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    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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    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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    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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  • "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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  • 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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    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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