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60 seconds with Louis Mulcahy http://gowildmagazine.com/2333-2/ Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:24:11 +0000 http://gowildmagazine.com/?p=2333       60 SECONDS WITH LOUIS MULCAHY POTTERY   Does this creative flair run in your family? I think so. It manifests itself in different ways; musically in my father’s and Lisbeth’s families and in the gardening talent of my mother. All our children and grandchildren are visually and/or musically creative.   What was […]

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60 SECONDS WITH LOUIS MULCAHY POTTERY

 

  1. Does this creative flair run in your family?

I think so. It manifests itself in different ways; musically in my father’s and Lisbeth’s families and in the gardening talent of my mother. All our children and grandchildren are visually and/or musically creative.

 

  1. What was the driving force behind your decision to move from Dublin to Dingle in 1975

From our earliest days together my wife Lisbeth and I had a dream of moving to live in a rural setting preferably near mountains and the sea.  We achieved that aim by setting up our pottery on that narrow strip of land at the tip of the Dingle peninsula between the Atlantic and Cruach Mhárthain.

 

 

  1. Where does the inspiration come from in your designs

It is an instinctive thing. I create all my designs on the wheel. I may have a vague idea of what I am aiming at before I sit down and start throwing. Then I go through a process of altering, refining, refining again and again. In Becket’s words: Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

 

  1. What’s your favourite Wild Atlantic Way place to visit and why?

Besides where I live, I don’t have any one favourite place. You could chuck me down at any spot along this wild western coast and I would happily survive and enjoy life. However this Dingle Peninsula with its glorious heritage and still living Irish language coupled with the dozens of interesting exponents of almost all genres of artistic endeavour has to be my favourite. Life is always interesting here.

 

  1. How much do you enjoy passing on your skills to your assistants?

I don’t enjoy it at all. I am not clear headed enough to be a good teacher. Worse, I have no patience. Nowadays I get others to do the teaching of skills. However we operate like the old masters of European painting, I being the studio leader, design and make the first examples of everything we produce. After that it is up to the repetition throwers and painters to make multiples of my designs. I make all the one off pieces.

 

  1. Where does Louis Mulcahy escape to on holidays?

Very often to my daughter Jette and her family near Roskilde in Denmark. Sometimes to European cities and very rarely further afield.

I am contented here at home where I spend much of my free time writing and singing.

 

  1. How does your work in Dingle compare to your previous lifestyle in Dublin?

I had an exciting existence in Dublin. I worked as a TV cameraman in Telefis Eireann in its early days. I enjoyed every moment of my twelve years there. But we wanted to live in the West and having driven up and down the coast we chose Dingle. It was a different kind of excitement here. Despite my years of learning the potters craft while in Dublin, I found I had to learn on the job how to work in a professional manner. Added to that we set about learning Irish because we could have done untold damage to the fragile fabric of its existence if we ran the workshop through anything other than the native tongue of most of our employees at that time. It was tough but eventually rewarding. For a time we had between sixty and seventy employees. The recession put paid to that and we are right back to between thirty and forty now. In the winter that falls to thirty or just under that.

 

  1. What advice do you have for any young Craft entrepreneur today

Have a thorough knowledge and working background in your particular discipline before you start. Be prepared for hard work and initial disappointments. If it was easy everyone would be doing it.

 

 

  1. From all of the amazing designs that you have created over 40 years which piece or pieces really stand out?

I have become too old for throwing the four foot high pots. I enjoyed making them, but they require too much strength.  I love the masks and druids. The druids are big masked figures made by joining slabs of clay. They are less physically taxing than the thrown pots. But they, just like the big thrown pots, are susceptible to exploding or cracking in the kiln. So successful examples of these big pieces are the one that really excite me.

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60 seconds with Cathal Quinn, CEO Flanagans on the Lake http://gowildmagazine.com/60-seconds-cathal-quinn-ceo-flanagans-lake/ Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:18:17 +0000 http://gowildmagazine.com/?p=2329     60 Seconds with Cathal Quinn If you’re visiting the beautiful shores of Lough Derg and looking for a good bar or restaurant, look no further than Flanagan’s on the Lake. Situated in the twin towns of Ballina and Killaloe and operated by Tipperary man, Cathal Quinn, Flanagan’s will allow you to sit back […]

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60 Seconds with Cathal Quinn

If you’re visiting the beautiful shores of Lough Derg and looking for a good bar or restaurant, look no further than Flanagan’s on the Lake.

