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Straffan House Available for Exclusive Hire With Access to The Palmer Ryder Cup Course

May 12, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The five-star Kildare Hotel, Spa & Country Club (The K Club) has a very distinct old-Irish-wealth feel to it on its 550 acres of countryside property. Home to two championship golf courses, The Palmer Ryder Cup Course and The Smurfit Course, the hotel is among Ireland’s finest and hailed as one of Europe’s best golf destinations.

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Belfast’s Malt Room Provides Welcome Retreat From Wicked Irish Weather

Apr 18, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

The Malt Room on Belfast’s downtown Great Victoria Street may look inconspicuous from the outside, but once you walk in you are overtaken by the series of interconnecting rooms. The two-floor restaurant features stucco ceilings, ornate wall paneling with a lion face motif, chandeliers, curved balconies, metal railings and a broad staircase — all reflecting a predominantly ash-gray color scheme with contrasting touches of vivid red.

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Castle Leslie: A 500-Year-Old Irish Castle With a Colorful Past

Apr 3, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

If Sir Paul McCartney chooses your property for his wedding venue, then it can be assumed that place is probably something pretty special. As guessed, Castle Leslie located in north-central Ireland, definitely is, especially due to its epic 500-year-old history of esoteric family characters inhabiting its walls.

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Limerick, Ireland To Lure In Increased Number of Tourists in 2014

Jan 9, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

It’s more than just a funny poem, it’s an Irish travel destination that will continue rising in popularity in 2014, according to the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation’s Chief Executive, Eamonn McKeon. After reviewing the numbers for 2013—seven million foreign visitors resulting in a six percent increase nationally—he is confident Limerick and the Midwest region will bring in even more vacationers in the new year.

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Get to Know Ireland's Historic Dromoland Castle Hotel & Country Club

Dec 3, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Vacations in Ireland are not complete without a visit, or even better, a stay in one of the many medieval castles located around the mountains and rugged shorelines—particularly if it’s a rainy day. Dromoland Castle Hotel & Country Club in County Clare, ancestral home of the O’Brien’s, Barons of Inchiquin, offers one such opportunity. A 15-minute drive from Shannon International Airport, the property is reached along a winding, tree-lined road that bypasses a boating lake and a golf course in the grounds. The grey-stoned, gothic-style castle comes into view over the tops of several undulating hills.

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The Best Tourism Town In Ireland Is...

Dec 2, 2013  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

Failte Ireland, the country’s National Tourism Development Authority, has announced the 10 cities that are up for their award honoring Ireland's best tourism town. The award acknowledges the villages that have gone above and beyond to make the country that much more alluring to tourists. "Tourism isn't just a business, it's a community industry and that's why the whole community has a role in supporting tourism," said Michael Ring, Minister of State for Tourism.

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No. 1 Pery Square: Historic Irish Hotel in the Heart of Georgian Limerick

Nov 25, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Rebuilt from two adjoining 18th century townhouses by owners Patricia and George Roberts, No. 1 Pery Square is an elegant hotel located in the heart of the historic Georgian quarter of Limerick, Ireland’s third largest city.

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Dingle Skellig Hotel Wants to Welcome You to Ireland's Most Northwest Town

Nov 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Located on the scenic northwest side of Ireland’s peninsula in County Kerry, the 113-room Dingle Skellig Hotel & Peninsula Spa has the Atlantic Ocean in its backyard and the lively, quaint town of Dingle, a mere ten-minute walk away. 

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Limerick: Ireland's First City of Culture 2014 to Emerge from $8M Rejuvenation

Nov 21, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Limerick, a southwestern Irish city that has fought strongly to overcome a negative, violence-related image, is set to take center stage as Ireland’s first national City of Culture, an initiative that hopes to create more culturally relevant events around the country. The year-long program of diverse happenings is set to begin in January.

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Ireland's Castlewood House Dingle Gets Personal Within its Four-Star Property

Nov 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Outside, a strawberry and cream-colored fishing boat bobs gently in the lapping waters of Dingle Bay; such is the picturesque southwest Ireland location of Castlewood House Dingle. Brian Heaton, an experienced Irish hotel manager, opened this charming guest house eight years ago with his wife, Helen, just outside the pretty Kerry town of Dingle. The couple met fresh out of college while working at the five-star Ashford Castle in County Mayo.

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Tee Off at 7 of the World’s Best Golf Courses

Sep 26, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

With lush terrains and rocky coastlines, one could easily travel from California to Australia on tour to visit the world's best golf courses. Any true golfer probably already has a personal list of dream spots, whether it's a course right around the corner or halfway around the world; but these are our seven picks for the best in the world.... Read More

Five-Star Ballyfin Mansion a Private Retreat Among Ireland's Countryside

Jul 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Ballyfin mansion in County Laois central Ireland, is a step back in time to the early 1800's when English Lords ruled over vast stretches of local countryside and built impressive homes to reflect their power and wealth. A ten-minute drive around Ballyfin's stonewall border indicates the sheer size of the property (around 640 acres). In 2001, Chicago businessman Fred Krehbiel purchased the run down mansion for a reputed $10 million dollars and invested much more (an estimated $40 million) to rehabilitate it.... Read More

Billionaire's Private Estate Now Available for Exclusive Hire in Ireland

Jul 29, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

For the first time since its construction, the Straffan House, a private residence on the grounds of The K Club, Spa and Country Club will be available for exclusive hire. Sitting on 550 acres of idyllic Irish countryside, the property owned by billionaire Sir Michael Smurfit is an elegant 34,000-square-foot home inspired by the original structure of the same name. Built in 1832, the original resembled a French Chateau and is now being used as the K Club Hotel.... Read More

Five-Star Luxury Inside Killarney National Park: Muckross Park Hotel and Cloisters Spa

Jul 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

A tall, lean water sculpture composed of intricately interwoven gray slates from nearby Valentia Island is the first thing you’ll notice as you approach the front entrance of Muckross Park Hotel and Cloisters Spa. Immediately inside, a veritable feast of furnishings meets the eye: twin decorative Doric columns, Grecian urns, crimson armchairs, gilded mirrors, century-old oil paintings, an open fireplace with a varnished wood border and twin marble statues of dogs.... Read More

If Hogwarts Was a Five-Star Hotel: The Lodge at Doonbeg

Jul 12, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Nicknamed ‘The Shire’ (as in The Hobbit) or Hogwarts, The Lodge at Doonbeg is a quaint, village-like property of well-designed buildings on a vast undulating stretch of open land straddling the coast of Clare in western Ireland.... Read More

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