the fabulous new Intercontinental Hotel has brought the A-list back.

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  • Lucinda's Lookback on 2016

    Lucinda's Lookback on 2016

    03 January 2017

    After 12 months of the good, the bad and the Donald, Lucinda O'Sullivan, with a rocking Chinese, a Michelin starred market cafe, and the irrepressible Prez, gives you her 12 hottest dining experiences of 2016

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  • Restaurant Review - Ballynahinch Castle

    Restaurant Review - Ballynahinch Castle

    02 January 2017

    Hotel dining has come a long way in a short time, says Lucinda O’Sullivan, and, at the fab Owenmore Restaurant in Ballynahinch Castle, Chef Ultan Cooke’s contemporary cuisine is definitely a contender for best in the west.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat - Dingle Skellig Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat - Dingle Skellig Hotel

    20 December 2016

    Dingle is certainly one of Ireland’s most beautiful spots, drawing holidaymakers from near and far to witness the kind of idyllic beautiful scenery that captured the worlds hearts in the classic film Ryan’s Daughter.

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  • Restaurant Review - Christmas chow

    Restaurant Review - Christmas chow

    13 December 2016

    A true Yuletide shopping spree wouldn't be complete without a festive foodie pit-stop, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, and, with so much great food and drink to choose from these days, December's diners are sure to be merry

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Cirillo's

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Cirillo's

    13 December 2016

    In 1977, Emilio Cirillo took over Nico’s, one of Dublin's oldest Italian restaurants, and almost forty years later his nephew, James Cirillo, has opened the eponymous Cirillo’s on Lower Baggot Street.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Connemara Greenway Cafe & Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Connemara Greenway Cafe & Restaurant

    08 December 2016

    On a late summer afternoon, whilst adventuring along the Wild Atlantic Way, we came across the wonderful Connemara Greenway Café & Restaurant on the Main Street in Oughterard, and, feeling a tad peckish, we were more than happy to stop and check it out.

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  • Restaurant Review - Wilde

    Restaurant Review - Wilde

    08 December 2016

    Set in Dublin’s fab Westbury Hotel, Wilde restaurant has had a major makeover, says Lucinda O’Sullivan, and, with its glamorous new 30s-style retro look, not to mention great food, it’s sure to be more popular than ever.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Mercantile

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Mercantile

    05 December 2016

    Right in the heart of Dublin City, the fabulous Mercantile Hotel has become a buzzing local hub of good food and drink with a very popular late night scene.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Cafe en Seine

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Cafe en Seine

    28 November 2016

    After all the hard work of shopping up and down Grafton Street, Café en Seine was the perfect place for friend Mary and I to grab lunch on a recent day in town. A hotspot at any time of the day, Café en Seine is a treasure trove of great food and drink.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - House of Plates

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - House of Plates

    25 November 2016

    Tapas and small plate dining has taken the foodie world by storm, and, when it's done right, it’s a fantastic, social way to eat and to try out lots of different dishes. House of Plates in Castlebar, Co. Mayo is the perfect example of this.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Opium

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Opium

    23 November 2016

    Opium Asian Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, has been hot and happening since the day it opened its Wexford Street doors. I stopped in with friend Paul when it first opened to find all sorts of cool dudes, long legged blondes and rock band types sussing it out

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - La Cucina

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - La Cucina

    22 November 2016

    The bar for good food and service in Dublin City has been raised so high in these past few years that you have to be really very special if you want to compete.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Soder + Ko

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Soder + Ko

    17 November 2016

    We’ve had the gastropub and now it’s the gastroclub. I love the notion of good restaurant-style food being served in casual surroundings, so do many others, which is why Michelin starred chefs worldwide are rapidly turning to this ever-growing market.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat - Kilronan Castle

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat - Kilronan Castle

    15 November 2016

    Ireland abounds with beautiful old heritage houses and castles and if many of them could speak for themselves no doubt the tales they would tell would be fantastic. One of the best is Kilronan Castle In Ballyfarnon, Co. Roscommon.

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  • Restaurant Review - Campagne

    Restaurant Review - Campagne

    15 November 2016

    For whatever dubious reason, getting Michelin recognition in Ireland is like Mission Impossible, says Lucinda O’Sullivan. Fortunately, Kilkenny’s fab Campagne is one of the few to get its rightful place among the stars.

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Marcel's

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Marcel's

    14 November 2016

    Having reviewed Marcel’s in its original location on Mary’s Road and really liked its Franco Moroccan style colours and furnishings, I visited its new location on Merrion Row, in the buzzy heart of what's called the Golden Mile around St. Stephen's Green

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Pichet

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Pichet

    10 November 2016

    Since hitting the ground running in 2009, the fab Pichet has gone from strength to strength, keeping high the bar of good food in Ireland and continuing to be one of the hottest spots in Dublin City, and lately it’s had a major makeover.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Le Plancha

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Le Plancha

    08 November 2016

    “It’s amazing what a lick of paint can do to a place”, I said to my friend Mary, in the new Le Plancha in Monkstown.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Green Hen

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Green Hen

    04 November 2016

    I'm rather partial to French food at all levels, which is why I love the whole extravagant French bistro vibe and ambiance of The Green Hen, not to mention the food. Located right beside the well known Old Stand Pub on Exchequer Street in Dublin City

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - McNean House

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - McNean House

    02 November 2016

    Neven Maguire is far more than one of Ireland’s best-known chefs, more importantly, he is one of Ireland’s best loved chefs. His smiling face and down to earth approach, have earned him a legion of fans.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat - InterContinental Dublin

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat - InterContinental Dublin

    31 October 2016

    A true oasis of luxury and style, the InterContinental Dublin in Dublin's prestigious D4 Embassy belt, is one of the very best hotels that Ireland has to offer.

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - East Side Tavern

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - East Side Tavern

    28 October 2016

    East Side Tavern is set in what was once O’Dwyer’s pub on the corner of Leeson Street and St. Stephen’s Green East. This was a real hot spot in the 60’s and 70’s with students, politicians, and literary figures such as Brendan Behan and Patrick Kavanagh

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Cox's Steakhouse

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Cox's Steakhouse

    26 October 2016

    Off the beaten track, in the picturesque village of Dromod in Co.Leitrim, is Cox’s Steakhouse Bar & Restaurant, where from the moment you set foot in the door you know you’ve picked a winner.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Chandpur Indian Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Chandpur Indian Restaurant

    25 October 2016

    Some of my very favourite places to go are Indian restaurants. I’ve always loved good Indian food with it’s wonderful rich palette of flavours that just can't be found in other cuisines.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Eatokyo Japanese Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Eatokyo Japanese Restaurant

    20 October 2016

    I’ve had a lot of bad food dished up in the name of Japan in recent years, from soggy tempura prawns to bad takeaway Chinese style stirfries. So, it was rather nice then to discover Eatokyo, a delightful new noodle and sushi bar on Wellington Quay.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Mimosa Bar De Tapas

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Mimosa Bar De Tapas

    17 October 2016

    Tucked away in a side street of Carlow Town is the popular Mimosa Bar De Tapas, a bastion of tasty food that runs on the ethos of simplicity.

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Girl and the Goose

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Girl and the Goose

    13 October 2016

    Tucked away, up a steep staircase, in the very heart of D4, is a hidden gem. “Who is Michael Sabik?”, you might ask. He’s not a guy who seeks the limelight, he just keeps his head down and works in his kitchen.

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  • Restaurant Review - The Restaurant by Johnnie Cooke

    Restaurant Review - The Restaurant by Johnnie Cooke

    12 October 2016

    With fab food and style, Johnnie Cooke has been dazzling Dublin diners for the last quarter century, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, and his latest venture, The Restaurant at Brown Thomas, is no exception.

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  • Restaurant Review - Rosa Madre

    Restaurant Review - Rosa Madre

    10 October 2016

    We have lots of Italian restaurants in Ireland, though many are of the pizza/pasta fast food variety, says Lucinda O'Sullivan. However, from gnocchi to scalloppina, Rosa Madre on Dublin's Crow Street offers a true taste of Italy.

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  • Restaurant Review - Greenes

    Restaurant Review - Greenes

    04 October 2016

    The classic refined lunchtime took a beating in recent years in favour of a pulled pork roll or or a bowl of noodles at the desk, says Lucinda O’Sullivan. However, fab, fancy fare and lavish lunchtimes are back on the rise

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  • Restaurant Review - Charlotte Quay

    Restaurant Review - Charlotte Quay

    24 September 2016

    Unable to stand the heat, restaurateur after restaurateur have abandoned the kitchen at Charlotte Quay Dock, says Lucinda. Will the latest crew to house their colours here have the right brand of cool?

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  • Restaurant Review - Fishbone

    Restaurant Review - Fishbone

    06 September 2016

    With great food and clearly a lot of effort and thought from the kitchen staff, Lucinda O’Sullivan was disappointed by the abysmal front of house service upon her arrival at the new Fishbone in Clontarf

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Clonskeagh House

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Clonskeagh House

    01 September 2016

    "Flavour is clearly the goal here”, I said to my friend Rena, as we drooled over our starters. That may sound obvious but very often flavour is lost in favour of presentation.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat – Cahernane House Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat – Cahernane House Hotel

    30 August 2016

    Set on the doorstep of the Lakes of Killarney, with breath taking views of the mountains beyond, is the beautiful and luxurious Cahernane House Hotel, with a fascinating history that goes all the way back to the War of the Roses.

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  • Restaurant Review - Zen

    Restaurant Review - Zen

    23 August 2016

    There’s so much fab modern innovative Asian cuisine to explore these days, says Lucinda O’Sullivan, but a visit to Zen Restaurant in Rathmines, with all the feeling of a bad 80’s time warp, left her longing to get back to the future.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat – Cream Room Curry House

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat – Cream Room Curry House

    16 August 2016

    I love good Indian food, but unfortunately good Indian food can be hard to find, with lots of operations being of the fatty fast food variety. So, when I find somewhere good, I can’t wait to sing its praises, and this is just the case at the Cream Room.

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  • Lunching at leisure

    Lunching at leisure

    16 August 2016

    With the sun shining brightly and the wicked month of August truly at its height, Lucinda O'Sullivan suggests 10 top spots in unique settings to help you make the most of summer, with as much great food, and fun, as possible.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Supper Club

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Supper Club

    10 August 2016

    Kinsale has always been a beacon of great food and hospitality – Whether it’s fancy and formal or trendy and casual. Tom Kay’s Supper Club, on Cork Street, is definitely the latter. It’s laid back, funky and informal, and I love it.

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  • Restaurant Review - The Amber Lounge @ Fota Island

    Restaurant Review - The Amber Lounge @ Fota Island

    09 August 2016

    Whether it’s kids or couples, Fota Island in East Cork is a great spot for a summer getaway, says Lucinda O’Sullivan, and the new Amber Lounge at the Fota Island Resort is the perfect place for a casual bite pre or post safari!

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  • Restaurant Review - Lady Helen Restaurant @ Mount Juliet

    Restaurant Review - Lady Helen Restaurant @ Mount Juliet

    02 August 2016

    Returning for the first time since they were awarded their Michelin Star, Lucinda O’Sullivan was once again blown away by the service, style and cuisine at the Lady Helen Restaurant in the fab Mount Juliet, Co.Kilkenny

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Rasoi: Indian To Go

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Rasoi: Indian To Go

    26 July 2016

    The days of the mush merchant have ended with the arrival of Benny Jacob’s fab Rasoi: Indian To Go, in the heart of D6 Ranelagh.

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  • Restaurant Review - Samphire

    Restaurant Review - Samphire

    26 July 2016

    Social eating is the latest trend to break out in the foodie world, says Lucinda O’Sullivan. It’s about putting all the hip aspects of the food and drink scene under one roof and creating one stop shops for socialising

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Bare Food Company

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Bare Food Company

    22 July 2016

    Healthy eating is where it’s at these days, and The Bare Food Company, in the centre of Drogheda, has its finger on the foodie pulse.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Pickle Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Pickle Restaurant

    20 July 2016

    There isn’t a culinary accolade in this country that Sunil Ghai hasn’t achieved. Over the past decade he has been declared Best Chef in Ireland by various awarding bodies…..

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Nine Market Street

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Nine Market Street

    13 July 2016

    Kinsale is, and always has been, one of my favorite places in the world to be. Besides the historic beauty of the town and the wonderful summer atmosphere that it seems to maintain year round, Kinsale is a bastion of good service and great food.

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  • Restaurant Review - Canteen Cellbridge

    Restaurant Review - Canteen Cellbridge

    12 July 2016

    When James Sheridan and Soizic Humbert opened there first Canteen, in the Blackrock Market, they made a splash right away, says Lucinda O’Sullivan, who couldn’t wait to get through the doors of their new Canteen Celbridge.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Church Bar & Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Church Bar & Restaurant

    06 July 2016

    Perhaps one of the most distinct and unique spots to dine in Dublin, The Church Restaurant at the Junction of Mary Street and Jervis Street, is a fantastic destination at which to spend an evening.

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  • Restaurant Review - St Kyrans

    Restaurant Review - St Kyrans

    05 July 2016

    Having got wind of a hot young chef, Lucinda O’Sullivan hit the road for St. Kyrans in Virginia, Co.Cavan, where she was suitably impressed by Eddie Attwell’s culinary prowess

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  • Restaurant Review - The Coburg

    Restaurant Review - The Coburg

    28 June 2016

    When it comes to pushing the boundaries of contemporary cuisine, there's a fine line between fusion and confusion, says Lucinda O'Sullivan. Unfortunately, The Coburg at the Conrad Dublin has crossed that line.

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  • Cork's Casual Revolution

    Cork's Casual Revolution

    21 June 2016

    Cork hasn’t always been a trendsetter when it comes to Irish dining, says Lucinda O’Sullivan. But, lately, they’ve been riding a wave of hip, casual, unpretentious street food that’s as tasty as it is cheap

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  • Restaurant Review - Cirillo's

    Restaurant Review - Cirillo's

    14 June 2016

    With a pedigree in Italian food, great things were expected from James Cirillo’s eponymous new Dublin restaurant, says Lucinda O’Sullivan, and with authentic food in a cool setting, she wasn’t let down

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  • Restaurant Review - Forest & Marcy

    Restaurant Review - Forest & Marcy

    07 June 2016

    Things got off to a slightly rocky start at the new Forest & Marcy on Dublin's Upper Leeson Street, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, but it soon became smooth sailing, as Ciaran Sweeney's outstanding food couldn't but impress

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Baan Sujittra

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Baan Sujittra

    01 June 2016

    The level of choice in this country, when it comes to varied cuisine, has really taken leaps and bounds forward. With the ever-growing foodie culture showing no signs of slowing down, we’ve never had so much choice where good food is concerned.

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  • Restaurant Review - Zizzi's

    Restaurant Review - Zizzi's

    31 May 2016

    With 143 branches in the UK, the new Zizzi pizza & pasta restaurant has just opened at Dundrum Town Centre, says Lucinda O’Sullivan. But, after her visit, she couldn’t help feeling perhaps she’d found a weak link in this chain

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Saba Baggot Street

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Saba Baggot Street

    26 May 2016

    Some people don’t like Indian food, some people don’t like Chinese food but pretty well everybody loves Thai food. Saba, which means ‘happy meeting place’, is one of the great success stories and consequently celebrating its tenth birthday this year.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Fire Restaurant and Lounge

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Fire Restaurant and Lounge

    24 May 2016

    Competition in Dublin’s dining scene has never been hotter and, amongst the dining destinations vying for your attention in the city centre, Fire Restaurant at the top of Dawson Street, burns as brightly as any.

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  • Restaurant Review - Two Cooks Restaurant & Wine Bar

    Restaurant Review - Two Cooks Restaurant & Wine Bar

    17 May 2016

    The Two Cooks Restaurant & Wine Bar in Sallins, Co.Kildare, is turning up the heat in the kitchen, Says Lucinda O’Sullivan, with a tip top husband and wife cheffing team proving that two heads are better than one

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Collins Bar

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Collins Bar

    11 May 2016

    The gastro pub revolution has seen a dramatic change in the way in which we view pub grub in this country. The bar has been raised, so to speak, and, while some establishments have not met the challenge, others have exceeded expectations.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Vermilion

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Vermilion

    05 May 2016

    It’s hard to beat good Indian food. The fantastic palate of spices employed by Indian cuisine brings out flavours and taste sensations that are indescribably splendid, and really tough to find anywhere else.

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Kaya Thai

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Kaya Thai

    03 May 2016

    Thai food has taken Ireland by storm in recent years with upscale, traditional, casual and even street food styles all being eagerly devoured by the munching masses.

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  • Restaurant Review - Wanderlust

    Restaurant Review - Wanderlust

    03 May 2016

    With a fine pedigree in Asian food, Ricky and Jules Mak have let their imaginations roam free at their fabulous new restaurant, Wanderlust, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, who adored their casual food from all over the world.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Kyoto Asian Street Food

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Kyoto Asian Street Food

    28 April 2016

    Kyoto is the newest addition to Waterford’s dining scene, and the first Japanese restaurant in the city, I was told – though they do have other Asian street food.

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  • Restaurant Review - Nico's

    Restaurant Review - Nico's

    26 April 2016

    With 25 years between visits, Lucinda O'Sullivan, found a fab Art Deco interior, thoroughly professional staff and authentic food at Nico's on Dame Street

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Eastern Tandoori Loughrea

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Eastern Tandoori Loughrea

    22 April 2016

    As many of you may know, I’m partial to Indian food, and when I find somewhere good, which specialises in providing their customers with high quality, authentic cuisine, I can’t wait to talk about it.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Masala: Indian Food To Go

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Masala: Indian Food To Go

    20 April 2016

    Our passion for spicy food is ever-growing and the notion of the old bog standard Indian Takeaway has come along way with some of the newer ones offering superb restaurant standard food to eat at home.

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  • Restaurant Review - Aroi Kilkenny

    Restaurant Review - Aroi Kilkenny

    19 April 2016

    Eddie and Jenny Ong Chok Fong's Aroi eatery in Limerick hit the nail on the head when it opened two years ago, says Lucinda. So, when she heard they had opened their doors in Kilkenny, she could'nt wait to drop in...

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  • Restaurant Review - Saba Baggot Street

    Restaurant Review - Saba Baggot Street

    12 April 2016

    It’s amazing how far Ireland’s Thai scene has come, says Lucinda O’Sullivan. With fabulous places like Saba, which has a new branch on Dublin’s Upper Baggot Street, it seems that the shameless slop houses of the Celtic Tiger are a thing of the past

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  • Restaurant Review - Best Italian Restaurants

    Restaurant Review - Best Italian Restaurants

    05 April 2016

    A good Italian meal is one of the best and undeniably most romantic ways to spend an evening, says Lucinda O’Sullivan, and luckily, in Ireland, we have a fantastic selection of ristorantes, pizzerias and trattorias to choose from

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - I Monelli

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - I Monelli

    29 March 2016

    I Monelli Restaurant, overlooking the Grand Canal at Portobello is an absolute haven of fabulous, authentic Italian food.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - La Cote Seafood Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - La Cote Seafood Restaurant

    22 March 2016

    La Cote Seafood Restaurant in Wexford has been delighting patrons with a fine dining experience that’s both affordable and relaxed since it opened its doors in 2014.

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  • Restaurant Review - Pickle

    Restaurant Review - Pickle

    22 March 2016

    Sunil Ghai’s new venture, Pickle Eating House & Bar on Dublin’s Camden Street, is an authentic and absolutely fabulous taste of the old Irani cafes of Bombay, says Lucinda O’Sullivan, so book your passage to India now.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Mystic Celt

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Mystic Celt

    16 March 2016

    In recent years, there has been a huge resurgence in people’s desire for fresh, locally sourced food that is high in quality, made from scratch and truly tasty. The Mystic Celt Restaurant in Wicklow Town answers this call.

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  • Restaurant Review - Craft

    Restaurant Review - Craft

    15 March 2016

    Sooner or later, every ambitious chef wants to take a chance on their own restaurant, says Lucinda O’Sullivan. Philip Yeung’s new Craft, with the cool vibe and ambience of a little Parisian bistro, is a gamble that’s sure to pay off

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  • Restaurant Review - Monto Cafe Restaurant & Steakhouse

    Restaurant Review - Monto Cafe Restaurant & Steakhouse

    09 March 2016

    With good food at good prices, the new Monto Cafe Restaurant & Steakhouse on Dublin’s Camden Street is well worth a visit, says Lucinda O’Sullivan — but sadly the waiter’s lack of warmth left a bad taste in her mouth . . .

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  • Restaurant Review - Heron & Grey

    Restaurant Review - Heron & Grey

    02 March 2016

    Fine dining doesn't have to be a stuffy affair, says Lucinda O'Sullivan,and at the new Heron & Grey, in the Blackrock Market, chef Damien Grey is dishing up haute cuisine without any haughtiness

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Four Winds & Second Wind Bar & Eatery

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Four Winds & Second Wind Bar & Eatery

    24 February 2016

    I spend a lot of time on the road looking at restaurants and hotels and when it comes to lunchtime I am always hungry. We very often travel the road between Limerick and Cork which is how we found the Four Winds Bar and Lounge in Charleville.

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  • Restaurant Review - Pullman Restaurant

    Restaurant Review - Pullman Restaurant

    20 February 2016

    Looking for romance? Lucinda O'Sullivan says the fabulous Pullman Restaurant at Galway's Glenlo Abbey Hotel, set within two of the original carriages from the world famous Orient Express, is a one-of-kind dining experience

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  • Love is in the Eyre - and everywhere you look

    Love is in the Eyre - and everywhere you look

    11 February 2016

    Leap Year love is in the air this Valentine's Day, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, so why not treat your better half to a luxurious leap?

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  • Restaurant Review - Union Cafe

    Restaurant Review - Union Cafe

    10 February 2016

    Things got off to a great start at the stylish new Union Cafe in Stillorgan, Co Dublin, says Lucinda O’Sullivan — however, three battered-to-death pieces of ‘hake scampi’ left her wishing she had let her husband have it

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  • Restaurant Review - The Seafood Bar by Wright's of Howth

    Restaurant Review - The Seafood Bar by Wright's of Howth

    05 February 2016

    The dining room at the Dawson Hotel, formerly La Stampa,on Dublin’s Dawson Street, has had a lot of ambitious suitors, says Lucinda O’Sullivan, but the latest, The Seafood Bar by Wright’s of Howth, might just be ‘the one’

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Brambles @ National Museum of Ireland - Country Life

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Brambles @ National Museum of Ireland - Country Life

    02 February 2016

    It may have started with one small cafe, but 20 premises later, Brambles has become a household name. No two quiches will ever be the same, say Ciaran and Maeve Reid, because everything is made by hand.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat - Hylands Burren Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat - Hylands Burren Hotel

    28 January 2016

    If, like many others today, you’re in search of an adventure along the Wild Atlantic Way, then look no further than the enchanting 18th century Hylands Burren Hotel in Co. Clare.

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  • Restaurant Review - Avalon

    Restaurant Review - Avalon

    27 January 2016

    The cheffing team at the new Avalon in Donnybrook did more than break a leg for opening night, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, if the nightly performance is as good as on her visit, the curtain call won't be anytime soon

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Farmhill Cafe & Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Farmhill Cafe & Restaurant

    26 January 2016

    There’s nothing like having a really good reliable neighbourhood restaurant on your doorstep to slip down to on a regular basis, be it for breakfast or brunch, for a casual bite in the evening or all those family occasions.

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  • Lucinda talks to Ciaran & Maeve Reid of Brambles

    Lucinda talks to Ciaran & Maeve Reid of Brambles

    26 January 2016

    Homemade and wholesome is the recipe for success It may have started with one small cafe, but 20 premises later, Brambles has become a household name, says Lucinda O'Sullivan

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Chapter 16

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Chapter 16

    21 January 2016

    On a recent excursion to the south, Brendan and I were in Kildare town looking for an early evening bite. We decided to try our luck at Chapter 16, and boy were we glad we did.

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  • Restaurant Review - Angelina's

    Restaurant Review - Angelina's

    21 January 2016

    The atmosphere and decor at the new Angelina's, overlooking Dublin's Grand Canal, was New York cool, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, now if only they could take the time to put taste before 'taste'

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  • Magnificent Irish cheese, a long way from plastic slices

    Magnificent Irish cheese, a long way from plastic slices

    20 January 2016

    With so many great Irish artisan producers now on the scene, things have certainly moved on for the better, says Lucinda O'Sullivan

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Siri

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Siri

    19 January 2016

    Siri Indian Cuisine is one of a new breed of fantastic venues that is supplying the very best of restaurant standard food to take out.

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  • Taste Kilkenny offers the best of local artisan food

    Taste Kilkenny offers the best of local artisan food

    17 January 2016

    An enterprising group of Kilkenny food producers has formed the new Taste Kilkenny brand, says Lucinda O'Sullivan

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  • Restaurant Review - Rage

    Restaurant Review - Rage

    15 January 2016

    Blackrock was definitely in need of a good restaurant that appeals to families and diners of all ages, and now it has it, says Lucinda O’Sullivan, following her visit to the new Rage flame-grilled restaurant

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat - Belleek Castle

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat - Belleek Castle

    13 January 2016

    The stunning Belleek Castle in Co.Mayo, an absolute medieval dream, was built in the early 19th along the River Moy, atop the site of a former abbey.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat - Menlo Park Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay & Eat - Menlo Park Hotel

    11 January 2016

    Galway has always been a very popular tourist destination and the perfect base for exploring Connemara and the Wild Atlantic Way but, over the last couple of years, it has also really stepped up its game on the food front.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Green Man Wines

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Green Man Wines

    08 January 2016

    There’s something very civilised about having a nibble, on a balmy summer evening, surrounded by lots and lots of lovely bottles of wine!

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  • Restaurant Review - Tribeton

    Restaurant Review - Tribeton

    08 January 2016

    Galway's restaurant scene has really kicked it up a notch in recent times, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, following her visit to Gerry Barret's massive new industrial-warehouse-style gastrobar on Merchant's Road

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Lock 13

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Lock 13

    07 January 2016

    Making my way back from an afternoon of retail therapy in the Kildare outlet, myself and a pal headed for Lock 13 Gastro Pub and Craft Beer House, on the banks of the Grand Canal in the very pretty village of Sallins, Co. Kildare

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Riba

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Riba

    05 January 2016

    On a cold winters evening, with the wind blowing hard and the rain falling even harder, we were on our way to Café Restaurant Riba in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.

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  • Don't bother with new diet books just brush off last year's'

    Don't bother with new diet books just brush off last year's'

    04 January 2016

    Don't go rushing to buy any new diet books in 2016, just dust off the old ones because we've heard it all before.....

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Kenz

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Kenz

    31 December 2015

    “It’s always been our dream to open a restaurant”, said Samir Hachadi of the new Kenz Moroccan Restaurant and Takeaway on the main street in Blackrock in Co. Dublin.

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  • The Lucindas 2015

    The Lucindas 2015

    30 December 2015

    As we bid farewell to another year, Lucinda O'Sullivan takes a look back at the best and worst experiences of a year spent devouring great food - and not-so-great restaurateurs. The award goes to...

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  • New Year Breaks

    New Year Breaks

    29 December 2015

    Once a year, we all get a chance to start over again, a chance to reset our hopes and goals, put the past aside and to approach the future with optimism - and New Year's Eve has always been a celebration of that.

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  • Restaurant Review - Bastible

    Restaurant Review - Bastible

    20 December 2015

    With its deceptively simple urban chic style and its fairly priced fine dining, Barry Fitzgerald’s new Bastible,on Dublin’s South Circular Road, is a sure fire hit, says Lucinda O’Sullivan

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  • Reservation sites leave restaurants hot and cold

    Reservation sites leave restaurants hot and cold

    27 November 2015

    Fees charged by table-reservation sites mean another slice out of a dwindling pie for eateries, Lucinda O'Sullivan is told

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  • Restaurant Review - 12 Years of Rasam

    Restaurant Review - 12 Years of Rasam

    27 November 2015

    Rasam are celebrating their 12th anniversary with a tasty new menu, and Lucinda O’Sullivan couldn’t wait to sample the latest delights at this renowned Indian restaurant

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  • Restaurant Review - loko

    Restaurant Review - loko

    14 November 2015

    Upon arriving at Loko in Waterford, Lucinda O’Sullivan was amused by the enormous effort that has clearly been put into making it seem casual and effortless, If only they put as much thought into the food...