Situated in the twin towns of Ballina and Killaloe and operated by Tipperary man, Cathal Quinn, Flanagan’s will allow you to sit back and enjoy a drink or a meal, while taking in the beautiful scenery of the area.

Give us some background on the Flanagan’s on the Lake story.

Flanagans on the Lake is a beautiful bar restaurant situated on the shores of Lough Derg in the twin towns of Ballina Killaloe Co Tipperary. It caters for tourists and locals alike, providing fine foods wines and spirits. After finding myself unemployed in 2009 due to the economic crisis, an opportunity arose to lease the property known as Flanagan’s on the Lake.

A former project manager in the construction industry, I managed to grow the restaurant and bar business during bleak economic times. Money was scarce and people’s confidence was very low during 2010 and 11; you had to be very inventive to get people out to dine and spend.

By 2013 the business was starting to grow and I approached the banks with a view to buying the business. It was very difficult to raise capital during this time, especially for anything in the hospitality sector, but my proposal and figures were sound and I managed to get it over the line.

What features have you added to Flanagan’s over the years?

I have added some features to Flanagan’s over the years: the expansion of the dining terrace overlooking the Shannon. The building of the Whiskey Tower was the next project – a purpose built room where Flanagan’s Whiskey Club meet once a month, surrounded by some of the finest whiskeys from around the world. Most recently the addition of self-catering apartments to the rear of Flanagan’s have been a great success as many patrons who visit can stay beside the venue and in the heart of the village of Ballina.

How important are the team that you have built up over the years?

Many of the team that currently work at Flanagan’s have been there for the past eight years which is not a common feature of the hospitality business. We are very much a team here at Flanagan’s – a trait that I have transferred from my project management days. We break the year down into projects: high season, low season, festival season and Christmas. This system helps staff to focus on the tasks at hand, allows for holiday time and, as each project has a start, middle and end, helps with motivation. When you get good people to work within your business, you need to look after them – especially in hospitality.

What are the biggest everyday challenges of working in the hospitality and food industry?

Standards, quality and being consistent are the biggest everyday challenges of the hospitality sector. Flanagan’s is open from 10.30am to past midnight, seven days a week. So maintaining standards across three kitchen teams is a challenge. Good relationships with your suppliers is key. A good tip is always pay on time – you tend to get a better service if you do.

Your Whiskey tower at Flanagans is drawing visitors from across Europe. Why?

The Whiskey Tower at Flanagan’s has been a great success with visitors from around the world making their way there to have a masterclass in whiskey and explore the wonderful world of whiskey. There has been a revolution in Irish whiskey worldwide and interest especially from the European and American market is driving a huge growth in sales. This market has a long way to go. Without leaving the tower, you can take a trip through time from the Irish monks making Uisce Beatha leading to the birth of whiskey, and from Ireland to Scotland to the USA sampling different whiskeys as you go through the story.

What the next big development plan for Flanagan’s on the Lake?

The next big development for Flanagan’s is our expansion plans. This Autumn we are opening a new premises in Limerick City. Limerick is on the up and I feel there is room for our brand of hospitality. Work has already commenced on the new premises at 31 Thomas street Limerick. Flanagan’s Town House and Whiskey Cellar will cater for the strong local winter trade while also focusing on the growth of tourist numbers in Limerick during the summer.

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Eccles Hotel Glengarriff http://gowildmagazine.com/2322-2/ Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:11:10 +0000 http://gowildmagazine.com/?p=2322   Ireland’s first purpose built hotel to be restored to former glory   Steeped in over 250 years of history, heritage and hospitality, Eccles Hotel in Glengarriff is re-establishing its tradition as West Cork’s premier seafront hotel destination.   Located on the beautiful Beara Peninsula overlooking Bantry Bay, Eccles Hotel is Ireland’s first ever purpose […]

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Ireland’s first purpose built hotel to be restored to former glory

 

Steeped in over 250 years of history, heritage and hospitality, Eccles Hotel in Glengarriff is re-establishing its tradition as West Cork’s premier seafront hotel destination.

 

Located on the beautiful Beara Peninsula overlooking Bantry Bay, Eccles Hotel is Ireland’s first ever purpose built hotel. Established in 1745, Eccles Hotel has been an inspiring retreat for literary greats like George Bernard Shaw, William Butler Years and William Makepeace Thackeray.

 

The hotel’s new owners are restoring the grand old dame to her former glory, much to the delight of the locals and the hotel’s tight-knit team, some of whom have worked there for over 30 years.

