My Career: Screenwriter and theatre-maker Sian Ní Mhuirí
My Career: Screenwriter and theatre-maker Sian Ní Mhuirí

Sian Ní Mhuirí

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Lilly Higgins

Women in Sport: Longford athletics star Yemi Talabi on motivation, misogyny, and mindfulness
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Yemi Talabi

What to bake this weekend: Coffee and walnut pavlova with coffee-poached pears
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Graham Herterich

Trust me. You don’t need that for your baby
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Amanda Cassidy

Why we love a good celebrity feud
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Amanda Cassidy

Prepare for a Paul Mescal supremacy — 5 upcoming or new releases from the incredible Irish actor
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Sarah Gill

Three newly opened Irish restaurants to try out this weekend
Three newly opened Irish restaurants to try out this weekend

Sarah Gill

Author’s Bookshelf: Clodagh Finn on paying homage to the women who have made Ireland what it is alongside Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland
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Sarah Gill

What to make this weekend: Saturday night dinner for less than €6
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3 Cosy Autumn Mini-Breaks On Your Doorstep


By Eoin Higgins
07th Oct 2016
3 Cosy Autumn Mini-Breaks On Your Doorstep

The Cliff House, Waterford

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Ireland’s one and only five- star seaside hotel also has a Michelin-starred restaurant under its belt, making it almost a constellation of starry goodness. With head chef Martijn Kajuiter at the helm of its restaurant, The House, expect something new and exciting every time you pop in – with cinematic ocean views on the side. The hotel itself has everything you would expect from a five-star stay, meanwhile a very attractive two-night midweek break costs from €450 for two people sharing and includes two nights in a Deluxe Seaview room, full Irish breakfast on both mornings, one evening meal at the Bar Restaurant, and 20 per cent off all pre-booked spa treatments. Foraging, guided walks, whale watching and many more outdoor activities can be booked in advance and cost €50 per person. cliffhousehotel.ie

Ballilogue, Kilkenny

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Tucked away in a picturesque corner of Kilkenny – by the beautiful River Nore and not far from the winsome town of Inistioge – discover a secret trio of beautifully-restored properties that have become an oasis for stressed city minds in-the-know. Providing spaces that manage to pull off the often tricky business of marrying contemporary living with old-world charm, Ballilogue is self-catering with a difference. Expect a private bolthole of calm and elegance with its very tastefully-renovated Irish stone houses, beautiful gardens and stylish, contemporary interiors full of light. Choose from two-, four- or five-bedroomed comfort from €520 for a minimum two-night stay … stay, cook, laugh, love, relax, recharge and chill-out in perfect style … but don’t tell everyone about it, we kind of want it all to ourselves. ballilogue.com

Hunter’s, Wicklow

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The very essence of ?old-school?, Hunter’s is Ireland’s oldest surviving coaching house and it wears its heritage and charm with ease. You can see why it’s a favourite haunt of Daniel Day-Lewis – and Steven Spielberg, when he’s in town – the patina of age and experience imbues its little-changed walls with echoes of the past. One shouldn’t expect ?all mod cons?, however, once ensconced within its storied atmosphere, the click/swipe, information-addicted modern world fades forgettably into the background. Add open fires, antique aromas, unabashedly old-school dining and you have all the elements to create a rare, slow-living experience in a fleeting, screen-addled world. hunters.ie