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  • Restaurant Review - Cavern

    Restaurant Review - Cavern

    10 November 2015

    'Just knock three times and whisper low, that you and I were sent by Joe . . ." There's a real whiff of Hernando's Hideaway to the new Cavern, a wine bar on Upper Baggot Street. It is the sort of place that you think you have discovered all by yourself an

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  • Restaurant Review - Kenz

    Restaurant Review - Kenz

    01 November 2015

    Finding it difficult to choose from their extensive, authentic menu of tagines, Lucinda O’Sullivan was delighted by the food and atmosphere at the new Kenz Moroccan Restaurant & Takeaway in Blackrock, Co. Dublin

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  • The cut and thirst of Christmas Day

    The cut and thirst of Christmas Day

    01 November 2015

    Impressing your guests with your carving skills and sophisticated wine choices is easy with the right advice, says Lucinda O'Sullivan

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  • Derry Clarke at the Muckross Park

    Derry Clarke at the Muckross Park

    20 October 2015

    Join Michelin Star Chef and TV Celebrity Derry Clarke on Saturday 14th November for 'How to cook the perfect Christmas Dinner'.

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  • Restaurant Review - Cinnamon

    Restaurant Review - Cinnamon

    11 October 2015

    Having had a bad experience in their Ranelagh branch three years ago, Lucinda O’Sullivan hoped for a better result on her visit to Cinnamon in Monkstown. Wishful thinking!

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  • World Animal Week – 4th – 10th October 2015   #EndCruelty

    World Animal Week – 4th – 10th October 2015 #EndCruelty

    04 October 2015

    To celebrate World Animal Week 4th – 10th October coinciding with the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals on October 4th, the ISPCA is launching a social media campaign and asking all animal lovers to Join Our Fight to #EndCruel

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  • Dax Restaurant at the Dublin Simon Fun Run

    Dax Restaurant at the Dublin Simon Fun Run

    02 October 2015

    Olivier Meisonnave is bringing a gourmet experience to Phoenix Park this Saturday 3rd October at the Dublin Simon Fun Run!

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  • Restaurant Review - Unicorn

    Restaurant Review - Unicorn

    16 September 2015

    With a great new team now in the saddle,the legendary Unicorn Restaurant, just off D2’s vibrant Merrion Row, is back to its best, with fantastic food, superb service and a wonderful atmosphere, says Lucinda O’Sullivan

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  • Restaurant Review - Trump International Doonbeg

    Restaurant Review - Trump International Doonbeg

    16 September 2015

    Having purchased the former Lodge at Doonbeg, in Co. Clare, for a cool €15m, Lucinda O’Sullivan wondered what plans ‘The Donald’ had in store for the fabulous estate that completes his so-called ‘Trump Triangle’

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  • Mam's dripping reigns supreme

    Mam's dripping reigns supreme

    15 September 2015

    When Pat Whelan made his mother's old fashioned beef dripping, he never expected to see it in Harrods, says Lucinda O'Sullivan

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  • Marcel's Musical Chairs

    Marcel's Musical Chairs

    11 September 2015

    With Il Segreto's beans well and truly spilled, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, it's no secret that Marcel's is now making itself at home with a new traditional Irish bar and contemporary restaurant

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  • Restaurant Review - Saucey Suesey

    Restaurant Review - Saucey Suesey

    22 August 2015

    The brand new Suesey Street,in the former Brasserie Le Pont, on Fitzwilliam Place, is servin some really fab food in an atmosphere thatseems effortlessly chilled out, says Lucinda O’Sullivan

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  • Feast of Festivals to say so long to summer

    Feast of Festivals to say so long to summer

    19 August 2015

    The sun hasn't shone on us much this summer, but when did we ever really need the sun to have a good time? For us, the sun has always just been a bonus! There are still two weeks in which to have a really great time before the kids go back to school.

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  • 3 to Try - Al Fresco Dining

    3 to Try - Al Fresco Dining

    18 August 2015

    We all love dining al fresco when we manage to get the chance in this country! Here are three suggestions that you might enjoy

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  • Restaurant Review - Jules

    Restaurant Review - Jules

    12 August 2015

    The new Jules Restaurant, on Dublin's Dame Street, may have some pedigree when it comes to its foodie history and ambience, but the only thing modern about the menu are the prices, says Lucinda O'Sullivan

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  • The Lime House in Mallow is a treasure trove

    The Lime House in Mallow is a treasure trove

    12 August 2015

    You only have to look at the number of builder's vans outside houses in the past few months to realise that people have got sufficient confidence back to splash out a bit on their homes.

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  • Restaurant Review - Luna

    Restaurant Review - Luna

    04 August 2015

    With great food and service, a trip to the new Luna on Drury Street had Lucinda O’Sullivan suitably impressed.However, the growing trend of ‘POA’ left her a little peeved

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Sister Sadie

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Sister Sadie

    15 July 2015

    One of the most popular spots to go brunching in Dublin, right now, is Sister Sadie on Harrington Street, around the corner from the top of Camden Street.

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  • CREATE at Brown Thomas

    CREATE at Brown Thomas

    14 July 2015

    Last Tuesday saw the launch of Create at Brown Thomas, showcasing and celebrating the works and talent of some 50 Irish designers and craftspeople. The event will run until August 16 in Dublin, with pop-ups also taking place in BTs in Cork and Limerick

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Mykonos Taverna

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Mykonos Taverna

    07 July 2015

    The notion of a lovely al fresco summer supper had certainly appealed, but the artic weather on the day, called for an indoor venue offering protection from the elements! We spotted the perfect answer; Mykonos.

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  • Lough Erne and Fermanagh's own Lake District

    Lough Erne and Fermanagh's own Lake District

    06 July 2015

    Not everybody has it in them to be a true hotelier - let alone a five-star hotelier. You have to have that innate ability to be a people person, to be out there greeting and interacting with your guests, not hiding in an office writing reports.

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  • IRELAND'S HOTTEST YOUNG CHEFS ARE SERVING UP ACES

    IRELAND'S HOTTEST YOUNG CHEFS ARE SERVING UP ACES

    02 July 2015

    With the tennis starting at Wimbledon tomorrow, the O'Sullivan family has been busy discussing possible outcomes on the grass courts....

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  • Restaurant Review - Taste at Rustic

    Restaurant Review - Taste at Rustic

    27 June 2015

    Dylan McGrath's new Taste at Rustic is the result of his food-foraging world travels and Lucinda O'Sullivan finds the 'hard man' chef has brought some real winners back with him

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  • Lismore Craft Gallery

    Lismore Craft Gallery

    26 June 2015

    No matter where you travel in Ireland, uphill or down dale, you will always find individuals and groups of wonderfully talented craftspeople plying their trade.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Osteria Lucio

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Osteria Lucio

    16 June 2015

    Located on Clanwilliam Terrace, is the fab Osteria Lucio, the latest venture of the popular restaurateur & chef Ross Lewis.

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  •  Will two and a half men represent us at World's 50 Best?

    Will two and a half men represent us at World's 50 Best?

    15 June 2015

    With the questionable voting structure at the 'academy', Ireland has little chance of featuring in this gong show, says Lucinda O'Sullivan

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  • Head Chef Jenny Flynn's Food Journey

    Head Chef Jenny Flynn's Food Journey

    05 June 2015

    As a woman in a man's world, 'you have to be bold, you have to be ballsy', to become a head chef, Jenny Flynn tells Lucinda O'Sullivan

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  • Restaurant Review - The Washerwoman

    Restaurant Review - The Washerwoman

    04 June 2015

    An underwhelming and overpriced experience in a new restaurant in the leafy suburbs of Glasnevin left Lucinda O'Sullivan feeling rather unloved on a wet summer's day

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  • 3 to Try - Classy Joints

    3 to Try - Classy Joints

    03 June 2015

    We all love a reliable place to eat and here are 3 suggestions for places that are tried and tested over a long period

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Fisherman Seafood Bar & Grill

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Fisherman Seafood Bar & Grill

    28 May 2015

    With cool, retro-modern décor, (wood and open brick meet chrome) and stunning views out over Galway Bay and Blackrock, not to mention some of freshest and best seafood you will ever taste, the Fisherman Seafood Bar and Grill has become a real hotspot.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay - Westport Coast Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay - Westport Coast Hotel

    26 May 2015

    With picturesque views out over Clew Bay, Westport’s only waterfront hotel, the Westport Coast, is the perfect place to escape the modern rush without sacrificing modern comforts.

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  • Restaurant Review - Brabazon at Tankardstown

    Restaurant Review - Brabazon at Tankardstown

    25 May 2015

    Princess Grace would have felt at home dining at the 'swellegant, elegant' Brabazon Restaurant at the fabulous Tankardstown House in Co Meath

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  • ACE GUIDE TO JUNE BANK HOLIDAY DEALS

    ACE GUIDE TO JUNE BANK HOLIDAY DEALS

    25 May 2015

    Summertime is upon us, and the livin' should be easy, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, so get yourself ready for the June bank holiday.

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  • Queen Bee's honey sting before her tragic end

    Queen Bee's honey sting before her tragic end

    25 May 2015

    Julia Holmes' Irish Bee Sensations Honey won food awards left, right and centre, but it was all a con, says Lucinda O'Sullivan

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  • Restaurant Review - The Jarvey's Rest

    Restaurant Review - The Jarvey's Rest

    22 May 2015

    Amid hordes of tourists out for some crack at The Jarvey's Rest in Killarney, our food expert liked the 'cupla focal' and the Kerry charm of the local waiter, followed by some excellent casual food

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Roseville Rooms at Faithlegg House

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Roseville Rooms at Faithlegg House

    20 May 2015

    With an elegance and old world charm, that makes you feel as though you’ve stepped into a French chateau, the Roseville Rooms restaurant at the fabulous Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Resort, in Co. Waterford, is undoubtedly a great place to eat.

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat - Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Resort

    Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat - Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Resort

    12 May 2015

    Stunningly located, on an estuary of the River Suir, in Co.Waterford, is the spectacular Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Resort...

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  • Meet Pat O'Sullivan of Masterchefs Hospitality

    Meet Pat O'Sullivan of Masterchefs Hospitality

    11 May 2015

    I've met different people, at various stages of my life, who've all had a major influence. But, you do have to put yourself in the way of them. I've been very lucky."

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  • Restaurant Review - Carluccio's Glasthule

    Restaurant Review - Carluccio's Glasthule

    11 May 2015

    I must confess I had steam coming out of my ears by the time I'd arrived at the new Carluccio's, which has just opened in Glasthule, Co Dublin. I'd called up to book a table but was told they were not taking bookings for the first few nights,only walk-ins

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  • A Royal Afternoon Tea at The Hotel Meyrick

    A Royal Afternoon Tea at The Hotel Meyrick

    11 May 2015

    To commemorate the Official Visit of the Prince of Wales, Price Charles & Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall to Galway on Monday next May 19th ; a special “Royal Afternoon Tea “ will be available at Hotel Meyrick, overlooking Eyre Square.

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  • Restaurant Review - Soder + Ko

    Restaurant Review - Soder + Ko

    27 April 2015

    We've had the gastropub and now it's the gastroclub. I love the notion of good restaurant-style food being served in casual surroundings, as do many others, which is why Michelin-starred chefs worldwide are rapidly turning to this burgeoning market...

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  • 3 to Try - On the Waterfront

    3 to Try - On the Waterfront

    26 April 2015

    There is nothing more pleasurable than sitting in a restaurant close to the water be it river or sea. Here are 3 different waterside restaurants you might like to try.

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  • Restaurant Review - Avenue

    Restaurant Review - Avenue

    25 April 2015

    Nick Munier's long and winding road has led him to his new Avenue Restaurant in Temple Bar, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, who found that style was the only thing being savoured on her visit

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  • Artisan food producers at Kilruddery Market

    Artisan food producers at Kilruddery Market

    20 April 2015

    Artisan food producers tell Lucinda O'Sullivan how the recession caused them to switch careers and set up great new businesses

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  •  Lally has his finger firmly on Limerick pulse

    Lally has his finger firmly on Limerick pulse

    18 April 2015

    Our wonderful hotel industry gets the boost it needs as deep-pocket investors return to our shores at last

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  • Restaurant Review - Cookbook Cafe

    Restaurant Review - Cookbook Cafe

    18 April 2015

    The new Cookbook Cafe offers dishes prepared from the recipes of international cookery writers and famous chefs, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, who enjoyed her 'Ottolenghi' brunch

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Pichet

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Pichet

    17 April 2015

    Since hitting the ground running some five years ago, the fab Pichet has gone from strength to strength, keeping high the bar of good food in Ireland and continuing to be one of the hottest spots in Dublin City.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Pavilion at University of Limerick

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Pavilion at University of Limerick

    09 April 2015

    The Pavilion, at the University of Limerick is one of the best multi purpose venues in Ireland. Wonderfully modern and fantastically equipped, The Pavilion is proudly operated by Pat O’Sullivan’s Masterchefs Hospitality.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Bobby Byrne's

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Bobby Byrne's

    07 April 2015

    The gastro pub has taken Ireland by storm these last few years, marrying really well prepared and sourced foods with the relaxed atmosphere of a pub setting. Bobby Byrne’s in Limerick City is a perfect example of this.

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  • Easter Breaks

    Easter Breaks

    04 April 2015

    Lucinda O'Sullivan: Easter fun and frolics for all the family. The ultimate concise round up of breaks around the country

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  • Restaurant Review - Durty Nelly's

    Restaurant Review - Durty Nelly's

    04 April 2015

    We had lunch in the well-known Durty Nelly's. In the shadow of Bunratty Castle, it has been a magnet for hordes of tourists down the years, for refuelling and comfort stop...

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat - Coolbawn Quay Lakeshore Spa & Marina

    Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat - Coolbawn Quay Lakeshore Spa & Marina

    31 March 2015

    So near to the real world, and so far from the stress of it, is the fantastic private village resort of Coolbawn Quay. Perfectly located on the picturesque shores of Lough Derg in North Tipperary.

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  • Restaurant Review - Victoria Asian - Monkstown

    Restaurant Review - Victoria Asian - Monkstown

    28 March 2015

    I get this great longing every now and again for good Chinese food, but frankly, good Chinese restaurants, in general, have become very thin on the ground....

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Bay Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Bay Restaurant

    26 March 2015

    Beautifully situated, with fantastic views looking out over Dublin Bay and the inescapable freshness of the sea air, is Bay restaurant, which, from the moment I walked through the door, was a pleasure to visit.

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  • Clos des Papes Wine Tasting at Kelly's Resort

    Clos des Papes Wine Tasting at Kelly's Resort

    25 March 2015

    Bread and wine are two of the great joys in life; both almost as old as time, both loved unreservedly more than ever. And now we are out of the recession, there has been a great resurgence in the opening of standalone wine shops and artisan bakeries arou

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  • Tipperary food producers

    Tipperary food producers

    20 March 2015

    Here we are on Mother's Day - and hopefully the lady of the manor is being spoiled rotten. However, women always have to think ahead for 'high days and holy days', and, with Paddy's Day on top of us, the question du jour is: "Are you having bacon and cab

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  • Restaurant Review - Fellini's

    Restaurant Review - Fellini's

    20 March 2015

    Twirling my fork languorously through luscious ribbons of fettucine and popping the results of my efforts into my mouth, almost caused a When Harry Met Sally moment! There's a US TV show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and such establishments are hot as he

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Winnie's Craft Cafe

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Winnie's Craft Cafe

    17 March 2015

    Knitting has become hugely popular again over the past few years and when I heard about Winnie’s Craft Cafe, I was excited to pay a visit. What I found there was a whole other world of fabulous wools and crafts in a wonderful and welcoming café setting.

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  • From Kazumi to Le Gensake

    From Kazumi to Le Gensake

    13 March 2015

    Jenni & Jennie: sisters doing it for themselves From dazzling Irish hair to gourmet French fare, Jenni and Jennie Crawford are a superb double act

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  • Restaurant Review - Papillon

    Restaurant Review - Papillon

    13 March 2015

    Sitting in the window of the new Papillon cafe and wine bar in Clontarf, we had wonderful views looking out over the Bull Wall and Dublin Bay.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Eastern Tandoori

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Eastern Tandoori

    10 March 2015

    On a recent cross-country sojourn, we stopped for dinner at the Eastern Tandoori Restaurant in Galway and we were certainly glad that we did. An evening spent enjoying really good Indian food is amongst my very favourite things to do.

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  • 3 to Try - New to You

    3 to Try - New to You

    07 March 2015

    Restaurants are opening all over the country and it is always interesting to try places you haven't visited before....

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  • AVOIDING THOSE WEDDING BLOOPERS

    AVOIDING THOSE WEDDING BLOOPERS

    03 March 2015

    With preparations for weddings taking place all over the country, Lucinda takes a humorous look back at some of the weddings she has attended over the years

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  • Restaurant Review - Stanley's

    Restaurant Review - Stanley's

    03 March 2015

    What's in a name? Well, marketing people would say that your business moniker is very important in luring people across your doorstep. The name needs to be appropriate to the type of customer you want to attract....

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  • Shop 'til you drop with Enniskerry's village people

    Shop 'til you drop with Enniskerry's village people

    27 February 2015

    Seventies-style tops, china tea cups, and big, yellow-yolked eggs are among Enniskerry's treasures, says Lucinda O'Sullivan

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  • Restaurant Review - Rio Rodizio

    Restaurant Review - Rio Rodizio

    27 February 2015

    With gaucho chefs, smiling passadores and a masterclass in carving, Lucinda O'Sullivan was enjoying this new 'eat-all-you-wish' Brazilian churrascaria, until her camp came under siege

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  • The final dismantling of an Irish Versailles

    The final dismantling of an Irish Versailles

    23 February 2015

    Tony Ryan was one of the greatest collector of art and antiques. Now you can see the remaining pieces of his collection which go under the hammer at Adams Blackrock on March 24

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  • Restaurant Review - Dennison's

    Restaurant Review - Dennison's

    19 February 2015

    David Dennison has been a well-known name on the food and wine scene in Waterford for many years. He formerly had The Wine Vaults, a popular restaurant and wine business on the city's historic High Street, which sadly closed just as the recession hit

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  • IRELAND IS 2ND LARGEST CONSUMER OF CHOCOLATE

    IRELAND IS 2ND LARGEST CONSUMER OF CHOCOLATE

    18 February 2015

    Many of us will be overindulging in chocolate this Valentine's weekend as hopefully our beloveds will have done the decent thing by stumping up for chocolates to go with the red roses! Chocolates and roses have always been associated with love....

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  • RINUCCINI'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY FEAST

    RINUCCINI'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY FEAST

    18 February 2015

    At the tender age of 15, Antonio Cavaliere left his home in Italy to join his older brother, who was already working in Quo Vadis, a well-known Italian restaurant in Dublin, which operated for many years in St Andrew's Street.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Silk Road Cafe

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Silk Road Cafe

    18 February 2015

    Right in the heart of Dublin’s City Centre, at the Chester Beatty Library in the grounds of Dublin Castle, is a very special café, which has been delighting its patrons with a fantastic array of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean foods.

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  • Restaurant Review - Chapter One - Chef's Table

    Restaurant Review - Chapter One - Chef's Table

    11 February 2015

    The dazzling tasting menu at Chapter One's very special chef's table is an amazing experience, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, who comes away with stars in her eyes and romance on her mind...

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Pullman Restaurant @ The Glenlo Abbey Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Pullman Restaurant @ The Glenlo Abbey Hotel

    11 February 2015

    If you’re in search of a fun and unusual atmosphere in which to dine, then look no further than the Pullman Restaurant Aboard The Orient Express at the Glenlo Abbey Hotel in Galway.

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  • Food, fun and frolics to satisfy the romantic soul

    Food, fun and frolics to satisfy the romantic soul

    10 February 2015

    Check out some great packages and events around the country over this coming Valentine's weekend

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  • 3 to Try - Valentine Specials - Romantic Destinations

    3 to Try - Valentine Specials - Romantic Destinations

    10 February 2015

    Want to get away from it all - here are three superbly romantic destinations offering great breaks for Valentine's weekend

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  • 3 to Try - Carnivore Heaven

    3 to Try - Carnivore Heaven

    06 February 2015

    If you are a dedicated carnivore here are three excellent steak houses which you might like to try this weekend.

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  • Restaurant Review - Delahunt

    Restaurant Review - Delahunt

    03 February 2015

    The meticulous restoration of a historic 'purveyor of groceries and provisions', complete with a cute little hideaway 'snug', in the heart of old Dublin, left Lucinda O'Sullivan quite enchanted

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Beeftro - Balfe Street

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Beeftro - Balfe Street

    30 January 2015

    Beeftro, a steak house with a French twist, opened just over a year ago in Dundrum Town Centre. Describing itself as a purveyor of ‘Viandes de Qualite’, the idea started originally in Monaco and now has branches from Mexico to Moscow.

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  • Restaurant Review - Beeftro Balfe Street

    Restaurant Review - Beeftro Balfe Street

    29 January 2015

    Having enjoyed a tasty crab and prawn Thermidor and a perfect filet mignon, not to mention the sinful dessert, Lucinda O'Sullivan was impressed by the new Franco-American diner-style Beeftro

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  • Restaurant Review - East Side Tavern

    Restaurant Review - East Side Tavern

    29 January 2015

    A new chapter for this... East Side Story A legendary Dublin pub has reopened with a cool new style, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, who was impressed by the ethereal delights of woodruff and sorrel in a dessert that tasted of springtime

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  • A Songbird for Charlie's supper

    A Songbird for Charlie's supper

    28 January 2015

    Irish Life... A songbird for Charlie's supper Delicacies such as the ortolan may be off-putting to most, but there will always be a demand for illicit delights

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay - Glenlo Abbey Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay - Glenlo Abbey Hotel

    27 January 2015

    Tucked away, just two miles from Galway City is the fabulous five-star Glenlo Abbey Hotel, with grounds spanning 138 acres of rich, lush scenery on the banks of Lough Corrib.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Locke Gastro Pub

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Locke Gastro Pub

    20 January 2015

    Between culture and cuisine, visitors to Limerick are spoiled for choice these days, with a fantastic array of restaurants, cafes and pubs to draw in diners of all ages and gastronomic desires.

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  • Lucinda meets Mayo Food Producers

    Lucinda meets Mayo Food Producers

    19 January 2015

    We all seem to know, or know of, someone who has walked the Camino de Santiago, and come back raving about the simplicity of life on the road and its artisan food.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - La Perla @ The Lyrath Estate Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - La Perla @ The Lyrath Estate Hotel

    16 January 2015

    At the Lyrath Estate Hotel, there is a fantastic assortment of choices when it comes to sating those culinary cravings. Their fabulous La Perla Restaurant, is simply a delight to dine in, featuring a vast picture window that runs the length of the room.

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  • Restaurant Review - Tavern at the Dylan

    Restaurant Review - Tavern at the Dylan

    15 January 2015

    Following the current trend for informal dining, it's off with the tablecloths at the Dylan Hotel's Tavern restaurant, where Lucinda O'Sullivan loved the light, chic, contemporary cooking

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay - Lyrath Estate Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay - Lyrath Estate Hotel

    15 January 2015

    The City of Kilkenny has been pulling in crowds and crowds of tourists for as long as I can remember. Its fantastic 12th Century castle has been drawing spectators and history buffs to its doors from far and wide.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Restaurant at Brown Thomas

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Restaurant at Brown Thomas

    13 January 2015

    We have tended down the years to associate self-service cafes as being the dining element in Department Stores. Indeed, when my boys were young, the self-service restaurant in the then Switzer’s was the cause of great excitement.

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  • A fearless performance in the theatre of hospitality

    A fearless performance in the theatre of hospitality

    12 January 2015

    With faith and courage, John Healy and David Whelehan show that anything can be achieved, says Lucinda O'Sullivan

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  • LUCINDA MEETS DONEGAL CRAFTS PEOPLE

    LUCINDA MEETS DONEGAL CRAFTS PEOPLE

    07 January 2015

    Running a small artisan business reminds me a bit of the famous Alan Sillitoe story, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, about the courage and independent spirit of the hero.

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  • Restaurant Review - Sophie's

    Restaurant Review - Sophie's

    07 January 2015

    With amazing views, good casual food and a buzzing atmosphere, Lucinda O'Sullivan was impressed by new kid on the block, Sophie's, based in the hip Dean Hotel on Harcourt Street.

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  • HOTEL BREAKS NEW YEAR

    HOTEL BREAKS NEW YEAR

    30 December 2014

    There's still time for you to treat yourself, or your beloved, and the family to a New Year's Eve break away. Just think of the bliss of having everything served up to you and no washing up to do.

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  • The Best & The Worst of Dining in 2014

    The Best & The Worst of Dining in 2014

    23 December 2014

    It's that time of year again when Sunday Independent restaurant critic, Lucinda O'Sullivan, takes a look back at the good and not-so-good dining experiences of her culinary year. The award goes to . . .

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  • Restaurant Review - Fallon & Byrne at the People's Park

    Restaurant Review - Fallon & Byrne at the People's Park

    22 December 2014

    The greatest psychological uplift for Dun Laoghaire in recent times is not the monstrous building - and equally monstrous waste of money - that is the new dlr LexIcon library on the seafront, but rather the opening of Fallon & Byrne's new restaurant, caf

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  • A Christmas Feast Fit for a Maharajah

    A Christmas Feast Fit for a Maharajah

    22 December 2014

    In 1965, the American novelist Arthur Hailey wrote a blockbuster called Hotel, which went on to be a movie and subsequently a TV series. With a changing colourful 'cast' coming through their doors every day, hotels can provide the ultimate backdrop..

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Beeftro Dundrum

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Beeftro Dundrum

    16 December 2014

    Beeftro, a purveyor of “Viandes de Qualite”, in the Dundrum Town Centre, is one the finest steakhouses around. It started in Monaco as the less expensive sibling of Beefbar, owned by Riccardo Giraudi.

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  • Restaurant Review - Balfe's

    Restaurant Review - Balfe's

    15 December 2014

    From the moment we crossed the threshold, we loved what Balfes had to offer. It had a natural, uncontrived air, and while it's reminiscent of Paris or Madrid, its retro, urban, white-tiled decor- brown leather banquettes and marble-top tables - captured

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  • Christmas Shopping Lunches

    Christmas Shopping Lunches

    15 December 2014

    Every year, I resolve to have my Christmas shopping done by December 1, but every year I fail. Maybe it's just as well, because, had I done it earlier, I would have missed out on the amazing atmosphere that is out there on the streets of Dublin right now

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  • Restaurant Review - Loam

    Restaurant Review - Loam

    12 December 2014

    Loam is the new, long-awaited restaurant by Enda McEvoy. Why long-awaited? McEvoy is a Cavan-born chef who has been cooking in Galway for some time, both in the former Sheridan's on the Dock, and Aniar when it was awarded its first Michelin Star in 2013.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Henry's Bar & Grill

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Henry's Bar & Grill

    10 December 2014

    Located in one of the most beautifully scenic settings that our country has to offer, Henry’s Bar & Restaurant in Cashelgarron, Co. Sligo rests just at the foot of the famous Benbulben.

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  • Cafes Cafes Cafes

    Cafes Cafes Cafes

    26 November 2014

    In the dark days of November 2011, when Vivienne Johnston and Janine Breslin took the big step of opening their Mellow Fig cafe on George's Avenue in Blackrock, Co Dublin, everyone told them they were very brave. They are now celebrating their third birt

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  • 3 to Try - The Brunch Bunch

    3 to Try - The Brunch Bunch

    25 November 2014

    Chilling out with family and friends over Sunday Brunch is becoming more and more popular - here are three suggestions worth trying.

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  • Restaurant Review - Bakers Donnybrook

    Restaurant Review - Bakers Donnybrook

    25 November 2014

    Half-baked: Like a loud bang to a souffle, an evening spent at the latest 'friendly neighbourhood restaurant' on the scene left Lucinda O'Sullivan feeling somewhat deflated and a bit disappointed.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Newgrange Cafe & Tearooms

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Newgrange Cafe & Tearooms

    18 November 2014

    Newgrange is probably one of the busiest tourist stops in Ireland being a must see for most tourists as well as a popular excursion for Irish families and schools. Being over 5,000 years old, it pre-dates Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.

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  • Top Hoteliers share recession busting tips and optimism for the future

    Top Hoteliers share recession busting tips and optimism for the future

    17 November 2014

    Liquidators see no value in flowers for hotel guests. Five of Ireland's top hoteliers share their recession-busting tips and optimism for the future.

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  • Best recipes for serving up success and crucial change

    Best recipes for serving up success and crucial change

    14 November 2014

    If you want things to stay the same, you need to change,say three of Ireland's leading restaurateurs

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  • Restaurant Review - The Restaurant at Brown Thomas

    Restaurant Review - The Restaurant at Brown Thomas

    14 November 2014

    In-store dining has taken quite a leap forward, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, following a visit to Brown Thomas, where she was impressed by The Restaurant's Patrick Guilbaud-inspired menu

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  • 3 TO TRY - HOTEL EATERIES

    3 TO TRY - HOTEL EATERIES

    04 November 2014

    Hotel dining has changed very much in recent years nowadays having some great contemporary restaurants and food

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  • Restaurant Review - The Old Spot

    Restaurant Review - The Old Spot

    04 November 2014

    With the sounds of the Dart line rumbling overhead and a table that was located all too near the loo, Lucinda O'Sullivan was less than impressed with The Old Spot gastropub

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  • The Chameleon turns 20!