 

General Manager Aileen Hanley, along with her husband Patrick Hanley, re-established the award-winning Sheen Falls Lodge in Kenmare as one of Europe’s top hotels. She is looking forward to working her magic in Eccles Hotel, along with her dedicated team.

 

“It’s very much a labour of love,” says Aileen. “We plan to bring this wonderful building with its stunning original features back to its former glory. We have old photos of the library and reception and our aim is to restore the look, feel and character of the original hotel. It’s something that will take a long time and a lot of expense, but we will keep tipping away at it. I’ve just put a bid on a grand piano from the 1800s and I look forward to having that in the restaurant.”

 

In the meantime, renovations have been taking place on the hotel’s 66 luxurious bedrooms with 35 rooms now complete. Aileen hopes to bring the hotel from 3 Star to 4 Star Failte Ireland status next year by reducing the number of rooms to 58, increasing the size of the new rooms and creating a number of suites.

 

Eccles Hotel is already making a name for itself as a popular wedding venue and can cater for small intimate ceremonies or larger celebrations of up to 320 guests. The stunning backdrop for the top table in the recently refurbished Ilnacullin suite, with its ten sparkling Waterford Crystal chandeliers, is a sweeping vista of Garinish Island and the Atlantic Ocean.

 

The Harbour Bar and Garinish Restaurant have amazing panoramic views across the bay and an outdoor terrace for the long summer evenings. The locally sourced food prepared by Head Chef Nick Davey and his team cater for all tastes with seafood caught fresh daily from the Atlantic waters of Bantry Bay.

 

This time last year, the hotel was only taking tour groups and was closed to the domestic market. A year later, Eccles Hotel is very much open for business and at full occupancy.

 

 

 

Contact:

 

ECCLES Hotel,

Glengarriff Harbour,

Glengarriff, Co. Cork.

P75 A072

 

T: (+353) 027 63003

F: (+353) 027 63319

E: reservations@eccleshotel.com

 

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From the edge of the world to the summit of Everest and back http://gowildmagazine.com/2317-2/ Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:07:32 +0000 http://gowildmagazine.com/?p=2317 From the edge of the world to the summit of Everest and back   Go Wild talks to hotelier, John Burke, the first Clare man to reach the summit of Everest about growing up in the family business, selling periwinkles on the beach and fulfilling a lifelong dream.   It would be hard to find […]

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From the edge of the world to the summit of Everest and back

 

Go Wild talks to hotelier, John Burke, the first Clare man to reach the summit of Everest about growing up in the family business, selling periwinkles on the beach and fulfilling a lifelong dream.

 

It would be hard to find a more idyllic location than the Armada Hotel, nestled on the cliff edge at Spanish Point, County Clare with breathtaking views out over the Atlantic Ocean and a bracing salt breeze that whets the appetite for the abundance of fresh local seafood.

It has been home to John Burke since his late father, also John, started the business as a small pub with the gents toilets outside in a galvanised shed. Things have changed a lot since then, and these days, the luxury award-winning Armada Hotel attracts guests from all over the world.

 

Interview with John Burke

 

What it was like growing up in the family business in beautiful Spanish Point?

 

From as long as I can remember, I was always working in the business, during the summers, collecting glasses, and sorting bottles, sneaking away when I could for a quick dip. I had a side business too, picking periwinkles on the rock pools with my cousins, a quick boil and walking the beach to sell packets of them, easiest money I ever made!

 

Was it always your ambition to follow your father’s footsteps into the hospitality industry?

 

I was ambitious and I certainly saw the potential in the business from a very young age. I knew from my parents how committed you had to be to a business owner, and the work involved, but I also knew how rewarding it could be. I came home from studying at the Shannon College of Hotel Management, and work placements abroad at the age of 20 to take on the business and bring what I could to it. I certainly realised that my learning days were only just beginning. I suppose that stays true always, and it’s what I love about the industry, its so dynamic and creative now, with food and beverage trends, décor trends, and constant reassessment of the brand to ensure we are representing it right in all we do, Right now the Armada is on a path with a very clear vision, and it will continue to represent all that is wonderful about West Clare, the sights, sounds and tastes.

 

Your dad was well known for his community spirit, how is community central to the Armada Hotel’s workforce?

 

A hotel like the Armada can’t just be a business judged on a set of books, it has to tell a story linked with the community. The hotel has to feel part of the community and the community must feel a connection to the hotel, and be part of the hotel’s story.  Right now, the Armada employs 140 people, and is a major part of the social and community fabric of the area.

Along with this, we have a responsibility to return some of our earnings to the community, by investing in and supporting local initiatives. The Armada delivers about €100k in support each year in many ways, from sponsorship, to fund-raisers, to our own events.

