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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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