    The Chameleon turns 20!

    03 November 2014

    A 20th birthday deserves a decent bash. Co-owners Carol Walsh and Kevin O’Toole are marking The Chameleon’s two decades of business in Temple Bar with four weeks of celebrations,

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  • CHRISTMAS COOKERY DEMO AT MUCKROSS PARK HOTEL

    CHRISTMAS COOKERY DEMO AT MUCKROSS PARK HOTEL

    31 October 2014

    Kevin Dundon one of Ireland’s most loved chefs will put a sparkle into Christmas with a festive Cookery Demonstration in the splendid surroundings of Muckross Park Hotel & Spa on Friday 7th November.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Pier 26 Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Pier 26 Restaurant

    31 October 2014

    Ballycotton, in Co. Cork is renowned for its fishing. An extremely charming and picturesque village, overlooking Ballycotton Bay and its beautiful lighthouse.

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  • Restaurant Review - Street Food

    Restaurant Review - Street Food

    28 October 2014

    Street food is hot, hot, hot right now and it's popping up in various spots all over the capital, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, as she visits three new eateries serving tasty Indian, Mexican and barbecued treats.

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  • TRIUMPH OF FAB FASHION AND FEARLESS FEMALES

    TRIUMPH OF FAB FASHION AND FEARLESS FEMALES

    21 October 2014

    There is a lift, there's no doubt. You can smell it in the air, you can see it in the cars on the road - white is the new colour, by the way - and you can see people walking around with shopping bags once again. Confidence inspires confidence, and now

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  • Restaurant Review - Table 6

    Restaurant Review - Table 6

    21 October 2014

    The 1970s sprang to mind when we first saw the in-your-face purple and lime colour scheme adorning the new Table 6 Restaurant in a first-floor premises in the centre of Templeogue village. Procul Harum's A Whiter Shade of Pale it was not! This premises u

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  • Restaurant Review - Hailan & 3 to Try

    Restaurant Review - Hailan & 3 to Try

    17 October 2014

    Hailan is a new Korean and Japanese eatery on Dame Street, near the Olympia Theatre. Nowadays, everyone knows good Chinese or Thai nosh from bad Chinese or Thai slosh.

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  • WELCOME TO RAYTOWN

    WELCOME TO RAYTOWN

    15 October 2014

    We often forget that Dublin is not just one big splodge, it is made up of a series of wonderful old villages, each of which has a history and community of its own. Indeed, it's not all that long ago that Ballymun and Tallaght were farming areas and...

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  • Restaurant Review - Mamma Mia

    Restaurant Review - Mamma Mia

    15 October 2014

    Mamma Mia is a small, very authentic, Italian cafe-cum-trattoria-and-pizzeria on a side road off Bray's Main Street. Primarily residential, it is not a street you'd necessarily think of wandering down if you were looking for a bite to eat.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Interlude

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Interlude

    07 October 2014

    Dungarvan, in Co.Waterford has always been one of my favorite places to visit. It’s a beautiful, vibrant seaside community that has been home to some great restaurants over the years.

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  • ALL ABOARD FOR THE BOOZE CRUISE TO FRANCE

    ALL ABOARD FOR THE BOOZE CRUISE TO FRANCE

    30 September 2014

    Standing in the Salon des Vins of the French supermarkets, Geant and Leclerc,in the town of Morlaix in Brittany, just 20 miles south of the port of Roscoff, it was clear that 'le booze cruise' certainly has won a place in the hearts of Irish wine fancier

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  • Restaurant Review - Lobster Pot

    Restaurant Review - Lobster Pot

    30 September 2014

    I was asked by a lady in Co Waterford to recommend a Dublin restaurant for "a special occasion, which she didn't want to go wrong". As you can imagine, recommending a restaurant for a special occasion is a poisoned chalice, so it is something I never do..

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  • Restaurant Review - Chinatown Dublin

    Restaurant Review - Chinatown Dublin

    24 September 2014

    Fancy chowing down on chicken feet, jellyfish head, frogs' legs, razor clams, shredded tripe, whelks, or a Chinese breakfast buffet for €6? These are just some of the delights that are available in the array of eateries in Dublin's Chinatown area....

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  • Autumn's Fabulous Food Festivals

    Autumn's Fabulous Food Festivals

    23 September 2014

    This is my favourite time of year. The weather is still mellow and we have a great series of food festivals around the country up to the end of October. In fact, you could roll along gently for the next few weeks visiting different parts of the country..

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  • 'The mart is our family, we all know one another'

    'The mart is our family, we all know one another'

    23 September 2014

    Alison De Vere Hunt of Cashel Mart is all too aware of the intolerable pressure farmers are under, says Lucinda O'Sullivan

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  • Restaurant Review - Mare e Monti

    Restaurant Review - Mare e Monti

    12 September 2014

    Mare e Monti is a new 'Italian Surf & Turf restaurant' located on the first floor of a prime corner in my local village of Monkstown, Co Dublin. We are blessed to have a variety of restaurants in the village, as restaurateurs have snapped up any vacant...

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  • A GLUTEN FREE DIET

    A GLUTEN FREE DIET

    10 September 2014

    Almost three years ago I wrote an article about how cutting wheat out of my diet saw me lose four stone in as many months.....

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - 8A Brasserie

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - 8A Brasserie

    07 September 2014

    The new 8A Brasserie certainly piqued the interest of the denizens of Monkstown in a big way when it opened earlier this year and it has settled in very nicely....

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  • Restaurant Review - Finns' Table

    Restaurant Review - Finns' Table

    06 September 2014

    With most restaurants going down the more casual route, we were a tad surprised to find the new Finns' Table in Kinsale bucking the trend with white linen napery, fine china, classical music and the other trimmings and frippery of the more delicate...

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  • Artisan Food Producers move up the ladder

    Artisan Food Producers move up the ladder

    05 September 2014

    I am always impressed by the innovative people I meet at the various markets around the country. Not only do I admire their courage but also their food products, which never cease to amaze. It was wonderful then to see how well so many of them...

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  • 3 to Try - Tempting Tapas

    3 to Try - Tempting Tapas

    30 August 2014

    With lots of tapas eateries around the country, here are three you might like to try.

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  • The Kerry Food Story

    The Kerry Food Story

    29 August 2014

    TJ O'Connor is one of those great people involved with the training of young people going into the hospitality industry. He is Head of Section, Hotel, Culinary and Tourism Department at the Institute of Technology in Tralee, Co. Kerry. He has just launche

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  • Restaurant Review - Salt Yard Kilkenny

    Restaurant Review - Salt Yard Kilkenny

    27 August 2014

    Kilkenny has been hitting the news on the culinary scene in a big way in recent times, with the awarding of two Michelin stars in the county, one to the Lady Helen Restaurant at Mount Juliet in Thomastown, and one to Campagne in Kilkenny city. There is al

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW - THE WOOLLEN MILLS

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - THE WOOLLEN MILLS

    26 August 2014

    The Woollen Mills was where your granny, for more years than Harry Moore might have cared to remember, went to buy knicker-elastic, tweeds and buttons and bows. It was in business for over a century before closing its doors in recent years - James Joyce..

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  • The Silk Road Kitchen

    The Silk Road Kitchen

    26 August 2014

    So, I come to Abraham Phelan, who has been doing Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food here for many years in his very popular Silk Road Cafe, located in the Chester Beatty Library in the grounds of Dublin Castle...

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Waterfront House Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Waterfront House Restaurant

    19 August 2014

    On a recent trip to Co. Sligo, we found ourselves in the restaurant at Waterfront House in Enniscrone and we couldn’t have been happier that we did. Enniscrone of course is a stunning location in itself, a total Mecca for surfers...

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  • IRISH FOOD PRODUCERS SHINE AT GREAT TASTE AWARDS

    IRISH FOOD PRODUCERS SHINE AT GREAT TASTE AWARDS

    18 August 2014

    Well now it's official - we have great taste! Irish food producers have had tremendous success at this year's Great Taste Awards, run by the Guild of Fine Foods in the UK. What is so exciting and satisfying about all of this is that it endorses Ireland's

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  • THE SCALES ARE FALLING FROM OUR EYES

    THE SCALES ARE FALLING FROM OUR EYES

    18 August 2014

    Fishmongering seems to run in the family says Lucinda O'Sullivan as she meets scions of the Wright and Rogersen families

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - La Bella Donna

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - La Bella Donna

    16 August 2014

    On a recent visit to Donegal, I discovered La Bella Donna, an Italian restaurant on Bridge Street in Donegal Town. The restaurant itself is beautifully decorated with classical Roman look making you feel as though the Colosseum could be just outside...

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  • WW1 - FINDING BILLY MORRIS IN THE SOMME

    WW1 - FINDING BILLY MORRIS IN THE SOMME

    12 August 2014

    Last week saw the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of World War I, which spanned four years from August 3, 1914 until November 11, 1918. Very many Irishmen and women fought in the Great War and it is only now that they are being properly honoured

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  • Restaurant Review - Amuse

    Restaurant Review - Amuse

    12 August 2014

    Inventive Franco-Asian tasting menus are the order of the day at chef Conor Dempsey's chic new venture, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, who was utterly delighted by what she found at Amuse....

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Russborough Tea Rooms

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Russborough Tea Rooms

    12 August 2014

    Russborough House, in Blessington, Co. Wicklow, is one of the finest stately homes in Ireland. A wealthy Dublin brewer named Joseph Leeson, who later became the first Earl of Milltown, built it in the 1740’s...

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Clodagh's Kitchen Blackrock

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Clodagh's Kitchen Blackrock

    08 August 2014

    A decade or so ago a young lady from Cork sent me a recipe for chicken liver pate, which she was selling in Midleton Farmer’s Market. Since then she has moved rapidly up becoming one of our foodie stars. I speak of course of Clodagh McKenna.

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  • Eating Out is Party of the Holiday Experience

    Eating Out is Party of the Holiday Experience

    07 August 2014

    I am taking a look at places to eat in holiday spots. After all, eating out is very much part of any holiday experience. Starting in east Cork, you are spoiled for choice. In Ballycotton, Pier 26 eatery at the Inn by the Harbour...

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  • Lucinda in Ireland's Holiday Hotspots

    Lucinda in Ireland's Holiday Hotspots

    07 August 2014

    In the second part of a series looking at excellent places to eat on Les Cotes d'Irlande, ?Lucinda takes you on a whistle-stop tour of eateries in Wexford, ?Kerry and Donegal

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  • Festival fun under an August moon

    Festival fun under an August moon

    07 August 2014

    This month's festivals are kicking off across the globe, but there is much to savour at home, says Lucinda O'Sullivan

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  • AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY BREAKS FOR ALL THE FAMILY

    AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY BREAKS FOR ALL THE FAMILY

    28 July 2014

    August is a wicked month, they say, when the cities of the world empty out on to the beaches - be it Antibes or Alghero, Baltimore or Roundstone. If you haven't planned your break, you need to get dialling fairly smartly because the holiday season...

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  • Al Fresco Restaurants for sunny day dining

    Al Fresco Restaurants for sunny day dining

    24 July 2014

    If you’re looking for the top spots around the country to eat seafood and other myriad delights in the open air here is the quintessential guide to doing just that...

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Kelly's Cafe

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Kelly's Cafe

    23 July 2014

    Kelly’s Hotel & Resort has made their name, over the years, with food, hospitality and top notch service.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Brook Inn

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Brook Inn

    21 July 2014

    In the heart of the pretty village of Glanmire is the Brook Inn, a wonderful atmospheric old world style restaurant and bar.

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  • 3 to Try - An Ocean Breeze

    3 to Try - An Ocean Breeze

    18 July 2014

    There is nothing like an ocean breeze to put a spring in our step followed by some delicious food. Here are three places you might like to try.

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  • Restaurant Review - Saint

    Restaurant Review - Saint

    18 July 2014

    Clams cooked in craft beer may not have rocked my boat, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, but the atmosphere and enthusiastically prepared food at Saint certainly did.

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  • 3 to Try - Seafood & Steak

    3 to Try - Seafood & Steak

    18 July 2014

    Seafood and steak restaurants are perennially popular at any time of the year. Here are suggestions for three you might like to try.

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  • Restaurant Review - China Sichuan

    Restaurant Review - China Sichuan

    18 July 2014

    It's Chinese food, but perhaps not as you know, with the delicious exotic goodies that are on offer at China Sichuan Sandyford

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  • From snack boxes to cookies, food producers find a link

    From snack boxes to cookies, food producers find a link

    07 July 2014

    From snack boxes to cookies,this chain gang helps Dublin food producers promote their wares, says Lucinda O'Sullivan

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Fiorentina

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Fiorentina

    07 July 2014

    Looking out through Venetian blinds at the mighty illuminated portico of Dublin’s magnificent City Hall on a balmy evening was a mood raiser and uplifting experience in itself. We were in the new Fiorentina restaurant.

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  • THREE TO TRY - SUMMER SUPPERS

    THREE TO TRY - SUMMER SUPPERS

    03 July 2014

    Hopefully on these bright summer days and weekends you are out driving around the country. If you fancy a bite to eat on that trip, here are three places worth trying.

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  • Restaurant Review - Mourne Seafood Bar

    Restaurant Review - Mourne Seafood Bar

    03 July 2014

    Wooden, double-bench-style picnic tables of the 'throw your leg over' variety, complete with booze-company-endorsed umbrellas, didn't create ?a great first impression as we walked down the boardwalk to the new Mourne Seafood Bar....

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  • Three to Try - Noodle Doodle

    Three to Try - Noodle Doodle

    27 June 2014

    We all adore the spices and noodles of Asian food so here are three different places for you to perhaps try.

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  • SOMETHING FOR BONO AND THE BOYS ON THEIR WORLD TOUR

    SOMETHING FOR BONO AND THE BOYS ON THEIR WORLD TOUR

    25 June 2014

    I spoke recently to two men, both involved for many years solely in the world of women's fashion and accessories, who by adding 'something for the boys' to their repertoires, have found that it has greatly enhanced their businesses.

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  • Restaurant Review - Sage Restaurant, Midleton

    Restaurant Review - Sage Restaurant, Midleton

    25 June 2014

    Since first opening Sage Restaurant some five years ago, in a tucked-away premises off Midleton’s Main Street, in East Cork, chef patron, Kevin Aherne, has continuously moved forward.

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  • Restaurant Review - HX46

    Restaurant Review - HX46

    16 June 2014

    ‘HX46 — Cafe and Pan Asian Casual Dining”, emblazoned on a smart, pale-grey shop front in a row of shops on Harold’s Cross Road in D6W, had me hitting the brakes for a better look.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - McLaughlin's Restaurant @ The Castletroy Park Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - McLaughlin's Restaurant @ The Castletroy Park Hotel

    16 June 2014

    The four star Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick is home to a most attractive restaurant, McLaughlin’s, which has a bright elegant atmosphere with lots of light enhanced by cream colours and elegant decorative touches.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - McGettigans Cookhouse & Bar Cork

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - McGettigans Cookhouse & Bar Cork

    11 June 2014

    The first branch of McGettigan’s opened its doors way back in 1964 with McGettigan’s Pub on Queens Street in Dublin and their brand has certainly come a long way since then. Today they boast a successful chain of modern Irish restaurants.

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  • The man behind O'Crualaoi's Cork

    The man behind O'Crualaoi's Cork

    10 June 2014

    Driving from East Cork to Kinsale, which we do fairly frequently, I have had to restrain myself on many occasions from jumping out of the car, in the line of traffic through Carrigaline, to join the queue of eager customers hovering around a barbecue outs

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  • Restaurant Review - 64 Wine Sandycove

    Restaurant Review - 64 Wine Sandycove

    10 June 2014

    Some years ago, Gerard Maguire visited Martel, a small town in the south-west of France and, while sitting with his wife, having a glass of the local Bergerac wine with a salad of duck confit, he was struck by the perfection of this simple repast.

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  • THREE TO TRY - COOL BASEMENTS

    THREE TO TRY - COOL BASEMENTS

    06 June 2014

    Here are suggestions for three cool basements in Dublin and Galway with cracking food to try out.

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  • Restaurant Review - Saison

    Restaurant Review - Saison

    06 June 2014

    Tucked away in a totally secluded alcove, one could be forgiven for thinking that it was gone midnight, rather than a little after midday. The basement of 21 Kildare Street has had more column inches written about it over the past number of years than a

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Galileo's

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Galileo's

    06 June 2014

    It was a lovely bright Sunday morning, spring was in the air, the daffodils were peaking through and the ‘urge was on me’ to point the car in some direction out of Dublin!

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  • The Caterer

    The Caterer

    05 June 2014

    Looking recently at the movie The Women, a 2008 remake of the acerbic and amusing 1939 movie, based on a play by Clare Boothe Luce on the lives, loves and dramas of a group of Manhattan wealthy socialite friends, all I could think was plus ca change.

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Aroi Asian Street Food

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Aroi Asian Street Food

    30 May 2014

    Street food is the thing people talk about when they return from the Far East. Those morsels of spicy deliciousness cooked and sold from stalls in markets and on the streets for no more than a few cents. Foodies waffle too about street food in Ireland,

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - An Bhialann

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - An Bhialann

    28 May 2014

    There is something very enticing, honest and welcoming about the family run An Bhialann restaurant located on the Sandford Road end of Ranelagh’s main drag. In what has become virtually a restaurant village over run with tapas and tasting plates,fast food

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  • The Mary Stanford returns to Ballycotton

    The Mary Stanford returns to Ballycotton

    26 May 2014

    Living beside the port of Dun Laoghaire, my ears always prick up when I hear the distinctive beat of helicopter blades swirling around the area. It very often means that someone is in trouble and the helicopter is trying to spot them in conjunction with

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  • Restaurant Review - Exchequer Wine Bar Ranelagh

    Restaurant Review - Exchequer Wine Bar Ranelagh

    26 May 2014

    I could probably sit down every second week and write about an eatery that has "just opened" in Ranelagh. This suburban village, for many years best known for being a Dublin flatland, with launderettes, cheap takeaways, and cafes, morphed into a hot resid

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Barracuda

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Barracuda

    21 May 2014

    If your looking for a restaurant with great food and really great atmosphere then look no further than Barracuda. Located on Bray’s magnificent and ever popular Victorian seafront and with floor to ceiling windows.

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  • THE WORLD'S 50 BEST RESTAURANTS - HOW IT WORKS

    THE WORLD'S 50 BEST RESTAURANTS - HOW IT WORKS

    19 May 2014

    Rene Redzepi recently saw his Noma restaurant in Copenhagen restored to the position of No 1 in the ranks of the World's 50 Best Restaurants, having been knocked off the pillar by Spain's El Celler de Can Roca last year. Now back in the top spot for 2014

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  • 3 to Try - Almost Nationwide

    3 to Try - Almost Nationwide

    19 May 2014

    Something old, something new, here are three restaurants suggestions for you to try around the country.

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  • Restaurant Review - Fiorentina

    Restaurant Review - Fiorentina

    19 May 2014

    Looking out through Venetian blinds at the mighty illuminated portico of Dublin's magnificent City Hall, on a balmy evening, was a mood-raiser in itself.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Pizza E Porchetta

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Pizza E Porchetta

    16 May 2014

    Ronan Ryan is one of the best-known names in the restaurant industry in Ireland and his forte is modern Italian food, which he is serving up at his new Pizza e Porchetta eatery in spectacular style. P & P is a happening place.

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  • 10 Years Younger!  A Decade of Dining

    10 Years Younger! A Decade of Dining

    13 May 2014

    The cosmetic-surgery TV programme, 10 Years Younger, springs to mind when I think of the last 10 years of dining in Ireland. Since 2004, the restaurant industry has been nipped and tucked, weeded and plucked, resulting in a much tighter and keener ....

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  • 3 Ladies of Kinsalebeg - Food and Craft

    3 Ladies of Kinsalebeg - Food and Craft

    12 May 2014

    WHEN Mary Kay Solomon came to Ireland 11 years ago from the US to work in the computer industry, I doubt she thought she would now be married to an Irishman and living in Killeagh in east Cork, or that she would totally change her career from computers t

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  • 3 to Try - The Spice is Right

    3 to Try - The Spice is Right

    07 May 2014

    We all have a passion for spices and Oriental and Asian food - here are three place you might like to try

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  • Getting the simple things right in the food business

    Getting the simple things right in the food business

    07 May 2014

    THE ‘management meeting of one’ is the hardest meeting there is to have,” says Paul Williams of the uber cool Canteen eatery in Limerick. “Just staring back at yourself in the mirror. There's no one else to point the finger at. It's you, and you alone..

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  • 3 to Try - Diverse Dining

    3 to Try - Diverse Dining

    07 May 2014

    Fancy trying somewhere different to eat - here are three diverse places to try all with something interesting and different to offer.

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  • Restaurant Review - Deep South

    Restaurant Review - Deep South

    07 May 2014

    There's a fine line between being naturally cool and overly contrived. Likewise, there's a fine line between shabby chic and just plain shabby. It felt like the latter when we arrived for lunch at the Deep South Cafe Bar in Cork.

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  • Restaurant Review - Aroi

    Restaurant Review - Aroi

    30 April 2014

    Street food is the thing people talk about when they return from the Far East. Those morsels of deliciousness cooked and sold, for no more than a few cents, from stalls in the markets and on the streets

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  • Kirsti O'Kelly's 'Silver Darlings'

    Kirsti O'Kelly's 'Silver Darlings'

    29 April 2014

    Kirsti O'Kelly's Silver Darlings are inspired by Kirsti's native Finland, where herrings are an everyday staple. We have wonderful herrings in our Irish waters but a lot of them are exported to Scandinavia, Europe, Japan and the Middle East and the Scandi

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  • Sefik Dikyar's Baklava to die for!

    Sefik Dikyar's Baklava to die for!

    29 April 2014

    Sefik Dikyar is originally from Turkey, and he produces the best Turkish baklava, and other specialties, I have seen this side of the Bosphorus.

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  • 3 to Try - All Greek to Me

    3 to Try - All Greek to Me

    24 April 2014

    Take yourself off to a Greek or Mediterranean restaurant and try some of their very interest mezze dishes.

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  • Restaurant Review - El Greco

    Restaurant Review - El Greco

    24 April 2014

    People sometimes say to me, "How do you pick a restaurant to review?" The answer is simple. In a review, people want to know about new restaurants, and new eateries are opening apace – especially in Dublin.

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  • COME DANCING AND LEAVE YOUR WORRIES BEHIND

    COME DANCING AND LEAVE YOUR WORRIES BEHIND

    21 April 2014

    SINCE time immemorial, the movement of dance has fascinated, enthralled and even frightened at times. Around the world, there are courtship dances, rain dances, sword dances and war dances, not to mention the Maori Haka. Just as Spain enthralled...

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  • FOOD NOTES

    FOOD NOTES

    21 April 2014

    The new Terenure Village Market kicked off last Sunday, outside Gerry Caffrey Motors on Terenure Road North. The market committee is made up of a small number of locals who volunteered their time to set up this market "to try revive

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  • Restaurant Review - Brookwood

    Restaurant Review - Brookwood

    19 April 2014

    Brookwood’ is a new eatery on busy buzzy Lower Baggot Street.I can’t say I quite get the significance of the slightly rural folksy name in the center of the city, particularly as it is a sleek steak and seafood house, rather than of the ‘fumble and forage

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  • Ardmore Open Farm, Brigid Shelly Gallery, White Horses Restaurant

    Ardmore Open Farm, Brigid Shelly Gallery, White Horses Restaurant

    18 April 2014

    WE COULDN'T help but burst out laughing at the sight of 'Dorothy' rolling languorously on her back, then pausing mid-roll to look at us as if to say, 'come scratch my tummy'.

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  • 3 to Try - Steak & Seafood

    3 to Try - Steak & Seafood

    16 April 2014

    Steak and seafood restaurants are perenially popular and here are three suggestions you might like to try.

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  • Restaurant Review - 8A Brasserie

    Restaurant Review - 8A Brasserie

    11 April 2014

    Having now lived for many years in Monkstown, County Dublin, I remember when number 8A Monkstown Crescent was Coopers – which was one of a chain of popular bistro/brasserie-style restaurants around the capital.

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  • Cracking Easter Breaks

    Cracking Easter Breaks

    08 April 2014

    FOR the next couple of weeks it is all about fluffy yellow chicks, Easter bunnies and lots of chocolate. Hotels around the country are getting ready to welcome guests over the Easter holidays with various packages.....

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  • 3 to Try - Fashionably, fabulously fast.

    3 to Try - Fashionably, fabulously fast.

    04 April 2014

    There is some really great food to be had in the casual fast food dining arena nowadays. Here are three interesting places to try

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  • LIMERICK'S CULTURE & CHIPS

    LIMERICK'S CULTURE & CHIPS

    01 April 2014

    DENIS Allen’s anthemic Limerick, You’re a Lady pays tribute to the Shannon’s waters as “tears of joy that flow”.

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  • Restaurant Review - Galileo's

    Restaurant Review - Galileo's

    01 April 2014

    It was a lovely, bright, Sunday morning. Spring was in the air, the daffodils were peeking through and the "urge was upon me" to point the car in some direction out of Dublin! I am notoriously last-minute – some might say impulsive, some might say advent

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  • 3 To Try - P is for Pleasure

    3 To Try - P is for Pleasure

    26 March 2014

    With some great eateries out there around the country here are three suggestions for you to try out.

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  • Restaurant Review - Peruke & Periwig

    Restaurant Review - Peruke & Periwig

    26 March 2014

    Set in a compact, three-storey Georgian house on Dawson Street, Peruke & Periwig is the latest offering from the people behind Wagamama, the Vintage Cocktail Club and the Liquor Rooms in Temple Bar. Tourists, trendies and young-bucks-about-town may

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  • Chic niche boutiques streets ahead

    Chic niche boutiques streets ahead

    26 March 2014

    It's busy, it's buzzy, and it's jam-packed full of quality goods. Go visit Drury Street, says Lucinda O'Sullivan

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  • Marianne Weidner opens 4th Oska Shop at Avoca Mount Usher

    Marianne Weidner opens 4th Oska Shop at Avoca Mount Usher

    18 March 2014

    Passion and change are the two words that drive Marianne Weidner. Marianne has recently opened her fourth OSKA shop, this one at Mount Usher Gardens in Ashford,Co Wicklow.

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  • 3 to Try - Gastropub Grub

    3 to Try - Gastropub Grub

    18 March 2014

    I must say I love the casual ethos and restaurant grub on offer in Gastropubs- here are three great places you might like to try.

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  • Restaurant Review - S Caviston@Goggins - Closed Before Review Published!

    Restaurant Review - S Caviston@Goggins - Closed Before Review Published!

    18 March 2014

    I guess you are skating on fairly thin ice when you set out to review a new food element in what has been your local pub for the last 30 years. You are damned if you do, and you are damned if you don't!

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Oyster Grill Restaurant @ Hotel Meyrick

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Oyster Grill Restaurant @ Hotel Meyrick

    14 March 2014

    The city of Galway is famous as a hub for visitors of all kinds, with thousands flocking to the city of tribes every year. Whether they’ve come for a relaxing retail getaway, an oudoorsy adventure holiday or for one of the many popular festivals.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay - Hotel Meyrick

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay - Hotel Meyrick

    12 March 2014

    Known far and wide as the city of tribes, Galway City is the thriving hub for culture and tourism in the west of Ireland. With beautiful beaches along its coasts and a buzzing social atmosphere both day and night, the city is a pleasure to explore.

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  • Restaurant Review - Frites Haus

    Restaurant Review - Frites Haus

    11 March 2014

    Oh dear! I've had a couple of iffy experiences with "take it or leave it" service of late. I hope we're not heading for the situation of restaurants losing the plot again. Restaurants are opening all over Dublin, but, in this era of tight belts, they need

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  • The Royal Treatment in our own Glass Tower

    The Royal Treatment in our own Glass Tower

    10 March 2014

    ANGELA Merkel was entertained there last week, as was Queen Elizabeth during her state visit in 2011. I'm talking about the CCD – Convention Centre Dublin – the dramatic, tilted glass tower on the northside of the Liffey docklands that gives the leaning

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  • Restaurant Review - Drury Buildings

    Restaurant Review - Drury Buildings

    05 March 2014

    An orchestra without a conductor, a ship without a captain, a circus without a ringmaster. It felt a little bit like that at the new Drury Buildings on our midweek visit for dinner.

