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Children enjoy the kids’ club at The Johnstown Estate. Photograph: Julien Behal

The Easter holidays are just ahead and there are plenty of ways to entertain the children in your life over the next two weeks. Here is a selection of(...)

Best country house breakfast: Longueville House, Mallow, Co Cork

The champions of breakfast across Ireland have just been announced with two castles on the Wild Atlantic Way taking gold in the top tier categories, a(...)

In 2003, Chuck Feeney signed off on a decision to spend all of his fortune in his lifetime. “Giving while living,” he called it.

Chuck Feeney today is a man of no property. He and his wife Helga live in a modest rented apartment in San Francisco. He has no car or luxuries of any(...)

Paula Stakelum, executive pastry chef, won a regional qualifier for the Valrhona C3 patisserie championship in France on Thursday and will represent Ireland at the final in New York in October

Paula Stakelum, executive head pastry chef at Ashford Castle, has reached the final eight in a worldwide patisserie competition and will represent Ire(...)

Ashford Castle sits on 365 acres overlooking Lough Corrib. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

As I pull up at the door of Ashford Castle and eyeball the beaming man in the racing green top hat and tails making his way towards my car, I marvel a(...)

The Killarney Park Hotel, owned by Padraig and Janet Treacy

TripAdvisor has named the top ten Irish hotels for 2018 in the traveller’s choice awards. The Killarney Park Hotel, owned by Padraig and Janet Treacy,(...)

Purple aubergine curry by Arun Kapil

Indian food is a sunny antidote to dreary winter days, and as an added bonus, many of the spices used bring considerable health benefits. Arun Kapil’s(...)

Star gaze at Finn Lough forest domes in Co Fermanagh

The most read feature in travel in 2017 was not about some exotic location abroad, but 100 of the best places to stay in Ireland. It seems when it com(...)

A Christmas tree in the great hall at Adare Manor in Adare, Co Limerick.

As you tuck into your Brussels sprouts this Christmas, spare a thought for those paying top dollar for the privilege of dining in some of Ireland’s pr(...)

Use almonds in your pastry The recipe we have created for our sweet pastry contains ground almonds, which we use for all our tarts at Ashford Castle.(...)

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