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  • Kelly's open new chapter in its book of welcomes

    Kelly's open new chapter in its book of welcomes

    04 March 2014

    AS I thumbed through The Book of Kelly's, a fascinating history of Kelly's Resort Hotel at Rosslare Strand, Co Wexford, I thought, 'This is going to have to be updated!'

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Darwin's Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Darwin's Restaurant

    26 February 2014

    With Whitefriar Street Church being its best known landmark, I suppose I might be forgiven for saying that when Darwin’s first opened in Aungier Street some years ago it had always been more “mantilla” land than “Manolo” land.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay - Conyngham Arms

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay - Conyngham Arms

    24 February 2014

    The historic village of Slane springs to the fore when it comes to Rock Festivals in Ireland. Over the years Slane Castle has seen thousands of people enjoy the music of Thin Lizzy, Bruce Springsteen, Guns ‘N Roses, David Bowie, Queen, U2, Madonna, etc

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Conyngham Arms

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Conyngham Arms

    24 February 2014

    Right in the heart of the historic village of Slane, Co. Meath you will find the Conyngham Arms Hotel, a magnificently restored 18th Century coaching inn.

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  • Restaurant Review - An Bhialann

    Restaurant Review - An Bhialann

    21 February 2014

    In a city that is awash with – nay, expects – value menus and early birds, the first thing that struck us in the new steak and seafood restaurant, An Bhialann, on a bleak Thursday evening in January, was that there were no such offerings.

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  • THREE TO TRY - NEW FACES NEW PLACES

    THREE TO TRY - NEW FACES NEW PLACES

    20 February 2014

    Restaurants are opening like wildfire in Dublin and surrounding areas. Here are three places you might like to try.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Germaines Bar & Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Germaines Bar & Restaurant

    19 February 2014

    When I was a child I spent my summer holidays with my aunt and uncle on the farm in Tullow, Co. Carlow. I was regularly packed off on the bus which jogged along, making a ‘comfort’ stop in Blessington, before heading on for Baltinglass and Tullow.

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  • Hats Hats Hats - Ireland's Great Milliners

    Hats Hats Hats - Ireland's Great Milliners

    18 February 2014

    WITH weddings being planned right now all over the country, we are coming into the season when it's also all about hats, hats, hats.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay - The Mill Times Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay - The Mill Times Hotel

    17 February 2014

    The town of Westport is known far and wide as a bustling and welcoming community that draws tourists year round both from home and abroad.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Temptations Restaurant Westport

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Temptations Restaurant Westport

    17 February 2014

    The town of Westport is famous as a busy, buzzing tourist community that draws in vistors from around the world for its beautiful scenery, historical sites and its thriving hotel and restaurant scene.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Pasta Fresca Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Pasta Fresca Restaurant

    13 February 2014

    Just off Grafton Street lies one of Dublin’s most popular restaurants, so popular in fact that it has been running since 1985. The secret to its continued success is that on top of serving really delicious Italian food, there is always a buzz.

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  • THREE TO TRY - PLAISIR D'AMOUR

    THREE TO TRY - PLAISIR D'AMOUR

    11 February 2014

    With Valentine's Day virtually on our doorstep here are three suggested romantic restaurants to try.

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  • Restaurant Review - Canteen at the Market

    Restaurant Review - Canteen at the Market

    11 February 2014

    Love is in the air this week, and one place you can't help but feel the love is at Canteen at the Market, owned by young couple, James Sheridan and Soizic Humbert.

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  • GET BOOKING THAT VALENTINE BREAK

    GET BOOKING THAT VALENTINE BREAK

    11 February 2014

    WITH St Valentine's Day falling on a Friday this year, it is the perfect opportunity for a spring break and the hotels around the country are gearing up to woo your custom.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - McGettigans Cookhouse & Bar

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - McGettigans Cookhouse & Bar

    11 February 2014

    Right in the heart of Dublin’s City Centre, opposite Connolly Station, close to the Liffey and convenient for the O2, you will find McGettigans Cookhouse and Bar, which I have to say is one of the most inviting and atmospheric venues I’ve visited.

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Cava Bodega

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Cava Bodega

    10 February 2014

    There is no doubt but the colour, vibrancy, drama and romance of Spain has held a huge attraction for the intellectuals and artistic of this world from the great American writer Ernest Hemingway to movie star Rita Hayworth.

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  • THREE TO TRY - PIZZA PLUS

    THREE TO TRY - PIZZA PLUS

    04 February 2014

    Everyone loves Italian food and here are three suggestions for you to try which offer pizzas and more....

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  • Restaurant Review - Pizza e Porchetta

    Restaurant Review - Pizza e Porchetta

    04 February 2014

    It was rather nice to see restaurateur Ronan Ryan striding on familiar turf by way of the new Pizza e Porchetta in the Malting Tower on Grand Canal Quay.

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  • No 1 Best Bargain Hotel in the WORLD 2014

    No 1 Best Bargain Hotel in the WORLD 2014

    03 February 2014

    IF someone asked you where was the No 1 Best Bargain Hotel in the World, your head would probably whirl around images of the blue oceans of the Seychelles, a chalet in the Swiss Alps, or a colourful riad in Morocco.

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  • THREE TO TRY - HOMELAND DINING

    THREE TO TRY - HOMELAND DINING

    28 January 2014

    American casual food is hugely popular with all age groups so check out these three places.

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  • Restaurant Review - TUCKBOX

    Restaurant Review - TUCKBOX

    28 January 2014

    'You were always on my mind, you were always on my mind," crooned Elvis Presley, followed in rapid succession by Diana Ross rolling up with Ain't No Mountain High Enough. "Well, the music's a winner anyway. Young rockers and old rockers are going to love

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  • Spinng a tasty yarn at Winnie's cafe

    Spinng a tasty yarn at Winnie's cafe

    27 January 2014

    WHEN driving through a Dublin suburb, you are not expecting to encounter a grassy green sheep pen with gambolling lamb figures peering over the fence – not to mention 'Winnie' in the corner.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Clancy's Bar & Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Clancy's Bar & Restaurant

    24 January 2014

    One of the great new additions to the seaside town of Youghal in East Cork is Clancy’s Bar & Restaurant on the Front Strand.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Texas Steakout

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Texas Steakout

    22 January 2014

    We all love a good steak and, when I say a good steak, I mean a good steak. We want it juicy and tender, cooked the way we like it, with all the trimmings – our favourite sauces, fries, onions, mushrooms – the works.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Holland's

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Holland's

    21 January 2014

    Right in the heart of the popular seaside town of Bray, Co. Wicklow is a venue that has been delighting its patrons for over 40 years now, Holland’s Gastropub.

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  • 3 to Try - New Kid on the Block

    3 to Try - New Kid on the Block

    20 January 2014

    Restaurants are opening apace all over the place - here are three restaurants you might like to try.

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW - SEVEN SOCIAL

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - SEVEN SOCIAL

    20 January 2014

    You really do have to admire the get up and go of some people. Seven Social is a 24-seater restaurant on Benburb Street, which has never let its diminutive size or location curtail its ambitions.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Hen House

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Hen House

    20 January 2014

    Graham and Rosie Campbell’s Hen House restaurant, overlooking Dun Laoghaire’s seafront, has become one of the most popular restaurants in the area and continues to draw customers who love to chow down all American style in a relaxed comfortable atmosphere

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  • LUCINDA VISITS THE DSPCA AND MEETS LOTS OF FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS

    LUCINDA VISITS THE DSPCA AND MEETS LOTS OF FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS

    13 January 2014

    'A DOG is for life, not just for Christmas" was the slogan created way back in 1978 by Clarissa Baldwin of the Dogs Trust in the UK.It is a slogan that is every bit as relevant today as it was back then. The idea was to discourage people

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  • THREE TO TRY; ORIENTAL EATS

    THREE TO TRY; ORIENTAL EATS

    13 January 2014

    Fond of Asian food, then check out these three Oriental restaurants who will be in full flight for the upcoming Chinese New Year at the end of January.

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  • Restaurant Review - Ka Shing

    Restaurant Review - Ka Shing

    13 January 2014

    I'd never before sat in a Chinese restaurant in Ireland and been the only European in the place. And it wasn't a simple, tucked-away venue in some backstreet of what is, euphemistically, called our Chinese quarter -- around Parnell Street and Capel Stree

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Lord Baker's Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Lord Baker's Restaurant

    10 January 2014

    To be a succesful restaurant or pub in the town of Dingle, Co.Kerry one has to be something pretty special. With 36 eateries and 50 pubs to be found within the town, it can be tough to compete.

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  • Weighing up the diets that might work for you

    Weighing up the diets that might work for you

    06 January 2014

    ONE of these fine days, when the last of the tinsel has been packed away, very many of us are going to try and put our New Year's resolution into operation and, for very many of us, that resolution is to lose weight.

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  • Restaurant Review - Opium Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

    Restaurant Review - Opium Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

    06 January 2014

    Restaurants seem to gather in clusters. Once one paves the way successfully, others follow hot on its tail -- the Haddington Road area, Upper Leeson Street and Ranelagh are all prime examples.Now the hot-to-trot Dublin city-centre place is Wexford Street

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  • LUCINDA'S GASTRO GONGS FOR 2013

    LUCINDA'S GASTRO GONGS FOR 2013

    31 December 2013

    THIS year it has been wonderful to see a huge number of new restaurant openings -- both big and small. Also worth noting, as I looked back over this year, the standard and pride in food overall in restaurants and hotels has improved more this year than...

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Bakestone

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Bakestone

    27 December 2013

    As an inveterate shopper who drags the better half around every store and retail outlet in the country, I am always looking for something delicious to revive us both after our efforts. What a joy it was to happen upon Bakestone at Ballyseedy Home & Garden

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  • HERE COME THE GIRLS - MEET SOME OF IRELAND'S FEMALE CHEFS

    HERE COME THE GIRLS - MEET SOME OF IRELAND'S FEMALE CHEFS

    24 December 2013

    THE restaurant industry is predominantly run by men. It's all about this, that and the other celebrity chef, shouty chef, pouty chef and idiot macho chef, some gazing from professionally posed photos looking as if they had discovered the atom rather than

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Veda Indian Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Veda Indian Restaurant

    19 December 2013

    Believe it or not, one of the hazards of being a food critic is that every time you sit down to review a restaurant you have to ‘go the distance’ with three courses, three tapas plates or whatever, otherwise you disappoint someone.

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  • Restaurant Review - Two new Gastropubs

    Restaurant Review - Two new Gastropubs

    18 December 2013

    It’s always great to see new restaurants and eateries opening. I recently visited two new gastropubs, which have more than one thing in common. Both hostelries have been opened by Irish guys who have lived and worked for a considerable length of time in

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  • Festive Food Traditions Abroad

    Festive Food Traditions Abroad

    17 December 2013

    AS YOU prepare to douse the pudding with brandy and set it alight on Christmas Day, did you know that the plum pudding goes back to Roman times? It began as a pottage of meat and vegetables prepared in a cauldron to which dried fruits, sugar and spices...

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - The Monastery Inn

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - The Monastery Inn

    17 December 2013

    We spend a lot of time on the road travelling around the country and consequently always on the lookout for somewhere to stop and have a bite to eat. This was how we discovered the atmospheric Monastery Inn, a thriving local pub and restaurant...

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Aprile Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Aprile Restaurant

    13 December 2013

    Situated on the Lower Kilmacud Road, opposite the Stillorgan Shopping Centre in Dublin, you will find Aprile Restaurant, a wonderful asset to the Stillorgan restaurant community. Beautifully decorated with a cool contemporary look, Aprile’s has a

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - dela

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - dela

    11 December 2013

    The City of the Tribes is always an exciting place to visit with events and festivals happening it seems almost all year round. There is a tangible buzz and a vibe and, over the past couple of years, it has also become a foodie destination with the

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Pepper Brasserie & Grill

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Pepper Brasserie & Grill

    10 December 2013

    Peter Clifford is a young chef with the Twitter handle of @pistolpete1991who has used this medium to raise his profile very successfully. He has now taken up the reins at the new Pepper Brasserie & Grill, at the Bram Stoker Hotel in Clontarf....

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  • ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A BREAK

    ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A BREAK

    09 December 2013

    CHRISTMAS and New Year are times when a lot of people like to get away from it all. Some hotels are already booked out. I am told this is often by people who work right up to Christmas Eve, perhaps in the hospitality or retail business, or those whose

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Marco Pierre White Courtyard Bar & Grill

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Marco Pierre White Courtyard Bar & Grill

    06 December 2013

    The sometime enfant terrible of the kitchen, Marco Pierre White, has expanded his empire by opening a second restaurant in Dublin.

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  • Restaurant Review - Etto

    Restaurant Review - Etto

    04 December 2013

    Etto, a really chic little wine bar, has joined the coterie of eateries and bars that make up Dublin’s Merrion Row, smack in the heart of what is known as the golden mile. It is located in long narrow premises that were for over twenty years an Indian re

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  • Elena Arzak Judges at Eurotoques Young Chef of the Year 2013

    Elena Arzak Judges at Eurotoques Young Chef of the Year 2013

    02 December 2013

    LAST Sunday week saw five young hopefuls reach the finals of the Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year 2013, held at a 'secret' location of which guests were notified the day before.

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  • Christmas Shopping Lunch Spots

    Christmas Shopping Lunch Spots

    02 December 2013

    The shops are decorated to the hilt, you can't escape the Christmas jingles – we are now seriously into Christmas shopping time! December 8 was traditionally the big day for people to come to Dublin for present buying.

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW - FOREST AVENUE

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - FOREST AVENUE

    26 November 2013

    There is a stark Nordic ‘Wallander’ feel to the new Forest Avenue restaurant, accented by a floor to ceiling glass frontage, offering vistas of acres of sky. A faux white stags head hangs on an urban grey wall, as a cute little ‘antlers’...

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  • Hospitality ascends to new heights at Aghadoe

    Hospitality ascends to new heights at Aghadoe

    25 November 2013

    IN 1965, just around the time the Aghadoe Heights Hotel was being built overlooking the Lakes of Killarney, American novelist Arthur Hailey wrote the best selling blockbuster Hotel.

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  • Thanksgiving Dinner in Youghal

    Thanksgiving Dinner in Youghal

    21 November 2013

    Thursday November 28th is Thanksgiving, America’s favourite holiday, which is destined to be celebrated most sincerely in a bar on the beach in the seaside heritage town of Youghal.

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  • Restaurant Review - Pepper

    Restaurant Review - Pepper

    19 November 2013

    Twitter is a mighty marketing tool if used properly but, unfortunately, it does allow what were known in the old days as ‘poison pen’ writer’s free rein. However, it also facilitates people who have a common interest to find one another and I

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  • TAKE 4 GIRLS

    TAKE 4 GIRLS

    18 November 2013

    TAKE four girls, take four ideas – and hey presto, you have four businesses. I recently met four such young women whose ideas really took my fancy. Their products are all innovative, stylish, and would make anyone happy on Christmas Day.

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  • Restaurant Review - Franchini's

    Restaurant Review - Franchini's

    12 November 2013

    The opening of the eponymous Castlemartyr Resort in East Cork in 2007 was the talk du jour. The magnificent house, which had for many years been in the hands of a religious order, was exquisitely restored and refurbished, whilst the grounds and gardens

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  • "I Died Smiling as I Lived" - Kilkennyman Billy Morris Story WW1

    11 November 2013

    When Lucinda O'Sullivan was given a cache of letters, sent by her uncle Billy Morris from Kilkenny while he served with the British army in World War One, it set her off on a wonderful, and deeply moving journey of discovery that ended with Billy's final

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  • Cookery Book Launches - Rick Stein, Chapter One, Lynda's Table......

    Cookery Book Launches - Rick Stein, Chapter One, Lynda's Table......

    11 November 2013

    YES, 'tis the season to be cooking – but it also seems to be the serious season for launching new cookery books.

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  • Seven Social  -  Ancient Irish Feast

    Seven Social - Ancient Irish Feast

    11 November 2013

    Don't miss out on Seven Socials fab 10 Course Tasting Menu next Sunday 17th November.The night is putting the spotlight on genuine Irish cuisine, our food history and traditions both current and ancient.

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  • LUCINDA IN FLANDERS FIELDS

    LUCINDA IN FLANDERS FIELDS

    11 November 2013

    Fiv years ago coincidentally the 90th Anniversary of the Armistice, I wrote here in Life magazine the story of my uncle, Billy Morris, a young man from Kilkenny who like many other young Irish men of his generation had felt honour bound to go off to war

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  • Restaurant Review - House

    Restaurant Review - House

    05 November 2013

    ‘House’ is not the American medical TV series, nor is it a reality TV show but, I guess, you could say there will certainly be a lot of ‘people watching’ within its walls. Rather, ‘House’ is the sibling of 37 Dawson Street’, Dublin’s hot, hot, bar/eatery

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  • Designer Leathergoods in Dingle

    Designer Leathergoods in Dingle

    04 November 2013

    CONOR Holden and his wife Clare are this year celebrating 25 years of Holden Leathergoods, their quality handcrafted designs business.

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  • KILKENNY, KILKENNY, KILKENNY

    KILKENNY, KILKENNY, KILKENNY

    04 November 2013

    OVER the bank holiday weekend, we were in Kilkenny for the seventh Savour Kilkenny food festival, which proved a tremendous success. We stayed in the Pembroke Hotel and on Friday night we were guests of Savour Kilkenny at Zuni's Restaurant where, followi

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  • Restaurant Review - Marco Pierre White Courtyard Bar & Grill

    Restaurant Review - Marco Pierre White Courtyard Bar & Grill

    29 October 2013

    The sometime enfant terrible of the kitchen, Marco Pierre White, breezed into town recently for the opening of his second restaurant in Dublin. Unlike many of the ventures by English celebrity chefs, MPW’s restaurant in Dawson Street, in partnership with

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  • Knitting & Stitching Show

    Knitting & Stitching Show

    28 October 2013

    when it came to sewing, I didn't get off to a great start. I grew up looking at my mother's black and gold electric Singer sewing machine – it was a treasured piece of 'high tech' equipment and carried warnings to be extremely careful about threading bobb

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  • Restaurant Review - Zaragoza

    Restaurant Review - Zaragoza

    22 October 2013

    Everybody it seems wants to be a restaurateur. However, I must confess the latest convert to the hot steamy cut throat world of the professional kitchen certainly surprised me. The ex deputy leader of Fianna Fail, Mary Hanafin, is one of ten people...

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  • Meet Helen & Brian Heaton of Castlewood House Dingle

    Meet Helen & Brian Heaton of Castlewood House Dingle

    21 October 2013

    Everywhere I go in Ireland, I meet hoteliers who say that they've been having a great year. I have tremendous time for these people who, through good times and bad, have had to keep the best front out, maintain their premises and try to keep their staff

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  • Hayfield Manor wins Conde Nast Readers' Choice Award 2013

    Hayfield Manor wins Conde Nast Readers' Choice Award 2013

    20 October 2013

    The staff & owners of Hayfield Manor hotel have been honoured with one of the most prestigious awards in the travel industry. The readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine, a collection of some of the most discerning travellers across the globe, voted for

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  • Restaurant Review - Platform

    Restaurant Review - Platform

    15 October 2013

    When a restaurant is hopping on a Monday night, I guess you can take it they are doing something right. So it was when we arrived sans reservation to Platform Pizza Bar on the seafront in Bray, Co. Wicklow. Aptly named as it backs onto Bray Dart Station

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  • 'This is Cavan'

    'This is Cavan'

    14 October 2013

    'THIS is Cavan' is the new branding for marketing all that Cavan has to offer. The county recently hosted 'A Taste of Cavan' where I met some enthusiastic food producers from Cavan and surrounding counties. The fact that Richard Corrigan....

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  • Restaurant Review - Veda

    Restaurant Review - Veda

    08 October 2013

    Believe it or not, one of the hazards of being a food critic is that every time you sit down to review a restaurant you have to ‘go the distance’ with three courses, three tapas plates or whatever, otherwise you disappoint someone. When off duty....

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  • The Local Shop

    The Local Shop

    07 October 2013

    FOR generations, the corner shop was very much part of the local community. It was where housewives bought their daily bread and milk, their bacon and newspapers, had a chat with the shopkeeper, perhaps ran a little monthly account or put it 'on tick'.

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  • Restaurant Review - Sr Frango

    Restaurant Review - Sr Frango

    03 October 2013

    Sr Frango ‘Modern European Cuisine’ is the latest eatery to join the plethora of reasonably priced spots in the Camden and Wexford Street area of Dublin. Its rustic Tex Mex wood panelled shopfront didn’t initially strike us as the most appealing

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  • A Whirl Around Brittany With Some Wine Buying As Well

    A Whirl Around Brittany With Some Wine Buying As Well

    01 October 2013

    FOR many years now, we have taken ourselves off to France for an autumnal break. It's a lovely time to travel, being still generally warm, and it is also a great opportunity to stock up the wine cellar for the long winter ahead.

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  • Michelin 2014

    Michelin 2014

    29 September 2013

    MICHELIN Guide announced its much vaunted Michelin Stars 2014 last week with editor Rebecca Burr saying, "We have never produced a GB & Ireland guide that provides our readers with such diversity and variety.

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  • Autumn Food Festivals

    Autumn Food Festivals

    23 September 2013

    It's very seldom that we slide gently into autumn, but this summer has been a real cracker, which has raised our spirits and given us all more positive thoughts. We have had a summer of food festivals countrywide and now, as we approach the season of mist

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  • Restaurant Review - The Greenery

    Restaurant Review - The Greenery

    23 September 2013

    Tucked away in the corner of a little strip of shops in Donnybrook Village is The Greenery. With a candy stripe awning over a couple of outside café tables, the ambiance is light bright and relaxed with pretty young girls flitting around.

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  • Restaurant Review - Marcel's

    Restaurant Review - Marcel's

    20 September 2013

    It’s funny how some new eateries manage to hit the ground running whilst others make excuses for their failings for weeks. Located in what was the former Espresso Bar on St. Mary’s Road in D4, facing the Dylan Hotel, the new Marcel’s Restaurant exudes

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  • Honest2Goodness really is Honest To Goodness

    Honest2Goodness really is Honest To Goodness

    19 September 2013

    FOUR years ago this coming November, brother and sister team, Colm and Brid Carter took the risky step of launching Honest 2Goodness, an artisan food market, in a warehouse on Slaney Close in the Dublin Industrial Estate in Glasnevin. Since then, H2G has

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - La Dolce Vita

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - La Dolce Vita

    12 September 2013

    La Dolce Vita is a popular Italian restaurant, which was previously in Sandyford Village and is now in a super new contemporary premise, complete with an outdoor terrace, in the Sandyford Industrial Estate.

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  • Restaurant Review - Beeftro

    Restaurant Review - Beeftro

    11 September 2013

    Is it mere coincidence that in a recession people love to snuggle themselves up beside the security of a humongous steak? Certainly we are seeing plenty of new beef eateries hitting our streets.

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  • THAT APPALLING PHOTO

    THAT APPALLING PHOTO

    10 September 2013

    Can you imagine how you would feel if you saw a picture of yourself, decapitated, blood dripping down, your hair being grasped by an angry looking man, whilst his companion, clutching the offending cleaver, stared angrily out of the photo? This is what I

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  • Lucinda meets Vivien Walsh - Jewellery Designer

    Lucinda meets Vivien Walsh - Jewellery Designer

    10 September 2013

    THERE is nothing to put a glint in a girl's eye more than the sight of a nice little jewellery box!

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  • Restaurant Review - Breakfast is King

    Restaurant Review - Breakfast is King

    05 September 2013

    “Breakfast like a King, lunch like a Lord, and dine like a pauper”, is an old adage. Perhaps it’s not a bad one for, having cast aside our Celtic Tiger ways and returned to many old traditions, we are realizing that perhaps Granny did really know best.

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  • Restaurant Review - Cleaver East

    Restaurant Review - Cleaver East

    29 August 2013

    What is it about men and their weapons? Thirty years ago, Marco Pierre White launched his cleaver clutching, tousle haired, moody, sexy-chef image –- today he promotes stock cubes and steak houses! Now Michelin starred chefs, Oliver Dunne of Bon Appetit,

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  • SABA Lobsterfest is back!

    SABA Lobsterfest is back!

    29 August 2013

    Lobsterfest, the annual shellfish shindig at Saba, is back from Monday 9th until Sunday 22nd September. Diners can enjoy exquisite lobster fresh from the waters of Inisboffin or freshly shucked Carlingford Lough oysters to sip, slurp and sup!

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  • Chefs and limelight are a recipe for trouble!

    Chefs and limelight are a recipe for trouble!

    28 August 2013

    EGO – three little letters for a very powerful word that can destroy people and their families. Other ways we have of describing misplaced supersized ego is 'losing the plot', 'believing one's own publicity', 'carried away with themselves' or

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Cloister Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Cloister Restaurant

    28 August 2013

    Dermot and Noreen Fetton are two of the most experienced people operating within the hospitality business in Ireland today. Both spent many years working in 5 Star establishments; the legendary Dromoland Castle and the Castlemartyr Resort in East Cork.

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  • END OF SUMMER FAMILY HOTEL BREAKS - GRAB THEM!

    END OF SUMMER FAMILY HOTEL BREAKS - GRAB THEM!

    19 August 2013

    AS AUTUMN leaves approach, many families like to seize the moment and head off for a last precious few days of fun before the school year begins.

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW - REUBEN'S RESTAURANT AT THE STEP HOUSE

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - REUBEN'S RESTAURANT AT THE STEP HOUSE

    19 August 2013

    It was a scorching Sunday morning as I decided to hit the road for somewhere, rather than the road to nowhere around the house! I am a last minute traveller defined by my family of men as bonkers for, on a previous impulsive Sunday a few years back,

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  • Restaurant Review - La Dolce Vita/Village Bistro

    Restaurant Review - La Dolce Vita/Village Bistro

    16 August 2013

    Early Bird and Value Menus are the midweek mainstay of many restaurants, so it is in a restaurant’s own interests to make them as inviting as possible. We took in a few recently, during the lovely summer evenings.

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  • Makers & Brothers

    Makers & Brothers

    14 August 2013

    RIVERDANCE brought Irish dancing into today's world giving it a modern edge – and brothers Jonathan and Mark Legge are aiming to do the same with Irish crafts and design...

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  • A Caviston's Greystones now open for Dinner

    A Caviston's Greystones now open for Dinner

    08 August 2013

    Amy Caviston of A Caviston's in Greystones is now opening her brilliant seafood cafe restaurant for dinner.....

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  • MARBELOUS CITY FOR ARTS, CRAFTS AND FOOD TRAILS

    MARBELOUS CITY FOR ARTS, CRAFTS AND FOOD TRAILS

    05 August 2013

    FOOD tourism is a huge industry around the world and something that has been growing in Ireland in the past few years. There is no doubt but that when businesses in a region or town band together it proves to be to everyone's advantage.

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  • Restaurant Review - Copper Bar

    Restaurant Review - Copper Bar

    05 August 2013

    Will it be third time lucky, we wondered, as we arrived at the new Copper Bar in Sandyford Industrial Estate. Certainly the signs looked good. The place was busy and had life about it, but this is a building with a story. The Sandyford Estate was....

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  • Restaurant Review - Clodagh's Kitchen

    Restaurant Review - Clodagh's Kitchen

    30 July 2013

    A decade or so ago a young lady from Cork sent me a recipe for chicken liver pate which she was selling in Midleton Farmer’s Market. Since then she has moved rapidly up the foodie ladder so it was good to see that she has been true to her origins...

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  • New businesses at  Cabinteely Park Market

    New businesses at Cabinteely Park Market

    29 July 2013

    In the midst of all the doom and gloom there is a veritable boom in small-business enterprise. It's a 'we can do it' philosophy and, as small-time entrepreneurs soon find out there is absolutely nothing like working for yourself in business.

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  • Hot Dining in Holiday Hot Spots

    Hot Dining in Holiday Hot Spots

    24 July 2013

    We all like to try the local restaurants when we are on holiday whether home or abroad. Maybe you go to the same part of Connemara or West Cork each year,visit old favourites and know them all by heart, but then again maybe you don’t,and places do change

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Asian Tea House Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Asian Tea House Restaurant

    24 July 2013

    Galway, the City of the Tribes, is always an exciting place to visit. Its ancient streets are vibrant and buzzy, but like all cities it's always good to know where you will find great food in a great ambiance.

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  • The Dublin Flea

    The Dublin Flea

    23 July 2013

    WE CAN'T all make it to the world famous two-day Braderie de Lille on August 31 and September 1, or indeed the famous flea markets of Paris, but we do have our very own Dublin Flea Market, held on the last Sunday of every month at .....

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  • Restaurant Review - Perfect Pitstops

    Restaurant Review - Perfect Pitstops

    16 July 2013

    Many years ago, when planning our first trip driving around the North of France, I found a book which followed the ‘B’ roads, leading us up highways and byways of delight, with recommendations for eateries and places to lay our heads. I am not going to

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  • Meet the guy behind the Bunsen Burger

    Meet the guy behind the Bunsen Burger

    15 July 2013

    “What I loved about New York is that you have a guy that does the best chips, a guy that does the best sushi, a guy that does the best baguettes, ….the best coffee, and they can all trade independently whereas here there is a rush to satisfy everybody....

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  • Restaurant Review - Town Kildare

    Restaurant Review - Town Kildare

    09 July 2013

    Arguably one of Dublin’s most talked about restaurants, Town Bar & Grill, was re-launched recently as a “high end casual restaurant” with the owner, Gillian Ronan, dropping the ‘Bar & Grill’ moniker for ‘Town Kildare Street’, and wheeling in a brace

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  • A Kerry Odyssey

    A Kerry Odyssey

    08 July 2013

    'THE windows have been painted for the first time in 27 years and new boilers installed," said Tony Daly, managing director of the consortium of investors who bought Parknasilla Resort & Spa in Sneem, Co Kerry, at the start of this year.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Torrino's

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Torrino's

    03 July 2013

    Westport is one of the great destination towns for tourism and weekenders. It is a thoroughly attractive place with lots to do and see for the visitor. It also has some great shops and restaurants.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Bang Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Bang Restaurant

    02 July 2013

    Located in the hub of what is known as Dublin’s Golden Mile, on Merrion Row just off St Stephen’s Green, Bang Restaurant is right where it’s at when it comes to chic contemporary dining.

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  • New Head Chef at Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa

    New Head Chef at Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa

    01 July 2013

    The Lake Room Restaurant and Heights Lounge have a refreshing new look menu created by Head Chef Sebastian Schulze.

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  • Nobo Dairy Free Icecream

    Nobo Dairy Free Icecream

    01 July 2013

    DUBLINERS Brian Nolan and Rachel Flynn will become Mr and Mrs Nolan this coming October, but, notwithstanding the excitement of wedding plans, they have just established a new food business, Nobo, which is ice-cream with a difference.

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  • Kids Cookery Bootcamp at Ryeland House

    Kids Cookery Bootcamp at Ryeland House

    01 July 2013

    All great chefs and foodies say they learned to cook at their mother's knee and, from my own experience, it is a skill you never forget. Nowadays not everyone has as much time to spend cooking with their kids as they might like and, as we all know,

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  • Restaurant Review - 1826Adare & Dunraven Arms Hotel

    Restaurant Review - 1826Adare & Dunraven Arms Hotel

    01 July 2013

    A visit to Rick Stein territory in Cornwall proved a defining moment for Wexford born chef Wade Murphy and his wife Elaine.

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  • Heiko Riebandt joins The Lodge at Doonbeg as Executive Head Chef

    Heiko Riebandt joins The Lodge at Doonbeg as Executive Head Chef

    26 June 2013

    The Lodge at Doonbeg is delighted to announce that Heiko Riebant has been appointed Executive Head Chef. He joins Doonbeg from The Sheen Falls Lodge Hotel in Kenmare, Co. Kerry where he has been Executive Chef since 2009.

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  • WATERFALL FARM ENNISKERRY

    WATERFALL FARM ENNISKERRY

    24 June 2013

    Michael and Hannah Keegan are a young couple who farm pedigree Lleyn sheep on 170 acres in the shadows of Powerscourt Waterfall in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, aptly named Waterfall Farm.

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  • Restaurant Review - NEDE

    Restaurant Review - NEDE

    24 June 2013

    Since departing Noma, the legendary Copenhagen restaurant, Yannick Van Aeken and Louise Bannon have caused a flutter in the foodie arena and divided the Critics....

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Adrift @ Dunmore House Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Adrift @ Dunmore House Hotel

    21 June 2013

    Clonakilty in West Cork is definitely worth exploring. With its colourfully painted houses and Georgian Squares, it is lovely little town to stroll through, bursting with blooming flower baskets in the spring and summer.

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  • Restaurant Review - Las Tapas de Lola

    Restaurant Review - Las Tapas de Lola

    19 June 2013

    Rule No. 1 in any business is not to leave potential customers hanging on a phone for 15 minutes before they hang up, as happened when I called up to book at table at Las Tapas de Lola. It is enough to make you tear your hair out, as is being told that,

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  • Dermot & Noreen Fetton open The Cloisters Ennis

    Dermot & Noreen Fetton open The Cloisters Ennis

    17 June 2013

    WHEN visiting the splendid Castlemartyr Resort in East Cork three or four years ago, I met the delightful Dermot and Noreen Fetton. At the time they were both on the managerial team of The Dromoland Collection, which had taken over the management of...

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Brasserie On The Corner

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Brasserie On The Corner

    14 June 2013

    The City of the Tribes has been raising its head in the foodie arena in the past couple of years with some really good eateries and one of those is undoubtedly Brasserie on the Corner. There is a lovely atmosphere here, plenty of buzz, excellent service,

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Brambles Bistro Terenure

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Brambles Bistro Terenure

    12 June 2013

    Brambles is a well know family owned group of some 20 excellent daytime cafes in high profile Shopping Centers, Museums, and other venues principally in the Dublin area.

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  • My childcare nightmare in my own home

    My childcare nightmare in my own home

    10 June 2013

    I went down the route of even more expensive childcare in my own home as I felt he would be safest there. What could go wrong under our own roof?

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  • 10 GREAT RESTAURANTS TO VISIT THIS SUMMER

    10 GREAT RESTAURANTS TO VISIT THIS SUMMER

    10 June 2013

    The first question asked of a restaurant critic is “what is your favourite restaurant”. For me a good restaurant is not always about twiddly bits of artwork on a plate, it can be good produce simply cooked, wonderful aromatic spices from Asia....

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Forge Bar and Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Forge Bar and Restaurant

    07 June 2013

    The village of Moycullen is on the main road between Galway and Oughterard both of which you pass through en route to Clifden. Nowdays Moycullen has become a really happening village raising it’s profile both in relation to food and retail.

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  • The Punnet Health Food Store - Glasthule

    The Punnet Health Food Store - Glasthule

    03 June 2013

    "We met in a smoothie bar in Gran Canaria," explained Darragh. "I did my Leaving Cert in 1998 and James was going into fifth year. Twenty-seven students went from Blackrock College, where I was, and from St Mary's, where James was a student. We all got.

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  • Jarek's Kitchen

    Jarek's Kitchen

    03 June 2013

    'My mother is a chef, which is how I learned to cook, I got my passion for food from her," explained Jarek Baryga of Jarek's Kitchen.

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  • Dublin's Best Gastropubs

    Dublin's Best Gastropubs

    03 June 2013

    The Restaurants Association of Ireland and Sunday Life Magazine 2013 Irish Restaurant Awards are taking place in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin, on June 10, Eight establishments have been shortlisted for Best Gastropub in Dublin.....

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay - The Bosun

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay - The Bosun

    30 May 2013

    The Bosun at Monkstown is one of Cork’s longest standing and best loved establishments and for over a hundred years, it has drawn travellers from both near and far through it’s welcoming doorway.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Bosun

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Bosun

    30 May 2013

    For over a hundred years now, The Bosun in Monkstown, Co.Cork has welcomed patrons from all around the country and indeed overseas.

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  • Dromoland Castle - 50 Years of Hospitality

    Dromoland Castle - 50 Years of Hospitality

    27 May 2013

    The Sixties was the decade that liberated a generation and changed the world in so many ways. The Russians sent Yuri Gagarin into outer space in 1961, whilst Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon in 1969. The Beatles were

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - An Canteen

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - An Canteen

    23 May 2013

    Dingle is a town that is just magic in itself. From the moment it featured in the iconic movie ‘Ryan’s Daughter’ it’s stunning dramatic beauty capitvated people from all over the world.

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  • Restaurant Review - FXBuckley Temple Bar

    Restaurant Review - FXBuckley Temple Bar

    21 May 2013

    I lusted long and hard for a couple of years over a designer dining table with a silver Indian ‘white metal’ top. “They are very cool - I saw a similar one in Jamie’s in Covent Garden,” I pleaded with Himself - who remained unmoved by the t

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Winding Stair

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Winding Stair

    21 May 2013

    The Winding Stair is one of the most respected and popular restaurants in Dublin. Over the past number of years Elaine Murphy’s fantastic eatery has charmed and enchanted not only thousands of locals but also thousands of visitors to the City

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  • Summer Festivals

    Summer Festivals

    20 May 2013

    LIFE is what you make it. And, one way or another, you can have a brilliant summer in Ireland by following the festival trail – and many do. I am not just talking of food festivals, but also literature, music, comedy, the lot.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Vista

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Vista

    14 May 2013

    There are lots of great restaurants in Kinsale, but very few have such a setting as Vista.

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  • Cornstore Group Delivers Innovative Beef Aging Process

    Cornstore Group Delivers Innovative Beef Aging Process

    14 May 2013

    CORNSTORE GROUP celebrate launch of their own in-house dry aging beef process. This initiative involves..

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  • Claire Doyle - Dress Designer

    Claire Doyle - Dress Designer

    14 May 2013

    CLAIRE Doyle is an accomplished businesswoman, dress designer and manufacturer, with an assurance and poise that belie her 27 years.

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  • Restaurant Review - Soulful Bistro

    Restaurant Review - Soulful Bistro

    14 May 2013

    ‘Some people are so poor, all they have is money’ and ‘the best things in life aren’t things’ are phrases scripted in gold on the walls of the new Soulful Bistro in Dublin’s Stoneybatter.

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  • EL CELLER DE CAN ROCA PIPS NOMA AT THE POST WORLD'S50 BEST

    EL CELLER DE CAN ROCA PIPS NOMA AT THE POST WORLD'S50 BEST

    07 May 2013

    From Peru to Dubai, Brazil to Shanghai, an army of worldwide chefs gleamed and preened as they rubbed shoulders in London's prestigious Guildhall for the announcement of the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants 2013.

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  • Restaurant Review - The Brasserie at The Marker

    Restaurant Review - The Brasserie at The Marker

    07 May 2013

    “I’m having difficulty choosing a starter”, said friend Rachel. “They are all ‘wobblies’ or ‘cheesy’”. We were in The Brasserie of the new Marker Hotel, on Grand Canal Square in Dublin’s Docklands. The ground floor is open plan - light....

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  • Restaurant Review - The Table

    Restaurant Review - The Table

    30 April 2013

    Devotees of the popular urban Lennox Café Bistro will be happy to know that the owners have spread their wings and opened The Table Restaurant & Wine Bar in the nearby former Nonna Valentina premises, overlooking the Grand Canal at Portobello.

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  • May Bank Holiday Breaks

    May Bank Holiday Breaks

    29 April 2013

    After the extraordinary unseasonal weather we've 'enjoyed' this spring, there is a longing in all of our hearts for an escape – however brief. Check out some May Bank Holiday breaks and get going!

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  • Go Vintage in Borris, Co. Carlow, for Tractor Nuts Festival 2013

    Go Vintage in Borris, Co. Carlow, for Tractor Nuts Festival 2013

    29 April 2013

    The nation is going VINTAGE mad with HUNDREDS of tractor nuts from all over Ireland and abroad descending on the quaint village of Borris in Co. Carlow on May 11th and 12th for the 10th annual Tractor Nuts Festival.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Morilles Bistro

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Morilles Bistro

    24 April 2013

    Today, situated above the Yellow House Pub, you will find Morilles Bistro and the moment you walk through it’s doors you’ll know you’ve come to the right place.

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  • Kate Browne - BeU Beauty Clinic

    Kate Browne - BeU Beauty Clinic

    23 April 2013

    As we all know, retail and other small businesses have been decimated over the past few years through high rents and the drop in spend. In February 2011, Kate Browne of BeU Beauty Clinic in the Dublin suburb of Kimmage was also battling hard to keep her

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  • Restaurant Review - Tropica Chinese Restaurant

    Restaurant Review - Tropica Chinese Restaurant

    23 April 2013

    Many years ago I remember a popular Chinese Takeaway to which everyone flocked after the rugby hops. We downed large quantities of mustard yellow Chinese curries with chunks of woolly chicken and chewy onion in the name of exotic food. Chinese restaura

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  • BLOOMING BURREN - GLORIOUS FOOD AND WALKS

    BLOOMING BURREN - GLORIOUS FOOD AND WALKS

    21 April 2013

    The weekend break takes place from Friday May 10th to 12th.
 Aidan and Kate McGrath provide superb food and stylish accommodation at the multi-award winning Wild Honey Inn located in Lisdoonvarna.

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  • BURREN SLOW FOOD FESTIVAL

    BURREN SLOW FOOD FESTIVAL

    21 April 2013

    The seventh annual Burren Slow Food Festival takes place in Lisdoonvarna on the weekend of 17th, 18th and 19th of May. This year’s special guest is Irish native, UK based Chef Richard Corrigan.

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  • Restaurant Review - Browne's Brasserie

    Restaurant Review - Browne's Brasserie

    16 April 2013

    ‘Hello’ said the tall man, dressed in a casual outdoor jacket and scarf, resting his elbow on the top of our booth as he looked down on us. ‘Hello’, we replied, a tad bemused as we had never seen him before. There was that awkward pause before he said “

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  • Putting bread on our tables is a labour of love

    Putting bread on our tables is a labour of love

    15 April 2013

    'I did corporate law in Galway before becoming a baker. It's a natural progression really," said Patrick Ryan with a laugh. Patrick, 27, set up the Firehouse, a bakery and bread school on Heir Island, west Cork, last year, and is about to embark on a new

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  • 'FOLLOW ME DOWN TO CARLOW LADS.....'

    'FOLLOW ME DOWN TO CARLOW LADS.....'

    15 April 2013

    Grandmothers Day - Forgotten Skills Slow Food International Grandmothers Day. “A celebration of Food Heritage and Forgotten Skills” Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 April 2013 Sandbrook House, Co. Carlow

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  • KELLY'S HOTEL ROSSLARE - SPECIAL MAY GOLF BREAK

    KELLY'S HOTEL ROSSLARE - SPECIAL MAY GOLF BREAK

    14 April 2013

    With so many great golf courses in the sunny South-East, the ever popular Kelly’s Hotel in Rosslare, Co.Wexford provides the ideal base for that spring golfing break, and all...

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  • All Ireland Chowder Cook off Kinsale 21st April, 2013

    All Ireland Chowder Cook off Kinsale 21st April, 2013

    13 April 2013

    It certainly won’t be a case of “too many cooks may spoil the broth” in Kinsale on Sunday 21st April, as chefs from all over Ireland compete in the All Ireland Chowder Cook off.

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  • South American Wine Tasting Dinner at Roly's on 16th April

    South American Wine Tasting Dinner at Roly's on 16th April

    12 April 2013

    On Tuesday the 16th of April Roly's will be hosting a dinner with a wine maker from South America......

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  • Pop Up Dinner at Dublin Cookery School

    Pop Up Dinner at Dublin Cookery School

    09 April 2013

    I recently had one of the best meals of the year so far – not as one might expect in a posh restaurant, but at a pop-up event of graduating students at the Dublin Cookery School in Blackrock, Co Dublin.

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  • Restaurant Review - That's Amore

    Restaurant Review - That's Amore

    09 April 2013

    “When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie, that’s amore, When the world seems to shine, like you’ve had too much wine, that’s amore.”

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Dylan Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Dylan Restaurant

    05 April 2013

    Since first opening its doors, tucked away on the exclusive Eastmoreland Place in Dublin’s D4, the Dylan Hotel has been one of Dublin’s hottest destinations.

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  • Restaurant Review - VM Restaurant

    Restaurant Review - VM Restaurant

    03 April 2013

    When chefs have reached a certain level of skill and proficiency you know, provided they are on the bridge during your visit, that you are unlikely to receive a less than perfect plate. So it was on our recent trip to VM restaurant in Longford where Chef

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  • The Hills are Alive with the Smell of Chocolate

    The Hills are Alive with the Smell of Chocolate

    01 April 2013

    AS WE wake up this Easter Sunday morning, the hills may not be alive with the sound of music, but at Kylemore Abbey in Letterfrack, Co Galway, the kitchens are alive with the sound of industry – and the aroma of chocolate.

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  • 130 years of  Renvyle House Hotel

    130 years of Renvyle House Hotel

    25 March 2013

    “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…”were the opening lines of Daphne du Maurier’s famous novel ‘Rebecca’ a tale of love, deceit, and murder, and an all destroying fire in the mythical house Manderley on the Cornish shoreline. Many great novel

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  • Restaurant Review - Anar Persian Restaurant

    Restaurant Review - Anar Persian Restaurant

    25 March 2013

    Anar is a new Persian Restaurant and Wine Bar in the heart of Terenure. ‘Persia’ - isn’t that Iran nowadays - I can hear you say! Yes, indeed it is, but doesn’t Persia sound so much more romantic. It brings back memories of the last Shah, Mohamed Reza

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  • Restaurant Review - Morrison Grill

    Restaurant Review - Morrison Grill

    19 March 2013

    We’d had a great cocktail each in the new Quay 14 Bar, been looked after by amazing bar staff, and were now seated in the Morrison Grill, on a low backed banquette in a Siberian draft. As the evening progressed, the tempo music was raised, and looking ou

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  • Lucinda meets Atul Kochhar

    Lucinda meets Atul Kochhar

    18 March 2013

    'Idedicated my new book, Atul's Curries of the World, to my mum and I was very emotional about the first copy I got so I sent it to her immediately. Two days later I thought I would check that she had received it, so I called her up. Before I could ask

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  • Fashionista paradise in G4

    Fashionista paradise in G4

    11 March 2013

    GOREY has always been a great business town but did you know that it has now become a serious fashionista destination? Esmonde Street has become a boulevard of boutiques and cafes, acquiring the tag of G4 and attracting the ladies in their droves. Also

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  • Restaurant Review - PHX

    Restaurant Review - PHX

    11 March 2013

    Restaurants tend to cluster in groups, a good thing as a choice of eateries draws more people to an area. The latest little cluster of eateries is between Benburb Street and the Quays. First in here was Seven Social, a really good spot for delicious and

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Rockpool Restaurant @ Carlton Kinsale Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Rockpool Restaurant @ Carlton Kinsale Hotel

    05 March 2013

    Since first opening, some years back now, The Carlton Hotel Kinsale has gone from strength to strength with it’s fantastic modern facilities and it’s high standards of hospitality.

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  • NEDE - EDEN - Yannick & Louise

    NEDE - EDEN - Yannick & Louise

    04 March 2013

    It's mirror, mirror – on the ceiling at NEDE as Yannick Van Aeken and Louise Bannon take over the pots and pans at Eden

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  • Restaurant Review - Pho Viet

    Restaurant Review - Pho Viet

    04 March 2013

    Due to the long French occupation of Indochina, Paris was always the best European city in which to experience good Vietnamese food from Vietnamese people who had settled there. I was rather excited then at the idea of a dedicated Vietnamese Restaurant

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Kathmandu Kitchen

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Kathmandu Kitchen

    01 March 2013

    Joanna Lumley attracted a lot of publicity for the State of Nepal in recent times when she took up the cause of the legendary Ghurkas, a fiercesome and brave military unit in the British Army who were being denied the right to live in the U.K. despite..

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay - Carlton Kinsale Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay - Carlton Kinsale Hotel

    27 February 2013

    Stunningly set in 90 acres of mature wooded parkland, including a walled garden and wonderful walks, The Carlton Hotel Kinsale has glorious views overlooking Oysterhaven Bay.

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  • From Poland to Paris - Cafe Eatery Value

    From Poland to Paris - Cafe Eatery Value

    26 February 2013

    'People want value – scones are flying out, I do them differently every day," says chef Vivienne Johnston, one half of the duo behind the delightful Mellow Fig Cafe on George's Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin.

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  • Restaurant Review - Kathmandu Kitchen

    Restaurant Review - Kathmandu Kitchen

    26 February 2013

    Joanna Lumley attracted a lot of publicity for the State of Nepal in recent times when she took up the cause of the legendary Ghurkas, a fiercesome and brave military unit in the British Army who were being denied the right to live in the U.K.

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - EAT@Massimo

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - EAT@Massimo

    26 February 2013

    The colourful couple who really raised the foodie profile of Galway have now taken on the Gastropub world with their food offerings at EAT@ Massimo.

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Wilde's at Lisloughrey Lodge

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Wilde's at Lisloughrey Lodge

    23 February 2013

    The entire first floor of the house has been given over to their uber smart Wilde's at the Lodge restaurant, overlooking Lisloughrey Quay, and a spectacular view of Lough Corrib. Here you can enjoy the best of Contemporary Country House Cook

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay - Arbutus Hotel Killarney

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay - Arbutus Hotel Killarney

    23 February 2013

    The Arbutus Hotel Killarney is not just any hotel; it is a hotel with a history, a hotel with style, a hotel where you will be looked after with extraordinary hospitality and attention by the Buckley family.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Donelli's Cafe Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Donelli's Cafe Restaurant

    23 February 2013

    Located in the centre of Wicklow Town, Donelli’s Café | Restaurant has been attracting a loyal and regular clientele for the last ten years, who come not only for the cracking food but also for the atmosphere and buzz.

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  • 130 years of Hospitality at Renvyle House Hotel

    130 years of Hospitality at Renvyle House Hotel

    22 February 2013

    Renvyle House Hotel reopens this week for a new season that will mark the historic property’s 130 years as a hotel. Renvyle, which has been the meeting place of poets, politicians and influencers for many....

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  • ISPCA RESCUE VALENTINO THE BEAUTIFUL DONKEY

    ISPCA RESCUE VALENTINO THE BEAUTIFUL DONKEY

    20 February 2013

    Lucinda O'Sullivan went on a rescue mission that started with a tweet and ended in a marshy forest in north Leitrim

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  • Restaurant Review - Hot Stove

    Restaurant Review - Hot Stove

    20 February 2013

    Chapter One paved the way for a high end restaurant on Parnell Square but whilst they now have a Michelin Star, and are probably the most popular and desired restaurant in the country, Ross Lewis and Martin Corbett, are the first to say that having opened

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Stay - The Westbury Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place to Stay - The Westbury Hotel

    17 February 2013

    The Westbury Hotel is at the very heart of Dublin Society. It’s not just its stupendous location off Grafton Street, the heart and soul of Dublin’s fashion and dining world, but it’s accessibility. And, again, by accessibility I do not mean just its

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  • OUR LATEST GREAT PLACE TO EAT - THE OLDE POST INN

    OUR LATEST GREAT PLACE TO EAT - THE OLDE POST INN

    14 February 2013

    There is a sweet little Auberge de Terroir in Normandy with a half dozen bedrooms, which we discovered a few years ago, where Monsieur is a superb chef and Madame is front of house. Arriving in to the dining room one evening, we noticed a couple already..

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Peperina

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Peperina

    13 February 2013

    There was a really nice relaxed urban cool feel on our visit to Peperina Garden Bistro, on Dunville Avenue, in Ranelagh. Set amidst a group of shops, which comprise an upmarket niche shopping area for the redbrick D6 brigade, the premises formerly house

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  • Valentine Specials in Restaurant & Hotels

    Valentine Specials in Restaurant & Hotels

    11 February 2013

    LET there be no unromantic curmudgeons this Valentine's Day. Your Fair Lady or Gentleman would love a bit of rosy-hued fun whether you cook at home, go out to dinner or even take a break away.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Kelby's Bistro @ Amber Springs Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Kelby's Bistro @ Amber Springs Hotel

    07 February 2013

    The Amber Springs Hotel in Gorey is the sister hotel to the nearby Ashdown Park. Both are owned and operated by the Redmond family, whos ethos in supporting local, artisan and Irish food is to be commended.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat -  Rowan Tree Restaurant @ Ashdown Park Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Rowan Tree Restaurant @ Ashdown Park Hotel

    07 February 2013

    Since opening a dozen years ago, The Ashdown Park Hotel has become a very popular venue for dining. There are two principle dining options; The Ivy Bar and the more formal Rowan Tree Restaurant.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay - Laragh House

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay - Laragh House

    06 February 2013

    I make no excuses whatsoever for the fact that I have a penchant for Kilkenny, both City and County. The fact is I have Black & Amber heritage so I am drawn like a bee to honey.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Chervil Restaurant @ Hotel Doolin

    Our Latest Great Place To Eat - Chervil Restaurant @ Hotel Doolin

    06 February 2013

    Hotel Doolin’s innovative eco friendly and green approach to everything they do is nowhere more to the fore than in their food. Their philosophy here is their passion for delivering original wholesome and inventive food.

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  • Delicious treats a piece of cake for three bakers

    Delicious treats a piece of cake for three bakers

    04 February 2013

    IT WAS impossible to resist the smiling face proffering a taster of delicious cakes as I went into Blackrock Market on a cold blustery Saturday...

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  • The Road to Damascus

    The Road to Damascus

    04 February 2013

    Tabletalk “What’s the difference between Syrian and Lebanese food”? I asked the agreeable chap, who was wearing a fez and colourful national dress, at the new Damascus Gate restaurant on Upper Camden Street. “Nothing really,” he replied, “but like

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay - Amber Springs Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay - Amber Springs Hotel

    03 February 2013

    The sunny South East is always hugely popular with holidaymakers attracted by the myriad of wonderful beaches along the coast of Co.Wexford.

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  • SHOWCASE - IRISH CRAFT AND DESIGN - A WOW

    SHOWCASE - IRISH CRAFT AND DESIGN - A WOW

    28 January 2013

    This year's Showcase expo at the RDS was full of top-quality design-led Irish crafts, says Lucinda O'Sullivan

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW - RINUCCINI

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - RINUCCINI

    28 January 2013

    I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like Italian food. It is one of the most popular cuisines in the world. However, here in Ireland for many many years, our Italian dining experiences were bastardised Italian restaurants, serving mainly sloshy

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay - The Killarney Royal Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay - The Killarney Royal Hotel

    26 January 2013

    “How can you buy Killarney” went the old song made famous by Bing Crosby. Well you can’t of course but, if you know the right places to stay, you can buy into the best of the Killarney experience for the time you are there.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay - The Glasshouse

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay - The Glasshouse

    25 January 2013

    It is easy to see why The Glasshouse caused such a stir when it opened at Swan Point in Sligo, for the fact of the matter is that it is absolutely stunning.

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  • Our Latest Great Place To Stay - Raheen Woods Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place To Stay - Raheen Woods Hotel

    23 January 2013

    There isn’t a better known or loved Irish song than ‘The Fields of Athenry’ - just ask any rugby fan. The orgins of this inspirational piece of music are rooted firmly in the beautiful and historical town for which it is named.

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  • Surprise arrival adds baby bib to Michelin bib

    Surprise arrival adds baby bib to Michelin bib

    21 January 2013

    When Billy Whitty and Joanne Harding got up on the morning of Friday, April 13, 2012, to start work at their Aldridge Lodge Restaurant and Guesthouse at Duncannon, Co Wexford, they had no idea that by that afternoon, they would be happy parents to a new b

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  • Restaurant Review - Rock Lobster

    Restaurant Review - Rock Lobster

    21 January 2013

    The new Rock Lobster eatery over Kiely’s Pub in Donnybrook is a somewhat unusual collaboration between two guys in the restaurant industry in that they are at opposite ends of the country!

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat - Hotel Doolin

    Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat - Hotel Doolin

    17 January 2013

    Doolin is a very special place in the hearts of many. It’s spectacular rugged location on the northwest coast of Co. Clare, combined with its rich heritage and culture, draws people from all over the world to enjoy its natural beauty, hospitable people,

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Seafield Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Seafield Restaurant

    16 January 2013

    The Seafield Restaurant at the Seafield Hotel in Ballymoney, Co. Wexford, is a beautiful location with views of the golf course and courtyard but better still it also offers cracking innovative contemporary food that makes it a destination in itself.

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Barony Restaurant @ Talbot Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Barony Restaurant @ Talbot Hotel

    15 January 2013

    “True to region, true to season” is the slogan of Orla and Tom Talbot at their eponymous Talbot Boutique Hotel in Belmullet. There are two dining options at the hotel, the chic Barony Restaurant, which offers contemporary cooking in style, or The Talbot

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Stay - Seafield Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place to Stay - Seafield Hotel

    15 January 2013

    Once you swing left out of Gorey on the road to Ballymoney, it is not long before you realize you are in a different world. The windy roads abound with lush thick tropical greenery and it feels like you are in a very different place – away from it all –

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  • How Margaret's farm animals are tickled pink

    How Margaret's farm animals are tickled pink

    14 January 2013

    'The abattoir is a small one and he had almost finished a consignment of pigs when we arrived. The smell was all embracing – it seemed to settle in a gelatinous layer on me. The screams of the pigs were blood curdling and I glanced at 'Sausage' who had sh

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  • January Value in Countrywide Restaurants

    January Value in Countrywide Restaurants

    14 January 2013

    Last week we took a look at restaurant offers and value in Dublin. This week we are seeing what is available countrywide in our restaurants for January and February. In Co. Wicklow, at A. Caviston in Greystones, their new ‘fish deals’ concept has

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Stay - The Talbot Hotel Belmullet

    Our Latest Great Place to Stay - The Talbot Hotel Belmullet

    14 January 2013

    There is nothing I like better than hitting the road and getting out of Dublin at weekends, consequently I am always looking for somewhere new and different. Our latest discovery is The Talbot Hotel at Belmullet, Co. Mayo.

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  • January Value in Dublin Restaurants

    January Value in Dublin Restaurants

    08 January 2013

    Today, being Little Christmas, is the last day of the Festive Season, but January and February don’t have to be dreary for it is clear from the plethora of new eateries springing up that we do really want to go out to eat in an informal casual way. There

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  •  How a stray dog helped Sasha to follow her heart

    How a stray dog helped Sasha to follow her heart

    07 January 2013

    No sooner have we packed the Christmas decorations away than we get down to planning the summer holiday. It was ever thus, for there is a time for everything and everything in its time.

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Richy's Restaurant & RCafe

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Richy's Restaurant & RCafe

    04 January 2013

    One of the best known restaurants in the South West is Richy’s Restaurant and RCafé. Since first opening his doors in 2002 Richy Virahsawmy has been tantalizing locals and visitors alike with his cracking eclectic food bearing the influences of the Mauri

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat - Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt

    Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat - Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt

    02 January 2013

    Powerscourt Estate at Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, has always held a special place in the hearts of Dubliners. A truly splendid estate with a magnificent Palladian Mansion with formal gardens and terraces reminiscent of Versailles, it was here in 1965 that..

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Gordon Ramsay at Powerscourt

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Gordon Ramsay at Powerscourt

    02 January 2013

    There was excitement enough when the fabulous Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt Hotel opened its doors at Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, but there was a frisson of bliss when it was announced that the signature restaurant would be Gordon Ramsay at Powerscourt.

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  • The good, the bad, and who takes the biscuit....

    The good, the bad, and who takes the biscuit....

    31 December 2012

    Lucinda O’Sullivan dishes out the awards for her personal best and worst dining experiences of 2012

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Stay - Hampton Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place to Stay - Hampton Hotel

    28 December 2012

    One of my best friends lives in Co. Wicklow and her favourite treat is to overnight in the Hampton Hotel when she comes into town to the National Concert Hall or to a restaurant.

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  • Book Your New Year's Eve Dinner or Break Away

    Book Your New Year's Eve Dinner or Break Away

    25 December 2012

    The bubbly is flowing, so don your Stetsons for a Dallas night or climb a mountain to mark 2013, says Lucinda O'Sullivan.....

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  • Dublin's Hot Dining Pitstops

    Dublin's Hot Dining Pitstops

    20 December 2012

    There’s a lot of talk about online shopping for gifts this Christmas but, frankly, nothing beats the feel of the ‘real thing’ in your hands, the buzz of choosing those gorgeous gifts, being able to touch or smell them, pondering on whether it should be th

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  • Evan Connon - Stained Glass Artist

    Evan Connon - Stained Glass Artist

    17 December 2012

    The recession hit Evan Connon hard, but out of it, he found himself, and he found love, writes Lucinda O'Sullivan.......

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  • Restaurant Review - Damson Diner

    Restaurant Review - Damson Diner

    17 December 2012

    Adding another vast hip new eatery to what has euphemistically been christened the Creative Quarter, the Bereen brothers have just opened the Damson Diner in premises where they previously ran the South William Urban Lounge. Marc and Conor Bereen also..

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Masterson's Steakhouse & Wine Bar

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Masterson's Steakhouse & Wine Bar

    12 December 2012

    When I was a kid Swords was a small town where we would often go on the ‘Sunday Drive’ and you thought of it as being out in the country. The father would drive around taking in Ballyboughal, the Naul, all of those great places, and of course blackberry

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  • Pods, Pizzas, Pop Ups

    Pods, Pizzas, Pop Ups

    10 December 2012

    'Large streams from little fountains flow, tall oaks from little acorns grow," is an old saying and so it is with the vanilla pod. I, however, speak not of a vanilla pod per se but The Vanilla Pod Eatery at The Park Retail Centre, Carrickmines, which is s

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  • Restaurant Review - Asador

    Restaurant Review - Asador

    10 December 2012

    On its second night, Asador was already awash with bright young things hanging off the cocktail bar, as we rolled up to try it out. With Twitter and Facebook, the drums beat loudly nowadays revving up the hordes who descend like a swarm of mosquitos to p

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Diwali Indian & Nepalese

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Diwali Indian & Nepalese

    08 December 2012

    I remember years ago finding great authentic Asian and South East Asian restaurants in Amsterdam and London that were simple in style and décor, but were relaxed and friendly, and where good food and fun were King.Diwali reminds me of these places...

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Indie Spice - Sandymount

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Indie Spice - Sandymount

    06 December 2012

    I have a passion for Indian food, the spices, the aromas, and the colours, which are rarely seen to the same extent in any other cuisine. In fact, I sometimes wonder why I wasn’t born on the sub-Continent instead of freezing in this part of the Northern

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Sirocco's

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Sirocco's

    05 December 2012

    I don’t know anybody who doesn’t love Italian food, not to mention the lighthearted fun atmosphere to be found in Italian restaurants. We have very fond memories of a little Italian restaurant in Soho that we used visit many years ago, and Sirocco’s..

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Peploe's

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Peploe's

    04 December 2012

    Very few restaurants have the honour of ever being recognized as an institution in Dublin society, but Peploe’s on St. Stephen’s Green achieved that status the minute it opened its doors a decade or so ago. Barry Canny is a foodie himself, he understands

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  • Christmas Markets, Fairs, Fun and Frolics

    Christmas Markets, Fairs, Fun and Frolics

    03 December 2012

    It's that time of year again – the wonderful season of Christmas. And each year more and more Christmas markets, fairs, fun and entertainment are springing up. We are an indefatigable people!

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - 37 Dawson Street

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - 37 Dawson Street

    30 November 2012

    If you want to rub shoulders with the cool and happening people of Dublin, well 37 Dawson Street is where it is at. This is an amazing bar, which is better than any club and where the movers and shakers hang out.The décor is quite brilliant, it is like

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Sandbar Trattoria

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Sandbar Trattoria

    29 November 2012

    I have very happy memories as a child of long summer days in Clontarf – cycling along the front by the sea from Hollybrook Road where my aunt lived, to the famous Clontarf Baths for a swim. It was absolutely magical so anytime I can get over to Clontarf

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  • Peppers at The White Deer

    Peppers at The White Deer

    29 November 2012

    Mallow is a very pretty historic town on the River Blackwater about 20 miles or so north of Cork City. It is a town I have always liked – I always think of it as mellow Mallow with its lush surroundings – I also have to say the same of nearby Kanturk..

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Kirby's Korner Bar

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Kirby's Korner Bar

    29 November 2012

    Kirby’s Korner is in Ballinhassig, not far from Kinsale, and on the main road to West Cork. It is a great pub, very much part of the local community, with always something happening by way of sporting occasions, off the cuff sing songs, weekly games of c

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  • Lyon's Cafe The Recipes - New Cook Book

    Lyon's Cafe The Recipes - New Cook Book

    29 November 2012

    Gary Stafford and the staff at Lyon’s Café extend an open invitation to the launch of their cook book: Lyon’s Café, The Recipes. The launch will take place in Lyons café on Saturday December 1st at 3pm with mulled wine, seasonal nibbles and music by the..

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  • Lucinda meets the man who put sole into Kilkenny

    Lucinda meets the man who put sole into Kilkenny

    27 November 2012

    A flair for fabulous footwear is in the family for the man behind the Shoe Box, writes Lucinda O'Sullivan

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  • Restaurant Review - Lady Helen Room

    Restaurant Review - Lady Helen Room

    27 November 2012

    The recessionary tightening of belts has brought about an extraordinary amount of innovation in the foodie world with new small food businesses, and value menus, particularly in Dublin. However it is important too that the spirit, creativity and ambition

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - La Raclette

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - La Raclette

    25 November 2012

    The times we are in have brought about a burgeoning of smashing small and interesting restaurants around the country. People want to be able to eat out at reasonable prices, and have a nice bottle of wine with their friends without it breaking the bank.

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Flanagan's Gastro Pub

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Flanagan's Gastro Pub

    25 November 2012

    When I was a girl, all you could get to eat in an Irish pub was the proverbial butt of many a joke – the ‘hang sangwich’ – with a slice of fluorescent orange cheese slapped in the middle if you wanted it toasted! I was always fascinated then by how good

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Harbour Bar - Rush

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Harbour Bar - Rush

    24 November 2012

    No matter where we all go on holidays, be it in Ireland or Abroad, we are always hoping to find that ideal local pub or simple restaurant, that is friendly and welcoming, yet does cracking 5 Star seafood and steaks – oh yes and it has to.....

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  • Christmas at the Green Barn, East Cork

    Christmas at the Green Barn, East Cork

    23 November 2012

    Here I am in East Cork at the Green Barn Killeagh which has a fab selection of unusual Christmas Decorations..........

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  • Union Square - Terenure

    Union Square - Terenure

    21 November 2012

    Lucinda O'Sullivan looks at a union of restaurant, classroom, design shop and theatre that grabs the imagination....

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  • Restaurant Review - Bamboo

    Restaurant Review - Bamboo

    21 November 2012

    “Do you have a voucher”? Asked the young waiter greeting me at the door of the ‘new’ BamBoo on the corner of Parliament Street facing City Hall....

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Moloughney's

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Moloughney's

    17 November 2012

    I have always been of the belief that good chefs are born not made!Of course they have to be trained but you do really know the difference between food that has been cooked by someone with a gift, and someone who is just doing a job.Two people can cook

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Samphire@ The Waterside

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Samphire@ The Waterside

    16 November 2012

    Samphire Restaurant is in the most stunning location, right on the beach, and is the new restaurant of the Waterside House Hotel. Executive Head Chef Tom Walsh has created a whole new image and theme here delivering classical French cuisine with a Moder

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Saba

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Saba

    15 November 2012

    When Thai food was first becoming popular in Ireland, a man wrote to me from London telling me that we would soon be over-run with airport hanger size restaurants doing bad Thai food. Happily that didn’t happen here....

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Vinos - Greystones

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Vinos - Greystones

    14 November 2012

    There was almost an air of a Greek Taverna or Parisian Café about Vino’s in Greystones as we arrived in to meet four friends who live locally. The place was abuzz including a couple of big family groups celebrating birthdays, and the décor and ambiance g

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Mitchel House Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Mitchel House Restaurant

    13 November 2012

    One thing that always gets me off to a good start in a restaurant, apart at all from the food, is the welcome, and that you are always assured of at Mitchel House Restaurant. Michael O’Dwyer is a total professional and really knows what he is about when

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  • Saba: The Cook-book

    Saba: The Cook-book

    13 November 2012

    "Saba: The Cook-book is so beautiful you could leave it on your coffee table - if you could trust your visitors!!" Lucinda O'Sullivan, Food Critic, Sunday Independent.

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Lemon Leaf Cafe

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Lemon Leaf Cafe

    12 November 2012

    As a part time resident of Kinsale for many many years I guess I can claim to know the restaurant scene there better than most.It is a place I have loved all my life and where my kids took their first steps. When the Lemonleaf Café first opened its doors

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Wasabi Japanese Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Wasabi Japanese Restaurant

    12 November 2012

    I was never quite sure how I feel about Japanese food. I love sushi and the lightness and crispness of Tempura but, after that, I sometimes flounder around wondering what to have. Wasabi, is a new Japanese eatery on Malahide’s Main Street, so off we se

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  • Billy Morris -

    Billy Morris - "I died smiling as I lived." WW1 Remembrance Sunday

    11 November 2012

    When Lucinda O'Sullivan was given a cache of letters, sent by her uncle Billy Morris from Kilkenny while he served with the British army in World War One, it set her off on a wonderful, and deeply moving journey of discovery t

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  • Restaurant Review - Fade Street Social

    Restaurant Review - Fade Street Social

    11 November 2012

    When the cream of Dublin’s restaurant scene is out in force to check out a new arrival, you know it is major opposition! Such was the turnout to Dylan McGrath’s new Fade Street Social eatery that it even included some of those who had challenged his

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Vaughan's Eatery

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Vaughan's Eatery

    09 November 2012

    Vaughan’s Eagle House Pub has always been a landmark pub at the crossroads in the center of Terenure Village but in the last couple of years it has also become a landmark eatery - Vaughan's Eatery. It is a place that combines the wonderful old historic

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Brennan's Lane

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Brennan's Lane

    07 November 2012

    Keith and Siobhan Brennan are really on the nose of how people like to dine out and enjoy themselves nowadays. They know what good food is and they have really put Brennan's Lane on the foodie map,as well as it being a great contemporary pub and nightclub

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Ashtons Gastropub

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Ashtons Gastropub

    05 November 2012

    Long before the word Gastropub was ever dreamt up in the nether regions of London’s ECI at The Eagle on Farringdon Road, Ashtons in Dublin’s leafy Clonskeagh had a reputation for good food that would give anyone a run for their money..

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - The Purty Kitchen

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - The Purty Kitchen

    03 November 2012

    Living in the Borough of Dun Laoghaire, I am but a veritable stone's throw from the famous Purty Kitchen. The Purty Kitchen has been around since 1728, not in its present form I hasten to add, but it is the oldest pub in the great seaport of Dun Laoghaire

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - The Step Inn & Stone Grill

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - The Step Inn & Stone Grill

    01 November 2012

    The Step Inn in Stepaside has long been a destination for good food and drink. Built in the style of an old Coaching Inn, The Step Inn in the old days was outside the 3 mile city limits, and consequently known as a ‘bona fide’ pub, which meant it was no

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - An Sugan

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - An Sugan

    31 October 2012

    Clonakilty is a fantastic town, full of colour and atmosphere, from its long narrow streets lined with interesting shops and houses all painted in different colours, to its interesting, elegant and historic Georgian squares. It is a very open and welcomi

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  • Slender Choice

    Slender Choice

    30 October 2012

    PEOPLE all over the country have been coming up with wonderful ideas and new businesses over the past couple of years, but 36-year-old Karen Daly and her husband Frank entered a market that is normally reserved for the big boys -- the corporate food world

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  • Restaurant Review - Vie de Chateaux

    Restaurant Review - Vie de Chateaux

    30 October 2012

    We were in the north of France recently where I was struck yet again at how seriously the Frnech take lunch. In fact, everything seems to stop for lunch at noon; shopkeepers drag in their displays and close up shop on the button whilst workers descend on

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  • Restaurant Review - Wasabi

    Restaurant Review - Wasabi

    24 October 2012

    I am never quite sure how I feel about Japanese food. I love sushi and the lightness and crispness of Tempura but, after that, I sometimes flounder around wondering what to have.

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Eala Bhan

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Eala Bhan

    18 October 2012

    Some people just have the knack of getting things right and that can certainly be said of the team behind Eala Bhan. Anthony Gray and Cedric Roussilhe, along with Head Chef Julian Regneres, have long since put Tra Ban in Strandhill, Co. Sligo.....

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  • Greta Garbo at Newbridge Silverware

    Greta Garbo at Newbridge Silverware

    15 October 2012

    Lucinda O'Sullivan grabbed the chance to view items once owned by Greta Garbo on display at Newbridge Silverware.........

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  • Restaurant Review - Jamie's Italian

    Restaurant Review - Jamie's Italian

    15 October 2012

    With his new Dundrum Town Centre eatery, Jamie Oliver follows a list of U.K. based chefs into Dublin, most of whom hightailed it in jig time back to London. There is no point in pretending anymore that any of these guys are going to stir a pot in Dublin,

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  • Restaurant Review - Vino's Greystones

    Restaurant Review - Vino's Greystones

    11 October 2012

    There was almost an air of a Greek Taverna or Parisian Café about Vino’s in Greystones as we arrived in to meet four friends who live locally. The place was abuzz including a couple of big family groups celebrating birthdays, and the décor...

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  • A Booze Cruise to France

    A Booze Cruise to France

    08 October 2012

    With the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness upon us it is time to think like the farmers, harvesting and squirreling away goodies for the dark winter evenings, and the Christmas store cupboard. It is also Booze Cruise time, which, along with...

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  • Enjoy an Indian Feast at Savour Kilkenny Festival

    Enjoy an Indian Feast at Savour Kilkenny Festival

    07 October 2012

    Enjoy A Journey Across India this October Bank Holiday Weekend! As part of the Savour Kilkenny Food Festival, Royal Spice Indian restaurant will be treating its guests to an extensive five-course "Taste of India" dinner.........

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  • Muckross Park Hotel Gourmet Weekend

    Muckross Park Hotel Gourmet Weekend

    05 October 2012

    Celebrity Chef, Martin Shanahan joins awarding Winning Head Chef at Muckross Park Hotel, Mike Hayes for the hotel’s Autumn Gourmet Weekend on Friday 19th October.

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  • October Food Festivals

    October Food Festivals

    01 October 2012

    October promises to be a month of gastro bliss for food and fun-lovers as Lucinda O'Sullivan serves up some highlights THERE are now more food festivals in Ireland than ever before -- from Westport to Donegal, Macroom (which is happening today), to Dun

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  • Restaurant Review - De Ville

    Restaurant Review - De Ville

    01 October 2012

    There is nothing like a discount to disarm and sweeten the punters when you open a new restaurant. This was the tactic taken by the new De Ville’s Restaurant in Dalkey. A good idea perhaps for other restaurateurs who try out their new restaurants...

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Basilico Italian Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Basilico Italian Restaurant

    26 September 2012

    What you get at Paolo Sabatini and Fabiano Mulas’ Basilico Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria is the best of Italian and Irish food delivered with panache and style in their cool restaurant in the old stone building that is also the 16 bedroomed Coach House...

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  • The Quiet Man Behind Dublin's Favourite Institution

    The Quiet Man Behind Dublin's Favourite Institution

    25 September 2012

    ONE of Ireland's most successful and longstanding restaurateurs never seeks the limelight for himself. While John O'Sullivan is very well known and respected in the hospitality industry, it is the name of the restaurant that he co-founded in 1992 -- Roly'

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  • Restaurant Review - Foodworks

    Restaurant Review - Foodworks

    25 September 2012

    I’m on about service again this week. Maybe I am just having a bad run of it but staff and restaurateurs should remember that a restaurant only gets one chance to make a first impression. Is there anything worse than feeling you are getting the cursor

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  • Restaurant Review - NSquare

    Restaurant Review - NSquare

    18 September 2012

    “Am I in an Italian, Moroccan, Thai or a Steakhouse & Grill”, I asked of the waitress in N Square, a new restaurant under a block of apartments, by the River Lee, just over the bridge from Cork Opera House. Keeping things simple here was certainly not..

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  • Love Antiques - Adams Blackrock

    Love Antiques - Adams Blackrock

    18 September 2012

    From the fictional roguish Lovejoy of the 80’s, to the Antique Roadshow and mahogany tanned ‘Duke’ David Dickinson’s ‘Real Deal’ and Bargain Hunt of today, our TV screens have been lit up with antique finds, from Great Granny’s chest in

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW - EASTERN SEABOARD

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - EASTERN SEABOARD

    18 September 2012

    I decided on one of those few recent fine days to take a ‘Thelma and Louise’ type spin up the coast to the Eastern Seaboard Restaurant at Drogheda with friend Rena. It seemed the perfect opportunity for a late lunch, or an early evening supper....

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  • A Touch of Salt

    A Touch of Salt

    04 September 2012

    Lucinda O'Sullivan meets a savvy Cork businesswoman who's proven that she's worth her salt (and pepper)

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  • Restaurant Review - Farm - Leeson Street

    Restaurant Review - Farm - Leeson Street

    04 September 2012

    It’s funny how some niche areas seem to mushroom organically creating a cult zone for dining with a vibe. Generally it revolves around a good pub where ‘the crowd’ likes to hang before moving on to eat.Ranelagh and Cabinteely villages spring to mind,

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  • Restaurant Review - Eden Bar & Grill

    Restaurant Review - Eden Bar & Grill

    29 August 2012

    Restaurants are opening apace in Dublin. The bigger enterprises tend to be by long term restaurateurs who, although they may have had a couple of bumpy rides, get back in the saddle and keep going. The latter, I guess, could...

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  • The revivial of the Conynham Arms, Slane.

    The revivial of the Conynham Arms, Slane.

    27 August 2012

    A magnificent hotel in Slane, Co Meath has been brought back to life -- to the joy of the community, says Lucinda O'Sullivan

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - La Reserve

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - La Reserve

    17 August 2012

    Ranelagh may well be over-run with eateries of varying standards, but the addition of La Reserve Brasserie in the center of the village raises the bar. I had noticed this little spot, which had “Soft Opening this week” chalked’ on its window and....

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat

    15 August 2012

    There’s a very thin line in this country between ‘Al Fresco’ dining and what is basically the strung together Smoking Area. Scant effort goes into providing real designated outdoor dining options in comparison to the Continent, and I refer particularly t

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  • Knockdrinna Cheese - Another Winner

    Knockdrinna Cheese - Another Winner

    14 August 2012

    Charles de Gaulle famously asked how anyone could govern a nation that had 246 different kinds of cheese. That was many years ago, when Ireland knew only processed cheese of the luminous variety, and perhaps a simple cheddar. I know, I know, someone ....

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  • Restaurant Review - Ananda Indian Restaurant

    Restaurant Review - Ananda Indian Restaurant

    14 August 2012

    There are some restaurants and chefs that feature again and again at the top of list when it comes to Restaurant Awards and there is sound reason – simply because they are consistently good. Ananda in Dundrum Town Centre is one of them and received the

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  • Restaurant Review - Rigby's Deli Dame Street

    Restaurant Review - Rigby's Deli Dame Street

    08 August 2012

    Chefs are a mercurial bunch. Some are dour, some are gregarious, some are vain, some are prima donnas, some are bitchy, some are namby pambies, some are showmen, some are shit stirrers, some are delightful, but, provided it is on their own terms, all of..

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Ocean Bar & Grill -

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Ocean Bar & Grill -

    08 August 2012

    I love sitting in places like Cancale and Saint Malo on covered decks, which abound all over the place and can’t be that expensive to construct. I was reflecting on this whilst breakfasting one Sunday morning recently on the fantastic enormous terrace...

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  • An Overview of Last Minute August Family Breaks

    An Overview of Last Minute August Family Breaks

    06 August 2012

    It's now or never if you want to make the most of summer breaks Fabulous hotels are offering great deals for the August getaway, so start booking, says Lucinda O'Sullivan....

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  • Blackwater Open Farm

    Blackwater Open Farm

    30 July 2012

    Lucinda O'Sullivan discovers how an innovative couple managed to marry hen parties with kids' activities -- a plan well-hatched!

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  • Restaurant Review - Sassy Summer Suppers Dublin

    Restaurant Review - Sassy Summer Suppers Dublin

    30 July 2012

    There is an almost insatiable appetite for al fresco dining on the Capital’s streets, not dispelled by the thoughts of either, bad weather, quaffing back exhaust fumes, or indeed being hassled with fellas rattling begging bowls! So, here are a few idea

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  • The Grand Old Lady of Eyre Square

    The Grand Old Lady of Eyre Square

    23 July 2012

    Lucinda O'Sullivan visited the City of the Tribes -- and rekindled teenage memories of afternoon tea in the iconic hotel on Eyre Square.....

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  • Restaurant Review - Summer Dining

    Restaurant Review - Summer Dining

    23 July 2012

    Lucinda O'Sullivan visits 3 different eateries which offer a Summer ambiance....

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Eastwood & Mays

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Eastwood & Mays

    17 July 2012

    One of the great things about cities like Paris, Rome and Madrid, has always been that, once you stepped out of your hotel and went off down some side street, you would stumble on some little gem of a Bistro where you wined and dined at inordinately.....

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  • Hound's great leap leads from the Wirral to Achill

    Hound's great leap leads from the Wirral to Achill

    16 July 2012

    A chance encounter led to a change of scenery for artist Deborah Joyce, writes Lucinda O'Sullivan WHEN you take your dog for a walk, you don't think that it will lead to a total career change, let alone moving to another country. Such was the case

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  • HOLIDAY PIT STOPS

    HOLIDAY PIT STOPS

    16 July 2012

    So here we are, at the height of the holiday season, maybe travelling to, or already arrived at, that west Cork rental, or Sligo yurt. You are defo out of the home-comfort zone, and looking for a decent reliable bit of nosh. Here are a few ideas.

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  • Restaurant Review - Find That 'Seafood Shack'

    Restaurant Review - Find That 'Seafood Shack'

    11 July 2012

    The ‘Mission’, more dedicated than Tom Cruise, and sometimes equally ‘Impossible’, of many city folk when on the family holiday, is to find that great mythical ‘seafood shack’ by the coast , just waiting to ply you with crab claws the size of your fist..

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Konkan Indian Restaurant Dundrum

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Konkan Indian Restaurant Dundrum

    11 July 2012

    Konkan Indian Restaurant started out a few years ago in the somewhat simple surroundings of Dublin’s Upper Clanbrassil Street but it wasn’t long before fans of Indian food discovered it and the really rather good authentic traditional and regional Indian

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  • Follow the Summer Festival Route

    Follow the Summer Festival Route

    09 July 2012

    Roll up, Roll up, Ireland has become a Nation of Festivals! Festivals are great for local areas, they not only bring a great verve and excitement, bonding and getting together of local communities, but they bring people in to spend money and keep..

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  • Lucinda in the Kitchen at Rasam Indian Restaurant

    Lucinda in the Kitchen at Rasam Indian Restaurant

    04 July 2012

    Twitter followers will know that I spend a lot of down time in Indian restaurants loving the aromatic spices, herbs,and their wonderful way with vegetables.In fact, I guess I am almost the perfect candidate to have joined the group who took off to India

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - The Waterloo Bar & Grill

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - The Waterloo Bar & Grill

    29 June 2012

    I love Gastropubs of all sorts; provided that is that they live up to the ideal of the Gastropub, which is cracking restaurant style food in informal surroundings. The Waterloo Bar & Grill certainly meets those criteria with knobs on. The original Wate

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Randaddy's - Lahinch

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Randaddy's - Lahinch

    28 June 2012

    Isn’t Randaddy’s just the perfect name for a café restaurant in the home of Ireland’s surfing world? It’s so very Beach Boys, so perfect in every way to convey a light fun atmosphere but, as well as that, chef proprietor Randy Lewis also dishes up ..

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  • Pat Whelan Butchery Skills Demo at Avoca Monkstown

    Pat Whelan Butchery Skills Demo at Avoca Monkstown

    28 June 2012

    On Tuesday 10th July, renowned craft butcher Pat Whelan is holding an evening butchery demonstration class in Avoca Monkstown, where he'll show you how to use knives safely, butcher pork and beef and give you a new found confidence and understanding ...

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW - EASTERN VALUE EATERIES

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - EASTERN VALUE EATERIES

    26 June 2012

    There is a lot of good value to be had out there on the general eatery scene if you look around. I don’t mean the Internet ‘cheap deals’, which are often not that cheap in the end. The greater value, however, does tend to be in Dublin,a factor that isnt

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  • The Antique Gems on Francis Street

    The Antique Gems on Francis Street

    19 June 2012

    Lucinda O'Sullivan was heartened to discover talents of all sorts busily engaged in a thriving city antiques quarter

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  • Restaurant Review - Ard na Sidhe

    Restaurant Review - Ard na Sidhe

    19 June 2012

    Tucked away on a height, overlooking the glorious Caragh Lake in Co. Kerry, just outside Killorglin, lies one of the most beautiful houses, and most perfect of romantic and magical escapes, in the country. Set on 32 acres of spectacular garden

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  • A Magical Kingdom To Be Explored

    A Magical Kingdom To Be Explored

    12 June 2012

    Kerry is a place that is extraordinarily good for our souls. Sunshine or rain, it somehow doesn't matter, because we are always blown away by the.....

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  • Restaurant Review - The Weir

    Restaurant Review - The Weir

    12 June 2012

    God be with the days when the culinary experience in many hotels was universally described in one sweeping, dismissive, statement “hotel food.” It is a term that said it all - dreary ‘bad mammy’ food embellished with commercial gravy .....

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  • Accents - Anna Young's

    Accents - Anna Young's "Sober Pub"

    04 June 2012

    THERE are very few places in this country where you can just get a cup of coffee and a cake in the evenings. It's a poor state of affairs. Cafes tend to shut up shop anywhere between 4pm and 6pm, or alternatively they swing into restaurant mode. Option

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW - BRIOCHE CE SOIR

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - BRIOCHE CE SOIR

    04 June 2012

    Laissez faire was rampant during the CT years, nowhere more so than in the restaurant industry, with many chefs churning out anything they felt like in the name of 'contemporary' food at ridiculous prices.

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - The Greenhouse

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - The Greenhouse

    31 May 2012

    Long long ago the legendary Dick Whittington left his rural homestead for London, with his cat, to make his fortune and ended up becoming the City’s Lord Mayor. I don’t know whether Finnish chef Mikael Viljanen has a cat, or whether he wants to be Lord M

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  • Restaurant Review - Gastropub Grub

    Restaurant Review - Gastropub Grub

    29 May 2012

    I love gastropubs; their ethos is to offer restaurant-standard food in a casual atmosphere, as opposed to bog-standard pub grub. We were in a few places recently, starting off with lunch in the new hot, hip Black Sheep on Capel Street

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  • Restaurant Review - La Reserve - Ranelagh

    Restaurant Review - La Reserve - Ranelagh

    23 May 2012

    Ranelagh may well be over-run with eateries of varying standards, but the recent addition of La Reserve Brasserie in the center of the village raises the bar. I had noticed this little spot, which had “Soft Opening this week” chalked’ on its window..

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  • Gourmet Greenway

    Gourmet Greenway

    22 May 2012

    EVERY second person I meet tells me they have done, or are off to do the Camino -- the pilgrims' route in northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela. It seems to have captured people's imagination in a big way. Many people walk sections of it each year..

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  • Restaurant Review - Lucinda at BITE

    Restaurant Review - Lucinda at BITE

    14 May 2012

    Renowned Town Bar & Grill founder Ronan Ryan is back with Bite, a new fish, chips and cocktails venue, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, who found finger-licking good food, al fresco dining and friendly service

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  • World's 50 Best Restaurants 2012

    World's 50 Best Restaurants 2012

    07 May 2012

    The world's best restaurant awards have taken place in London. Panel judge Lucinda O'Sullivan reports The World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards 2012 took place last Monday night in the Guild Hall in London, following a lead-up hoopla to beat the band.

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  • Restaurant Review - A Brace of D6 Dining

    Restaurant Review - A Brace of D6 Dining

    07 May 2012

    We recently had two outings to Ranelagh’s big sister - Rathgar! Ranelagh is awash with restaurants so restaurateurs are moving outwards to the fresh fields and affluent red-bricked D6 roads of Rathgar. We had set forth on a Tuesday night to the new

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Red Earth

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Red Earth

    02 May 2012

    Red Earth is a new Lifestyle Store & Café which has added a new dimension to both shopping and eating in Mullingar. It is located in a former industrial building in Mullingar Business Park which is absolutely ideal for a day out shopping ‘til you drop

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  • Restaurant Review - The Greenhouse

    Restaurant Review - The Greenhouse

    23 April 2012

    Long, long ago the legendary Dick Whittington left his rural homestead for London, along with his cat, to make his fortune and ended up becoming the city's lord mayor.I don't know whether Finnish chef Mickael Viljanen has a cat, or whether he wants...

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  • Greystones - a Great Place for a Day Out

    Greystones - a Great Place for a Day Out

    19 April 2012

    Greystones has had a renaissance, with new and more established businesses staying afloat, says Lucinda O'Sullivan THE once sleepy Edwardian holiday town of Greystones, Co Wicklow, has seen a burgeoning of new businesses from fashion to food and wine..

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  • Restaurant Review - Street Food

    Restaurant Review - Street Food

    19 April 2012

    The passion for Asian Street Food rages away and there is no denying its satisfying and seductive attractions as new eateries open apace. Emmet Daly of Café Sol has entered the market with his new Neon Asian Street Food on Dublin’s Camden St....

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  • Breakfast Like a King

    Breakfast Like a King

    09 April 2012

    EASTER Sunday is the perfect day to indulge in a super- duper breakfast to fortify you for all that Easter egg hunting with the kids! "Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dine like a pauper" is sage advice.

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  • Restaurant Review - The Kitchen Restaurant Mount Falcon

    Restaurant Review - The Kitchen Restaurant Mount Falcon

    09 April 2012

    Irish produce and French heart combine at Mount Falcon to create a piece of 'Upstairs Downstairs' bliss, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, who revels in some of the country's finest food amid Gothic splendour

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Seven Social

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Seven Social

    05 April 2012

    There are people who just have the knack of creating a really good eatery and make it seem like it is no bother. They dish up really good food that has flavour and taste, is satisfying and filling, good and delicious. You know it involves a lot of hard

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW -  A BRACE OF CORK GOODIES

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - A BRACE OF CORK GOODIES

    03 April 2012

    The restaurant that undoubtedly made the overall biggest impact on the face of Cork dining is this year celebrating its 20th Anniversary in May.

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  • SPRING FOOD FESTIVALS

    SPRING FOOD FESTIVALS

    02 April 2012

    WE are facing into a spring / summer of more food festivals around the country than ever before. This is really fantastic for many reasons...

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Las Rada

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Las Rada

    30 March 2012

    If there is one thing that Jules and Joanne Bradbury know how to do really successfully it is to create a relaxed casual restaurant with great atmosphere that people feel they are part of and want to return to time and time again for their regular nights

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  • River Restaurant at Limerick Strand Hotel - Tasting Dinner

    River Restaurant at Limerick Strand Hotel - Tasting Dinner

    29 March 2012

    The River Restaurant at Limerick Strand Hotel and Nash Wines have teamed up for an exclusive dining experience showcasing local produce matched with amazing wines by Gregory Barbet from Loron et Fils in Beaujolais, France. All produce used will be source

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  • Restaurant Review - 777

    Restaurant Review - 777

    28 March 2012

    Some so-called hip eateries have a real attitude nowadays. Many of them have a list of conditions before they agree to accept my dosh, and it certainly never gets me off to a great start to be told, as I was when I went to book 777...

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat

    24 March 2012

    Isabel’s is a bijou in a bijoux less world these days. Tiny and classy, it is located in the basement that first housed Derry Clarke’s L’Ecrivain many years ago and also saw off the start of

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  • Restaurant Review - Bear

    Restaurant Review - Bear

    23 March 2012

    Restaurant review: Lucinda O'Sullivan is accused of being 'bizarre' after complaining to Joe Macken Restaurant trendsetter Joe Macken should spend less time tweeting and more time training his staff, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, who is accused of being 'biza

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat

    16 March 2012

    The Dining Room at La Stampa has had a number of celebrity chefs featuring there over the past few years,

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  • Dave's Pizzas

    Dave's Pizzas

    12 March 2012

    Dave's Wood-Fired Pizza Co will be a familiar sight to many who frequent the lunchtime food markets of Dublin. These are not the great big lumpy doughy pizzas that have been slammed of late as being one of the biggest sins of all when it comes to calori

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  • Restaurant Review - El Toro Bravo & The Black Cat

    Restaurant Review - El Toro Bravo & The Black Cat

    12 March 2012

    Antony Worrall Thompson hit the headlines recently for all the wrong reasons, a far cry from thirty years ago when he started Ménage a Trois, a restaurant serving only starters and desserts, which became a favourite eatery of the ménage a trois..

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat

    Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat

    12 March 2012

    We got married in St. Mullin’s, a tiny village in South Carlow, and spent the first night of our honeymoon in White’s Hotel in Wexford. That was in the old days, and the funniest part of the whole event was that the Bridesmaid got a double bed, the Best

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  • Niamh Browne knows the score when it comes to both people and hostel management, writes Lucinda O'Sullivan

    Niamh Browne knows the score when it comes to both people and hostel management, writes Lucinda O'Sullivan

    06 March 2012

    WITH a music teacher for a mother, music has been Niamh Browne's life since she was a child, and has been her saving grace in difficult and tragic....

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW - ISABEL'S

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - ISABEL'S

    06 March 2012

    She may have needed her trusty torch to make out what was on the menu at Isabel's, but, low lighting aside, Lucinda O'Sullivan was utterly charmed by this sparkling new treasure on Baggot Street

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  • Black Pig in Donnybrook

    Black Pig in Donnybrook

    27 February 2012

    I think we could safely say that from the start of the package holiday in the 1960’s holidays to Spain were best known for sun, sea, sand and sex! Food and fun to the tourist was limited in their mind to paella, Sangria, followed up with a good belt of..

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  • EDIBLE AT SCIENCE GALLERY TCD & MODERNIST CUISINE

    EDIBLE AT SCIENCE GALLERY TCD & MODERNIST CUISINE

    22 February 2012

    EDIBLE/MODERNIST CUISINE Did you know that in Ireland we consume on average over 400 grams per day of beer against the world average of around 80 grams per day. On the good side we apparently also consume over 200 grams per day of oranges against the

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  • Restaurant Review - Two Little Crackers

    Restaurant Review - Two Little Crackers

    22 February 2012

    I am writing this review on a Saturday evening, having failed to secure a table in a number of Dublin restaurants. Well, perhaps I could have had a table if I was prepared to play the two-sittings game -- 6pm or 9pm -- or sit in the upstairs function r

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  • Designing Women Are Jewels of the Downturn

    Designing Women Are Jewels of the Downturn

    13 February 2012

    FROM time immemorial jewellery has always had a fascination for people. It is the ultimate declaration of love, as we saw recently with the auction of Elizabeth Taylor's fabulous jewels, including the famous 33.19-carat diamond ri

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  • Restaurant Review - Pearl Brasserie

    Restaurant Review - Pearl Brasserie

    13 February 2012

    'How would you like to be, down by the Seine with me? Oh what I'd give for a moment or two, under the bridges of Paris with you." So goes the romantic song crooned by the sultry Eartha Kitt. We can't all be under the bridges of Paris at the drop of a hat

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  • Two Industrious Self Starters -A Soapmaker & Linen Producer

    Two Industrious Self Starters -A Soapmaker & Linen Producer

    06 February 2012

    I never cease to be in awe of the number of brilliant people who have the 'get up and go' to start their own business. As seen at the recent Showcase

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  • Restaurant Review - Cinnamon, Ranelagh

    Restaurant Review - Cinnamon, Ranelagh

    06 February 2012

    How difficult can it be to process an order for two starters and two main courses? It seemed all too much, says Lucinda O’Sullivan, for the staff at Cinnamon. A shame, as the food was good

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat - Trim Castle Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat - Trim Castle Hotel

    03 February 2012

    The lush wonderful lands of Co. Meath are aptly named the Royal County for they have attracted the great and the good down through the centuries including Empress Elizabeth of Austria, a noted beauty about whom the romantic movies ‘Sissi’ were made....

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  • Born of the Earth but Heavenly in Inspiration

    Born of the Earth but Heavenly in Inspiration

    31 January 2012

    Tony and Jackie Collins were not deterred in any way by the times we are in when they developed and opened their big new Red Earth Lifestyle....

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  • Restaurant Review - I Return to the China Sichuan

    Restaurant Review - I Return to the China Sichuan

    31 January 2012

    When you return to a place where you have previously had a bad experience and reported on it, there is an element of stepping into the dragon's den. You know that they are on edge when they see you, and I guess it is not a very comfortable experience a

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  • Restaurant Review - Pop Up Pyg

    Restaurant Review - Pop Up Pyg

    27 January 2012

    Sex and the City seemed alive and well at Pop Up Pyg in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre as I observed a pair of Carrie Bradshaw lookalikes engrossed in themselves and one or 10 cosmopolitans each. There was nothing for it but for Mary and I to enter i

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Brasserie Le Pont

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Brasserie Le Pont

    20 January 2012

    Brasserie Le Pont is a new restaurant tucked away in the large basement of a Georgian House on Fitzwilliam Place close to Leeson Street. Its entrance belies its size, and a lot of dosh has been spent converting it into a modern brasserie of the neutral

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Bedlam

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Bedlam

    19 January 2012

    Bedlam is the name of May Frisby’s fabulous ‘happening’ in Castle Market. I guess if I said her restaurant was bedlam she mightn’t be too happy but, as she has named it so herself, let me say it is organised buzzy bedlam with rather good food and a fun

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  • Restaurant Review - San Lorenzo's

    Restaurant Review - San Lorenzo's

    17 January 2012

    Temple Garner is the Godfather of New York style Modern Italian food! Having been originally at Il Primo, and the defunct Mermaid Café on Dame Street, Garner opened the New York style Modern Italian cuisine restaurant Town Bar

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  • MY NEW WHEAT FREE REGIME

    MY NEW WHEAT FREE REGIME

    16 January 2012

    A lot of people have expressed interest in my wheat free regime and what I am eating. I don’t call it a diet because I am eating plenty of other foods. There is no simple answer to giving up wheat – it’s a bit like an addiction and you just have to go ‘

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  • Restaurant Review - Salt@ Avoca - Monkstown

    Restaurant Review - Salt@ Avoca - Monkstown

    09 January 2012

    The much-awaited opening of Avoca's new Food Market and Cafe in Monkstown came to pass in time for Christmas, and had the denizens of the borough eagerly jostling for parking places in fear of Dun Laoghaire Corporation's dreaded team of parking wardens..

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  • MY NEW WHEAT FREE LIFE

    MY NEW WHEAT FREE LIFE

    09 January 2012

    Having tried all kinds of weight-loss regimes, Lucinda O'Sullivan found giving up her morning toast worked.

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Corfu Greek Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Corfu Greek Restaurant

    05 January 2012

    The sight of two olive trees and a perky canopy blowing in the wind tunnel that was Parliament Street, running up from the River Liffey to Dublin Castle, on a cold winter evening proved very attractive as we dashed in search of sustenance. It was early e

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat - Ard na Sidhe

    Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat - Ard na Sidhe

    03 January 2012

    One of the most intriguingly beautiful areas in Ireland is tucked away off the beaten track around Caragh Lake on the Ring of Kerry. Just south of Killorglin this magnificent lake is four miles long and surrounded by heather hills, forests, and exotic

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  • THE LUCINDAS 2011

    THE LUCINDAS 2011

    02 January 2012

    IT'S been a year of value menus and early birds, pop ups and pop offs, bloggers and blaggers. My annual awards are a reflection of a colourful dining year for all of us. So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Lucindas 2011!

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat

    30 December 2011

    When I head off for a few days break to a coastal location what I really want of a restaurant is a relaxed ambiance, no city stress or fuss, and I always look forward to some really nice seafood. Jack’s Coastguard Restaurant at the little fishing village

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  • CHECK OUT NEW YEAR OFFERS

    CHECK OUT NEW YEAR OFFERS

    28 December 2011

    There is so much shopping, preparation, cooking and partying in the lead up to and over Christmas, that I always feel the women of Ireland deserve a break immediately afterwards. This year, as New Year's Eve falls on a Saturday, you have the perfect excus

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - El Vino at The Elysian

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - El Vino at The Elysian

    21 December 2011

    In the final act of the romantic move Moulin Rouge, Toulouse-Lautrec shouts from the rooftops.....

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat - Limerick Strand Hotel

    Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat - Limerick Strand Hotel

    21 December 2011

    The Limerick Strand Hotel is a spanking new sleek hotel which was developed in 2007 on the site of the former Jury’s Hotel at O’Callaghan Strand in the vibrant heart of Limerick City. Some €50m went into the creation of this 7 storey ultra modern and...

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Amicus

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Amicus

    19 December 2011

    Being part-time residents of Kinsale, we often pop into Douglas in Cork en route from Dublin to do some shopping

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  • Roly's Bistro - a Dublin Institution

    Roly's Bistro - a Dublin Institution

    18 December 2011

    ON a recent busy Saturday, more by accident than design, we stopped off for lunch at Roly's Bistro in Ballsbridge in Dublin 4. Roly's is firmly entrenched in society as a real Dublin institution.... Sitting surrounded by families, f

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Tuscany Bistro

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Tuscany Bistro

    16 December 2011

    we all love Italian food, I think that's pretty well a given, but when it is really good Italian food, that is even better.

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  • KILKENNY PEOPLE

    KILKENNY PEOPLE

    13 December 2011

    Small shops and businesses throughout the country are our lifeblood, and one cannot emphasise enough how important they are in our society and to our future. People who have the get-up-and-go to set up a business, working for themselves, are the people wh

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  • DEPARTMENT STORE SHOPPING LUNCHES

    DEPARTMENT STORE SHOPPING LUNCHES

    13 December 2011

    It's that time of year again when family memories are set in stone. The Big City visit is still de rigueur for many -- it's so much more exciting than sitting at a computer, buying online, with none of the crowds, excited children, or that wonderful feel

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  • Magpie Inn, The

    Magpie Inn, The

    08 December 2011

    Gastropubs are judged now by diners as severely as restaurants so the grub has to be wholesome and cooked with a certain flair, unlike the old pub grub world of meat and two veg.

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat - Landmark Hotel & Boardwalk Cafe

    Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat - Landmark Hotel & Boardwalk Cafe

    07 December 2011

    The Landmark Hotel is more than aptly named for it is a truly fine landmark not only in Carrick-on-Shannon itself, but in the general region as it has achieved a huge reputation for consistent hospitality, comfort, style, service and good food. Carrick-

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  • Restaurant Review - The Dining Room at La Stampa

    Restaurant Review - The Dining Room at La Stampa

    06 December 2011

    You would be forgiven for thinking that The Dining Room at La Stampa is beginning to sound like a pop-up restaurant. Jean Christophe Novelli pops up, Paul Flynn pops up, Conrad Gallagher pops up. All popped off -- and the latest pop-up is Ronan Ryan, pic

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  • Christmas Markets

    Christmas Markets

    06 December 2011

    We now have an amazing range of Christmas markets all over the country. These homegrown markets give a lot of people in the food or crafts business the opportunity to raise some extra money this Christmas. Whether it is food or gifts...

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - The Chop House

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - The Chop House

    01 December 2011

    Kevin Arundel has created his own mix of France and a Chelsea Gastropub at his Chop House at a D4 crossroads that his become a very hip place to wine and dine. He has an undoubted eye for the latest trend. Originally a chef at the Michelin starred resta

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Isaac's Restaurant

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Isaac's Restaurant

    30 November 2011

    Every City in the world has a restaurant that personifies its people, a buzzy busy brasserie that is the destination for birthdays, conferrings, family celebrations, or just a good night out with good friends. In Paris it might be La Coupole, in London

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  • Restaurant Review - GOOD COOKING

    Restaurant Review - GOOD COOKING

    29 November 2011

    Some of our restaurants lost out on the awards front recently, while others go from strength to strength, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, who revisits two worthy winners and remains well pleased

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat - Absolute Hotel Limerick

    Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat - Absolute Hotel Limerick

    29 November 2011

    Limerick is a great City which has come on in leaps and bounds in the area of food and sleek accommodation over the past four or five years making it an even more desirable destination to visit. One of the fabulous additions over this period has been...

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW - CORFU

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - CORFU

    24 November 2011

    Not everything coming out of Greece these days is a total disaster, says Lucinda O’Sullivan. Their economy may be on the skids, but Corfu restaurant is one export we’re more than happy to see here

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  • Lucinda talks to Sunil Ghai of Ananda

    Lucinda talks to Sunil Ghai of Ananda

    23 November 2011

    Public get a taste for fine Indian dining The Irish are beginning to appreciate true Indian cuisine, Sunil Ghai tells

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat - Keenan's of Tarmonbarry

    Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat - Keenan's of Tarmonbarry

    17 November 2011

    Luckily you don’t have to be a ‘ Toad of Toad Hall’ mucking around on the river to enjoy Keenan’s of Tarmonbarry. Certainly my better half was never good on the waterways and regales us regularly about how he and six of his mates, in their single days, u

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat - Dunloe Castle

    Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat - Dunloe Castle

    16 November 2011

    There are more hotels in Killarney than in any other town in the country, and some fabulous hotels at that. Top of the range on all fronts from comfort, luxury, friendliness, and liveability, not forgetting superb food, is the 5 Star Hotel Dunloe Castle.

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Heat - The Castle Hotel Macroom

    Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Heat - The Castle Hotel Macroom

    16 November 2011

    I have a great regard and love for family run hotels that have been of service to their community and area for generations. We see so much of this Abroad in France and Italy but we have just as many wonderful such establishments here in Ireland.

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  • Slaney Country Market

    Slaney Country Market

    14 November 2011

    Every Saturday morning in the heart Bunclody a group of dedicated ladies gather to sell their food and artistic produce at the Slaney Country Market. Bunclody is a very pictueresque town in itself, in North County Wexford on the Co. Carlow border.

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  • Restaurant Review - The Magpie Inn

    Restaurant Review - The Magpie Inn

    14 November 2011

    Ever more we are veering towards the casual relaxed value dining ethos with good Tapas, Italian, and Gastropubs all flying. We have always wanted to dine like our Continental neighbours on a regular basis on reasonably priced simple food and

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Aniar

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Aniar

    07 November 2011

    We can expect to see mini ‘Noma’s’ popping up worldwide faster than High Street copies of Catwalk designs over the next couple of years. Rene Redzepi’s Noma Restaurant in Copenhagen, voted the San Pellegrino World’s No. 1 Restaurant for 2010 and 2011, h

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat

    Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat

    04 November 2011

    The Harlequin Hotel is a modern boutique hotel in Castlebar which is furnished in boutique style with chandeliers, plush buttonbacked feature chairs and sofas, lovely Venetian mirrors, beautiful throws, funky details, all of which are uplifting and bright

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  • GREAT PLACES TO STAY IN LONDON

    GREAT PLACES TO STAY IN LONDON

    04 November 2011

    Had a great visit to London where shopped til we dropped, had fab food, and checked out a couple of great hotels...

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat

    Our Latest Great Place to Stay & Eat

    03 November 2011

    Le tout Irlande was mesmerised in 1969 when the late General and Mme de Gaulle came on a two week visit to Ireland. The paparazzi of the day ducked in and out trying to get black and white pictures of this legendary tall tall man relaxing in Connemara.

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  • Ode to Italy - Eileen Dunne & Stefano Crescenzi

    Ode to Italy - Eileen Dunne & Stefano Crescenzi

    31 October 2011

    Sunday October 30 2011 'IF IT'S for you, it won't pass you by" is an old saying that certainly seems to have been the case with Eileen Dunne, and Stefano Crescenzi, who not only met and fell in love in a somewhat roundabout way but who revolutionised t

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  • Restaurant Review - Oriental Cafe

    Restaurant Review - Oriental Cafe

    31 October 2011

    Tabletalk We were almost elated sitting down in the new Oriental Café by the Yamamori restaurant owners in the former Bewley’s Oriental Café premises in South Great George’s Street. Here at last it seemed was the perfect, nay obvious, match for this

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  • Restaurant Review - Weafer & Cooper

    Restaurant Review - Weafer & Cooper

    27 October 2011

    Glasthule Village in South County Dublin has had a real awakening with the arrival of Weafer & Cooper, an all day modern Italian style eatery, very much along the lines of Jamie Oliver’s ‘Jamie’s Italian’ neighbourhood restaurants which are opening apace

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  • CHECK OUT HALLOWEEN & MID TERM BREAKS

    CHECK OUT HALLOWEEN & MID TERM BREAKS

    27 October 2011

    Halloween Breaks 2011 With Halloween and the Midterm Break approaching the evenings are closing in fast but it is still a time of year that gives us bright crisp days with golden autumnal leaves and is, as our American cousins say, perfect for a‘Fall..

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - The Spires & Thomas Moore Tavern

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - The Spires & Thomas Moore Tavern

    21 October 2011

    Extravaganza is certainly not dead in Wexford if The Spires restaurant is anything to go by. All it needed was Joan Collins to waft through the doors in a cloud of big hair, shoulder pads, furs, and Dynasty jewels, and take up residence in the button back

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  • 3 MEN AND A BOTTLE OF SPIRITS

    3 MEN AND A BOTTLE OF SPIRITS

    20 October 2011

    JUST what is it about men in threes? Down through the centuries, we've had the Three Musketeers, Three Men in a Boat, Three Men in a Tub, Three Men And a Baby... And continuing that tradition, right here in Ireland, in the pretty...

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  • RESTAURANT - REVIEW - GUINNESS STOREHOUSE

    RESTAURANT - REVIEW - GUINNESS STOREHOUSE

    20 October 2011

    Tabletalk “I’ve just got off a plane this morning and headed to the Guiness Storehouse otherwise my friends back in New York would never speak to me again.”So said a young scientist here for a three day conference in Trinity College as he supped his pi

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW - THE SPIRES, WEXFORD.

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - THE SPIRES, WEXFORD.

    12 October 2011

    Extravaganza is certainly not dead in Wexford if The Spires restaurant is anything to go by. All it needed was Joan Collins to waft through the doors in a cloud of big hair, shoulder pads, furs, and Dynasty jewels, and take up residence...

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  • 35 Years of Kinsale Gourmet Festival

    35 Years of Kinsale Gourmet Festival

    11 October 2011

    Today sees the culmination of the 35th Kinsale Gourmet Festival -- an idea that was started out way back in 1976 by a group of enterprising restaurateurs and hoteliers and which has become one of the longest running food festivals in the country

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  • Ireland's Cafe Culture

    Ireland's Cafe Culture

    11 October 2011

    Cafes and bakeries have been doing very well in these times, especially those combined with bakeries because people find the alluring aroma of freshly baked breads and cakes irresistible. We have a very special relationship with the cafes...

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  • MICHELIN STARS & BIBS 2012

    MICHELIN STARS & BIBS 2012

    06 October 2011

    Here is the list of Michelin Star Holders for 2012 - no change on 2011. Michelin Bibs has one new addition and two who have lost their Bibs! Picture shown was at The Box Tree!

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW - WHITEFRIAR GRILL

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - WHITEFRIAR GRILL

    04 October 2011

    Despite the recession, restaurants are opening apace and you have to commend people for their enterprise. Indeed, it seems the heat had barely left the kitchen at Conrad Gallagher’s former Salon des Saveurs premises on Aungier Street, than a new boy was

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Gourmet Food Parlour Malahide

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Gourmet Food Parlour Malahide

    04 October 2011

    Lorraine Heskin and Lorraine Byrne are two young ladies with a passion for delicious food of which they have an extraordinary knowledge. They opened their first Gourmet Food Parlour on Cumberland Street in Dun Laoire, not far from where I live in 2006.

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  • Cakes, Horses, and Photography

    Cakes, Horses, and Photography

    20 September 2011

    Best friends Sinead Ni Riain and Jacqueline Lanigan Ryan have more than their surname in common. Both were brought up as only girls in families with five and six brothers respectively, and both work using their artistic talents and sensory skills.

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW - CAMPAGNE KILKENNY, VM LONGFORD

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - CAMPAGNE KILKENNY, VM LONGFORD

    20 September 2011

    Tabletalk I have always loved watching how the French do Sunday lunch. It is sacrosanct. Extended family and friends of all ages sit around just doing what was intended for the Seventh Day - resting and renewing themselves. Sunday lunch is a great...

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  • ORGANIC WEEK SEPTEMBER 2011

    ORGANIC WEEK SEPTEMBER 2011

    13 September 2011

    Shane McEntee, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for Food, Horticulture & Food Safety and Eileen Bentley from Bord Bia (right) presented Kitty Colchester from Second Nature Oils in Kilkenny (ce

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  • MONKSTOWN - THE REVIVAL OF THE CRESCENT

    MONKSTOWN - THE REVIVAL OF THE CRESCENT

    13 September 2011

    People not living in Dublin tend generally to think of the City as one big urban sprawl whereas, in fact, the heart and soul of our Fair City are the various villages which comprise Dublin and Co. Dublin. I think of places like Glasnevin, Finglas, Howth,

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  • Restaurant Review - Aniar and Kai - Galway

    Restaurant Review - Aniar and Kai - Galway

    13 September 2011

    We can expect to see mini ‘Noma’s’ popping up worldwide faster than High Street copies of Catwalk designs! Rene Redzepi’s Noma Restaurant in Copenhagen, voted the San Pellegrino World’s No. 1 Restaurant for 2010 and 2011, has dazzled chefs as no other....

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  • DATE FOR YOUR DIARY - 10TH SEPTEMBER 2011

    DATE FOR YOUR DIARY - 10TH SEPTEMBER 2011

    06 September 2011

    Here is the perfect opportunity for a break in wonderful East Cork. Next Saturday 10th September sees Midleton hold its Food Fair.....

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  • UPCYCLING IS THE NEW DECORATIVE THEME

    UPCYCLING IS THE NEW DECORATIVE THEME

    05 September 2011

    WHEN Nawel Kouadri and Al Birbeck met doing an interior design diploma course at the Senior College in Dun Laoghaire, they became not only firm friends but business partners too.

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW - GREGAN'S CASTLE

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - GREGAN'S CASTLE

    05 September 2011

    'I'm holding out for two nights and if I don't get them, then I'll take one night," said the man on the other end of the phone at Gregans Castle, Co Clare, as I tried to book a double room with dinner for the recent bank holiday Saturday night.

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Black 'n' Blue Grill

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Black 'n' Blue Grill

    01 September 2011

    Names can sometimes lead you off course but in this case I have to say I was even more pleasantly surprised. Expecting the new Black ‘n’ Blue Grill in Wicklow town to be serving a typical modern grill menu of ginormous steaks, prawn cocktails, and so on,

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  • Restaurant Review - The Herring Gull & Foley's Gastropub

    Restaurant Review - The Herring Gull & Foley's Gastropub

    30 August 2011

    “No problem, I’ll change it for you” should surely have been “sorry, I’ll change it for you” from the lady in charge in the new Herring Gull Restaurant in Ballycotton, on my pointing out lipstick on a wine glass. Equally mystifying was her whipping away

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  • Lucinda's Last Rose of Summer Tour of Kerry & West Cork

    Lucinda's Last Rose of Summer Tour of Kerry & West Cork

    30 August 2011

    Each year, for many years past, I have taken myself on what I call my own ‘Last Rose of Summer’ trip driving from Killarney, through Moll’s Gap to Kenmare, and on over through the tunnels and unparelled mountainous vistas over hill and bay that lead you..

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - The Vanilla Pod

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - The Vanilla Pod

    25 August 2011

    Eggs Benedict is one of my favourite breakfast treats and nobody knows this better than Kate O’Sullivan, Derek Breen and Veronica Muresan! How do they know this you might well ask? Well Kate, Derek and Veronica were all in the Brown Thomas Café where I

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW - MEXICAN EATERIES

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - MEXICAN EATERIES

    22 August 2011

    Jonathan Ross devoted the opening chapter of his book “Why Do I Say These Things” to the ‘joys’ of Mexican food he experienced on a trip ‘South of the Border…’. As you might imagine, Mr Ross pulled no punches and in his inimitable way was fully descript

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  • FOOD FESTIVALS AUTUMN 2011

    FOOD FESTIVALS AUTUMN 2011

    22 August 2011

    We are winding down in August from what one might euphemistically have referred to as High Summer ever so gently into Autumn. People are getting kids organised for school and college but, for the culinary community and many towns around the country, this

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Bar One

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Bar One

    19 August 2011

    Mark and Alan Cadden are not newbies when it comes to the game of food for they were brought up in the industry whilst their parents owned the well known Asgard Pub in Westport. Their brother also went into the food industry and owns the very popular Sab

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  • WHERE TO FIND DUBLIN'S BEST STREET FOOD

    WHERE TO FIND DUBLIN'S BEST STREET FOOD

    18 August 2011

    Want to sample food cooked by a chef who worked for the top London Moroccan restaurant ‘Moro’ or authentic dishes from Korea? Look no further than the Food Markets of Dublin where nowadays you will find a huge range of delicious street food from all over

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  • MEET YANNICK & LOUISE FROM THE WORLD'S NO 1 RESTAURANT - NOMA IN COPENHAGEN

    MEET YANNICK & LOUISE FROM THE WORLD'S NO 1 RESTAURANT - NOMA IN COPENHAGEN

    16 August 2011

    Between them you might say that Yannick Van Aeken and Louise Bannon have captured two of the most sought after jobs in the culinary world. Yannick Van Aeken is Sous Chef at the charasmatic Rene Redzepi’s Noma Restaurant in Copenhagen whilst Louise Bannon

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW - BEDLAM

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - BEDLAM

    16 August 2011

    Is there bedlam at Bedlam - May Frisby's new restaurant in Castle Market, Dublin? Find Out...

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  • SCULPTOR NIALL HARKIN EXHIBITION IN THOMASTOWN KAW 2011

    SCULPTOR NIALL HARKIN EXHIBITION IN THOMASTOWN KAW 2011

    09 August 2011

    “I gave myself five years from the date of my retirement to have my own one man show devoted to sculpture, and in this ambition I have succeeded” says artist and sculptor Niall Harkin. Niall’s solo exhibition “Votive Offerings”....

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Fallon & Byrne

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Fallon & Byrne

    05 August 2011

    It takes real guts and endeavour to set up a business the size and proportion of Fallon & Byrne. Paul Byrne and his wife, the former journalist Fiona McHugh, took an enormous leap of faith when, in 2006, they took over the massive old Art Deco style Tele

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  • TAKE TWO GIRLS

    TAKE TWO GIRLS

    02 August 2011

    Although they didn’t meet until College in Limerick when they were 17, Lorraine Heskin and Lorraine Byrne not only share the same Christian names, both are from the West of Ireland, with Lorraine Heskin’s dad having come from Lorraine Byrne’s home village

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  • Markree Castle support Trocaire

    Markree Castle support Trocaire

    02 August 2011

    For the first week in August Markree Castle is donating €3 for every booking made to Trocaire's East Africa Emergency Appeal . Up to 13 million people are in need of life-saving food and

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  • Restaurant Review - The Hen House

    Restaurant Review - The Hen House

    02 August 2011

    We have all been getting back to basics in Ireland, no where more so than restaurants where the trend is towards the casual, so the new Hen House restaurant at The Pavilions in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, has you chowing down all American style folksey.

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  • 'Relax Me Breaks'

    'Relax Me Breaks'

    25 July 2011

    Travelling around the country quite a lot, as I do, I am seeing that the times we are in has brought about a huge level of innovation and co-operation between people, which was perhaps a quality that was missing in us during those unreal Celtic Tiger Year

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  • Restaurant Review - Lunch French, Italian and Irish style

    Restaurant Review - Lunch French, Italian and Irish style

    25 July 2011

    Tabletalk “It’s very cold in Perpignan”, said the friendly young French waiter – it was cold here too but I was so delighted to spot Marseillaise anchoiade on the menu, I smiled blissfully back. Surrounded by wine racks in the perfect oasis that is t

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  • The Silk Road

    The Silk Road

    19 July 2011

    There is more than a touch of drama at Judith O’Sullivan’s stunning Atelier ‘Roisin Cross Silks’ for not only have they supplied the silks for the magnificent costumes of ‘Henry V111’ himself, as played by sexy Jonathan Rhys Myers, and th

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  • Restaurant Review - Long Room at Doonbeg

    Restaurant Review - Long Room at Doonbeg

    19 July 2011

    Approaching through the Atlantic mist and haze of the mystical wild beauty of West Clare, the cluster of houses and main building that comprise The Lodge at Doonbeg Golf Club appeared shimmering and inviting like the mythical village of Brigadoon. This

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  • FOOD TOURISM

    FOOD TOURISM

    13 July 2011

    Food Tourism The importance of Food Tourism cannot be emphasised quite enough. It is a huge market which has not been recognised sufficiently in the past in promoting Ireland as a food destination. It only recently that there is even a vague nod to th

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW - FIRST FLOOR - HARVEY NICHOLS

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - FIRST FLOOR - HARVEY NICHOLS

    13 July 2011

    Just as I made a reprise visit to the First Floor Restaurant at Harvey Nichols, it was announced that we are in for a revival of TV’s ‘Absolutely Fabulous’. It seems a lifetime ago since Patsy and Edina flaunted themselves around London, Bolly Stolly i

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Green Barn Bistro

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Green Barn Bistro

    13 July 2011

    The Green Barn Café Bistro is in a lovely building which always reminds somehow or other of the R.D.S. at Simmonscourt with its equestrian style weathervane and perfectly maintained pretty grounds where you can also sit outside, weather permitting, and ha

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  • SURFING AND FOOD IN COUNTY CLARE

    SURFING AND FOOD IN COUNTY CLARE

    06 July 2011

    Lisdoonvarna is not just for matchmaking, surfing and taking the waters, for nowadays you can also eat rather well, as we discovered on a recent visit to the area for the Burren Slow Food Festival. They weren’t blessed with the weather on the day, which

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW - THE DINING ROOM BY CONRAD GALLAGHER

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - THE DINING ROOM BY CONRAD GALLAGHER

    06 July 2011

    A business alliance is like a marriage, and every bit as painful when it comes to the divorce! I think it can be said that the proponents in the latest cullinary alliance, ‘Head Chef’ Conrad Gallagher, and Louis Murray, at The Dining Room at La Stampa...

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  • Restaurant Review - Jamie's Italian

    Restaurant Review - Jamie's Italian

    27 June 2011

    Cheryl Cole was not the only one returning from the U.S.A. with a flea in her ear for Jamie Oliver has also had his ‘cough softened’ by the Yanks! But then I guess it’s somewhat of a mammoth task for a Brit to land on the shores of the most powerful nati

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  • 'The Restaurant' at The Wineport - John Healy Special Event

    'The Restaurant' at The Wineport - John Healy Special Event

    22 June 2011

    A crowd of 150 foodies and John Healy fans gathered on Mid Summer night for a special fundraising and awareness night at the fabulous Wineport at Glasson....

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  • BERNADETTE CROWE'S BAKERY IN SIXMILEBRIDGE

    BERNADETTE CROWE'S BAKERY IN SIXMILEBRIDGE

    20 June 2011

    I could see that none of the cakes I bought in were as nice as those I could make myself. I always had a flair for baking - big apple tarts, brown wholemeal bread - that’s what we were reared on as a lot of people are – soups and stews, bacon an

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  • PRINCESS DAISY AT BUNRATTY CASTLE & FOLK PARK

    PRINCESS DAISY AT BUNRATTY CASTLE & FOLK PARK

    20 June 2011

    Having departed the good folks of Sixmilebridge we headed to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, which I had not visited for many many years and it, was a great experience. Bunratty Castle was built in 1425 and was home to the Earls of Thomond. In 1646 it was

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  • MEET A REAL BEAN AN TI AT BUNRATTY

    MEET A REAL BEAN AN TI AT BUNRATTY

    20 June 2011

    This is the brilliant Eileen Clancy who is Bean an Ti at the Golden Vale House at Bunratty Folk Park, who is not only brilliantly entertaining...

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW - GORDON RAMSAY AT RITZ-CARLTON

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - GORDON RAMSAY AT RITZ-CARLTON

    20 June 2011

    Ramsay was merrily chopping slices off some poor bull’s penis, bound for a soup, attributing each ‘chop’ to English food critics....

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  • TOTALLY TIPPERARY FOOD FESTIVAL NEXT SATURDAY 25TH

    TOTALLY TIPPERARY FOOD FESTIVAL NEXT SATURDAY 25TH

    19 June 2011

    Give yourself a great break and a great foodie weekend with the good food producers of Tipperary this coming Saturday at Cloughjordan.

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Lyons Cafe

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Lyons Cafe

    17 June 2011

    Sligo is a very busy town traffic wise and if you are not in the know when it comes to where to head for that really delicious bite to eat, or coffee and scone, after you have visited Yeat’s grave, or just been simply shopping, well let me tell you, Lyons

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  • FEAR OF FLYING

    FEAR OF FLYING

    13 June 2011

    Your stomach turns over, your palms sweat, you don’t hear what anyone is saying, you are convinced you have just signed your own death warrant, and that is only when you book your airline ticket! Does that sound familiar to you? I talk of course about

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW - BRASSERIE LE PONT

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - BRASSERIE LE PONT

    13 June 2011

    Brasserie Le Pont is a new restaurant owned by one Michael Kelly and is part of the Fitzwilliam Hall Business Centre. Tucked away in the large basement of a Georgian House on Fitzwilliam Place close to Leeson Street, its entrance belies its size, and it

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Crazy Crab

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Crazy Crab

    03 June 2011

    ‘Tis not very often you leave a restaurant awarding it in your own mind 2 Badges of Distinction-Best Seafood platter in Ireland and Best Value seafood in Ireland. This is how we felt having left the new Crazy Crab Seafood Bistro and Café at Kilmore Quay

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  • "WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR..."

    01 June 2011

    What child and adult does not have magical dreams and memories, a desire to live in the fantasy world of the Disneyland Castle where dreams come true, where frogs turn into Princes, where Cinderella arrives to the ball wearing glass slippers, where Snow W

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW - MULBERRY GARDEN

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - MULBERRY GARDEN

    01 June 2011

    In an episode of the TV Show ‘Frasier’, the irrepressible Crane brothers have a stab at opening a restaurant where, midst first night high jinks, the mythical food critic, Gil Chesterton, arrives blathering “I don’t usually review on first nigh

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  • 'The Restaurant' at The Wineport - John Healy Special Event

    'The Restaurant' at The Wineport - John Healy Special Event

    27 May 2011

    Ray Byrne, Jane English and the team at Wineport Lodge are throwing the bash of the year this June to assist their colleague and friend - the loveable Maitre D’- John Healy of RTE’s ‘The Restaurant’ who is seriously ill and requires a heart transplant.

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  • Rasam Indian Restaurant wins Best Ethnic Restaurant 2011

    Rasam Indian Restaurant wins Best Ethnic Restaurant 2011

    26 May 2011

    For the second year running Nisheeth Tak's Rasam Indian Restaurant has won Best Ethnic Restaurant at the RAI/Sunday Independent Life Magazine Awards.

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  • Chapter One proves invincible

    Chapter One proves invincible

    26 May 2011

    Chapter One is to Irish Restaurants what Rafa Nadal is to the tennis courts of the world - invincible! Ross Lewis and his team have done it again with Chapter One winning Best Restaurant 2011. Well done guys!

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  • SOS - SAVE OUR SHOPS

    SOS - SAVE OUR SHOPS

    25 May 2011

    British Prime Minister David Cameron has taken the unprecedented step of appointing a retail expert, 'Queen of Shops' Mary Portas, to save the British high street. Ireland has a host a retailers and business people who could do a similar job for the mo

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  • WE NEED ACTION TO SAVE OUR HIGH STREET SHOPS

    WE NEED ACTION TO SAVE OUR HIGH STREET SHOPS

    25 May 2011

    Just as Mary 'Queen of Shops' Portas has been roped in to help the British government revive the flagging high streets and bring a bustle back to town centres, so too some Bridget Banrion of Boutiques is needed here to put a rocket under local authorities

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  • Restaurant Review - Pygmalion Restaurant at Parknasilla Resort

    Restaurant Review - Pygmalion Restaurant at Parknasilla Resort

    25 May 2011

    Parknasilla Resort on the Ring of Kerry has long been one of the jewels in the crown of Irish Tourism. Built in the mid 18thC on a sub-tropical 500 acre estate, overlooking an inlet of the Kenmare River, with the Gulf Stream nibbling at its toes, it has

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW - CODA

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - CODA

    18 May 2011

    Arriving for dinner with Houston based Paul, who spends his life flying from New York to Naples,Peking to Paris,Seoul to Sydney,he felt quite at home striding through the vast Hemidemisemiquaver Bar and on to the section that is Coda Eatery.“Good Airport"

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  • Burren Slow Food Festival This Weekend

    Burren Slow Food Festival This Weekend

    18 May 2011

    There will be lots of fun and activity at this weekends Burren Slow Food Festival in Clare. Check it Out.

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  • Mervyn Stewart & Her Majesty

    Mervyn Stewart & Her Majesty

    10 May 2011

    Having ‘Met the Middletons’ in all their glory in recent weeks, and with the Queen coming to grips with new additions to the family tree, it occurred to me that she might care to meet her long lost cousins, the Stewarts, when she comes to Ireland...

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  • Restaurant Review - Downstairs

    Restaurant Review - Downstairs

    10 May 2011

    ‘Downstairs’ is a new restaurant at Gilbert & Wright in Clontarf on sea, located where the old Hollybrook Hotel once stood. Gilbert & Wright have hip ‘1970’s style bars also in Malahide, Swords, and Dun Laoghaire. ‘Downstairs’, as you may gather, is a sub

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  • San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants

    San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants

    04 May 2011

    Last week saw the announcement of the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2011. What is quite extraordinary is not the fact that Rene Redzepi’s ‘Noma’, the much lauded restaurant in Copenhagen, has been voted No. 1 Restaurant in the World for the

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW - ELECTRIC

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - ELECTRIC

    04 May 2011

    I guess it’s quite some time since a restaurant of size and import has opened in the centre of Cork, and on The Mall to boot. In recent times the focus for such openings had centered on Lapps Quay, with The Boardwalk Bar & Grill and Augustine’s joining t

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  • Restaurant Review - Global Village

    Restaurant Review - Global Village

    27 April 2011

    Hopefully all of you on this Easter are basking somewhere nice around the country. Basking leads me to Fungi’s home territory of Dingle and the Global Village Restaurant whose chef patron, Martin Bealin, along with his wife Nuala Cassidy, is also very mu

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  • Meet Kanturk's Foodie & Business People

    Meet Kanturk's Foodie & Business People

    27 April 2011

    One of the longest standing businesses and best known characters in the town is Jack McCarthy of the eponymous McCarthy’s Butchers. Jack is a very pro-active artisan food producer, and a great public relations man for Kanturk. He is the fifth generation

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  • Lucinda as Guest Critic on RTE's The Restaurant TV Show

    Lucinda as Guest Critic on RTE's The Restaurant TV Show

    11 April 2011

    See how Lucinda and the other critics found Ian Dempsey's food on The Restaurant

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  • Restaurant Review - The French Table

    Restaurant Review - The French Table

    11 April 2011

    It’s a case of the two ‘Fs’ this week in two parts of the country – lunch in both The French Table in Limerick and The Fatted Calf in Athlone. Taking time for a proper lunch is a very civilized thing which unfortunately many of us do not have time to do

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - The Rising Tide

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - The Rising Tide

    05 April 2011

    As a part time resident of Kinsale and a regular visitor to East Cork I guess you could say we are always on the whirl around looking for different places to eat in both areas. Nowadays too we really like to dine in a more informal fashion than years ago

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  • Galway Store to open in Dundrum Town Centre

    Galway Store to open in Dundrum Town Centre

    04 April 2011

    “This building was supposed to be occupied by Solicitors and Accountants but, when that fell through, we turned it into retail”, said Annette Curley of Home Gallery at Newtownsmith, Galway.

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Brasserie One at 1 Pery Square

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Brasserie One at 1 Pery Square

    31 March 2011

    Take one great Georgian Quarter, a great Georgian House, a lady with a great eye for style, detail and elegance, and you have No. 1 Pery Square, undoubtedly one of the coolest destinations in the country. Patricia Roberts recognised the potential of th

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Mulberrys

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Mulberrys

    29 March 2011

    I have always maintained that if you do good honest seafood without mucking it around too much, a restaurant will always do well for people love it. Add to that the other most popular cuisine, a taste of Italy that is, and you are really on a winner. Ad

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - O'Connells in Donnybrook

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - O'Connells in Donnybrook

    29 March 2011

    The well known restaurateur, Tom O’Connell, who was previously in Ballsbridge, came up with a fantastic location for his new restaurant O’Connells in Donnybrook – in the former Madigan’s pub on Morehampton Road and corner of Belmont Avenue. Madigan’s was

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  • Galway Artisan Producers at the G Hotel

    Galway Artisan Producers at the G Hotel

    28 March 2011

    We used all hear of the old Wartime spirit in the U.K. and how everyone pulled together, we may not be in that type of war but in our economic war we are seeing this happen here too, people are not as pushy or dismissive of your business as they were in t

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  • Restaurant Review - Matt The Threshers Dublin

    Restaurant Review - Matt The Threshers Dublin

    28 March 2011

    We were impressed walking into the smart new D2 version of the Tipperary based Matt The Thresher’s eating and drinking emporium, in what was the former Pembroke Pub on Lower Pembroke Street. Billed as a Seafood Bar & Grill, MTTD2 is urban chic gastropub

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Gilbert's Restaurant & Townhouse

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Gilbert's Restaurant & Townhouse

    28 March 2011

    On a recent visit to East Cork we headed for Gilbert’s Restaurant & Townhouse in Cobh. Now, Cobh is a really beautiful little town, with its neo Gothic Pugin Cathedral, and poignant nautical history. What it has lacked, until now, has been a decent res

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  • OUR LATEST GREAT PLACE TO EAT - CAFE NOIR

    OUR LATEST GREAT PLACE TO EAT - CAFE NOIR

    23 March 2011

    In a short three years Pat O’Sullivan has created one of the most dynamic Café restaurant chains in Limerick and happily intends expanding far and wide. Pat O’Sullivan is no newcomer to the food industry so he really knows what he is about and what his cu

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  • The Many Colours of Adare

    The Many Colours of Adare

    21 March 2011

    The village of Adare in Co. Limerick with its extraordinarily picture postcard pretty thatched roofs has long been a destination for tourists and home visitors alike. At the heart of Adare is a very hard working and enterprising business community who..

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  • The Foodie Folk of Cabinteely Village

    The Foodie Folk of Cabinteely Village

    14 March 2011

    People sometimes forget, in the great urban sprawl that is the Dublin of nowadays, that at the heart of many suburban areas are the old villages that once made up the very distinctive villages on the outskirts of Dublin. I think of places like Raheny..

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - City Bar & Grill

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - City Bar & Grill

    10 March 2011

    There are lots of restaurants in Kilkenny but the food in the Hibernian's City Bar & Grill is considered by many to be one of the best around. You can expect maybe to feast on delicious seafood chowder to start or sauteed Dublin Bay prawns in garlic oil w

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - The West End House

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - The West End House

    08 March 2011

    Sandra and Peter Dunlea are a charming couple who have a particular gift for creating atmosphere, nostalgia, and style, in each of their restaurants. They are behind the fabulous Miss Courtney’s Tearooms in the centre of Killarney

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  • RESTAURANT REVIEW - CAFEBAR H - PORT HOUSE DUNDRUM -TAPAS TAPAS

    RESTAURANT REVIEW - CAFEBAR H - PORT HOUSE DUNDRUM -TAPAS TAPAS

    01 March 2011

    February is the month of the Seville Tapas Festival but, whatever about that, Ole! Ole! Ole! was alive and well in Dublin when we arrived on a Friday evening to the new Cafébar H at Grand Canal Plaza. The place was heaving with 20-somethings – mainly gir

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - No 35 Kenmare

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - No 35 Kenmare

    01 March 2011

    Kenmare has a really special place in tourism in Ireland, it is pretty, friendly, offers a myriad of things to do and see not only in the town but as a base for working out around Kerry. We all go there for great weekends and holidays. It offers also a

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  • Surviving the Recession - Dublin Artist - Gerard Byrne

    Surviving the Recession - Dublin Artist - Gerard Byrne

    24 February 2011

    One of the good things that came about during the Celtic Tiger years was a great increase in art across the spectrum. Galleries boomed. Everybody wanted art on their walls be it massive paintings or massive prints. In essence whether or not it was origina

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Casey's Bistro

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Casey's Bistro

    24 February 2011

    When it comes to food, their Casey’s Bar and Bistro produces excellent modern cuisine, both Irish and International, using and best of local and seasonal produce. Having perhaps just done the Ring of Kerry you will be hungry so for dinner you can start th

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  • TIPPERARY FOOD PRODUCERS

    TIPPERARY FOOD PRODUCERS

    01 February 2011

    A really nice bunch of people gathered together to meet me and show me their produce at Nora and John Egan’s fine Georgian Mansion, Inch House Country House and Restaurant, just outside Thurles in Co. Tipperary, which not only has a lovely restaurant but

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  • Restaurant Review - Indie Spice Sandymount

    Restaurant Review - Indie Spice Sandymount

    27 January 2011

    Sandymount has recently had the addition of a new Indian restaurant in the form of Indie Spice. When I say ‘new’ it is not a totally new concept but rather a new branch of a long established group. Indie Spice started out with a restaurant in Belfast

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  • Michelin Stars & Bibs 2011

    Michelin Stars & Bibs 2011

    24 January 2011

    Last Tuesday morning, it was a case of synchronise your watches for, at 11.40 a.m. precisely, not a second earlier not a second later, Michelin announced on its website the recipients of its stars and bib gourmands for Great Britain and Ireland 2011. I g

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  • Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Locks Brasserie

    Our Latest Great Place to Eat - Locks Brasserie

    12 January 2011

    “11 out of 10” said a departing diner to the Maitre d’ in the new Locks Brasserie overlooking the Grand Canal at Portobello and its gliding swans. He was right and, from the cross table conversation he had been enjoying with another solo gentleman, it ap

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  • Open All Hours!

    Open All Hours!

    10 January 2011

    Well we all know the old joke “when the going gets tough the Irish go on holidays.” So it struck me was the case over the Christmas/New Year period.We have had a couple of years of restaurants telling us how much they have been suffering with the dow

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  • 'THE LUCINDAS' 2010

    'THE LUCINDAS' 2010

    05 January 2011

    You might have thought that 2010 was a dull year for restaurants but life on the restaurant scene is never dull as chefs and restaurateurs vie for business. My Awards 2010 reflect the good, the bad, and the ugly, of a Restaurant Critic’s year!

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  • THE LIFE AND LOVES OF MIRANDA, COUNTESS OF IVEAGH

    THE LIFE AND LOVES OF MIRANDA, COUNTESS OF IVEAGH

    05 January 2011

    We have all been watching with fascination the romantic happenings of life in the fictional Great House, Downton Abbey, but it would be true to say that life in the real world of Farmleigh and Wilbury Park, former homes of Miranda, Countess of Iveagh..

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  • Salt & Chilli Prawns

    Salt & Chilli Prawns

    31 December 2010

    After all the rich meats and game, salt and chilli prawns went down well on New Year's Eve...

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  • CHRISTMAS MARKETS COUNTRYWIDE 2010

    CHRISTMAS MARKETS COUNTRYWIDE 2010

    08 December 2010

    Christmas Markets are the buzz this year and there are lots around the country be they one day events or weekly in the lead up to the big day.In Dublin there is a new Christmas Market at Fitzwilliam Square this year with over 70 stalls lit up by more tha

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  • 34th Kinsale Gourmet Festival Kicks off....

    34th Kinsale Gourmet Festival Kicks off....

    08 October 2010

    This evening saw the kick off of the 34th Annual Gourmet Festival at a Champagne Reception at the White Lady.

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  • Autumn Courses

    Autumn Courses

    27 September 2010

    Guess what? The traditional Aran sweater, a la Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers, is back in high fashion and on the catwalks of Europe. When I say traditional, I mean traditional, and not in the funky funky revival way of 10 or 15 yea

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  • Booze Cruise 2010

    Booze Cruise 2010

    09 September 2010

    With the kids firmly ensconced at their school desks this is the time when dedicated booze cruisers set sail for La Belle France to stock up the cellars for autumn. There is no doubt but that you save an awful lot of money on wine in France.

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  • Get Back to Cooking

    Get Back to Cooking

    30 August 2010

    For the past fifteen years our TV screens have been literally awash with cookery programmes from the sublime to the ridiculous. We have had the Two Fat Ladies, doling out colonial style ‘receipts’ with Jennifer dipping her grotesquely painted finger

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  • Memories of France

    Memories of France

    21 July 2010

    The French may think they are very chi chi but they have yet to cotton on to decent beds – that is unless you are staying in the Ritz! We now take for granted our high off the floor superking beds with orthopoedic mattresses and it is only after a night

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  • Indonesian Spicy Summer Dressing

    Indonesian Spicy Summer Dressing

    26 June 2010

    Chameleon Restaurant's Kevin O'Toole shares his fantastic recipe for a summer dressing with a difference.....

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  • The Ultimate Hotelier

    The Ultimate Hotelier

    08 June 2010

    We all remember in the movie Pretty Woman how the suave Hotel Manager came to the aid of “Vivian”, played by Julia Roberts, when she needed a special gown for the ball with Richard Gere’s character “Edward”. He had been somewhat disapproving initially of

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  • COLIN O'DALY TALKS TO LUCINDA

    COLIN O'DALY TALKS TO LUCINDA

    12 May 2010

    Without any F-words, tantrums, or attention seeking antics, one of the best known, most talented and, above all, most respected names in the Irish culinary world undoubtedly has to be Colin O’Daly. Most would associate Colin O’Daly with Roly’s Bistro..

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  • KINSALE GOURMET FESTIVAL 2009

    KINSALE GOURMET FESTIVAL 2009

    19 October 2009

    "No recession at The Kinsale Gourmet Festival 2009" say the organisers, "it was a whopping success story!"

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  • NEW LUCINDA O'SULLIVAN WEBSITE

    NEW LUCINDA O'SULLIVAN WEBSITE

    14 October 2009

    Wednesday 14 October 2009 We're delighted to announce the launch of the revamped, primped and preened LucindaOSullivan.com, my online Little Black Book of not only Great Places to Stay and Eat, but also Great Restaurants to Eat in too.

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