 

What is it that sets the Armada apart from other hotels?

 

The Armada has a few key unique points: our food story with Armada Farm and supplier partnerships; our incredibly talented team; the music, fun and atmosphere delivered by talented artists, and our location on the cliff edge in Spanish Point overlooking the bay with so much history and beautiful sights.

 

 

Have you any plans to further expand your hotel business in the future?

 

At present, I’m involved in a number of tourism businesses that I am passionate about including the Armada, Hotel Doolin, and Doolin Village Lodges, and most of my energy is focused on reinvesting and continuously improving them. For so many years during the boom, hotels were pushing forward to increase the number of rooms etc, but now I think everyone, like us, is really focused on making sure every part of their business is up to the high standard people deserve and have come to expect with Irish hotels.

 

 

You only discovered sport in your late 20s but have certainly been making up for lost time since. What have the highlights of your sporting endeavours been?

 

I’ve found mountains as the place of goodness for my mind and my body, and have been exploring them in Ireland and throughout the world. One of my big goals was to make an attempt on Everest, and on May 16th, 2017 at 9.45am, I managed to find myself on top of the world. It was a realisation of so much work and the fulfillment of a long-term dream of mine, but if I never stood on the top, I would have enjoyed every step along the way.

My journey to Everest included hiking in the Burren, running the trail along the Cliffs of Moher between Liscannor and Doolin, hiking in Connemara on wild winter days, and picnics on the top of Carrantouhill, Ireland’s highest mountain, which I managed to climb eight times in a row, three weeks before setting off for Everest. The Irish outdoors is something special, whether it’s the hills or the sea and thankfully even though I was late finding my passion for it, I managed to get to enjoy it so much over the past 10 years.

 

 

Tell us about the charity Elevate that you and your wife set up.

 

With all the wonderful improvements in the standard of living for all of Ireland and its young people over the decades, there is a very worrying side that so many now have mental health difficulties. Elevate plans to support the rollout of a wellness programme in secondary schools and youth organisations in the county, focused on self esteem, resiliance, and coping strategies.

 

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Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa review by Niamh Murphy http://gowildmagazine.com/inchydoney-island-lodge-spa-review-niamh-murphy/ Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:05:18 +0000 http://gowildmagazine.com/?p=2314 Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa Niamh Murphy enjoys a tranquil ‘babymoon’ retreat in West Cork If you’re looking for complete escapism on the Wild Atlantic Way, then you’ll find it in abundance at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa.   Located just 3 miles from the colourful heritage town of Clonakilty in West Cork, this imposing […]

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Niamh Murphy enjoys a tranquil ‘babymoon’ retreat in West Cork

If you’re looking for complete escapism on the Wild Atlantic Way, then you’ll find it in abundance at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa.

 

Located just 3 miles from the colourful heritage town of Clonakilty in West Cork, this imposing 4 star hotel overlooks two magnificent stretches of Blue Flag Beach.

 

4 months into our first pregnancy, my husband and I were excited to go there on our ‘babymoon’, escaping the hustle and bustle of the city.

 

As we drove through the narrow and incredibly scenic road to our destination, I could already feel my whole body relax, with any worries broken by the roar of the wild Atlantic breakers.

 

The friendly hotel staff welcomed us with a drink in the bright and welcoming reception lobby, before showing us to our impressive king-sized bedroom that boasted a private balcony with magnificent views of the beach and the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Our first indulgence was a delightful afternoon tea in the residents’ lounge, where we enjoyed sandwiches filled with local produce and homemade cakes in relaxing surrounds. You could certainly while away a few hours here, but we had more treats awaiting us.

 

The spa at Inchydoney is one it’s highlights. The hotel was actually the first in Ireland to introduce a proper Thalassotherapy spa with a saltwater pool and thalassotherapy treatments, where therapeutic sea-water is pumped into the saltwater pool daily and heated to 31 degrees.  It features jets for specific parts of the body such as shoulders, neck, legs and back, and you are advised to spend at least 45 minutes going from area to area.

 

There are an abundance of treatments available and at 4 months pregnant, I chose a body scrub and relaxing facial, which were performed by a qualified pregnancy masseuse who took particular care.

 

Of course the location of the hotel is one of its biggest assets, and you only need to step outside the door to find yourself on a pristine beach with pretty dunes and fresh sea-scented air, a magnet to walkers, swimmers, joggers and surfers. The beach has in fact been voted as the top beach in Ireland year after year. Other water activities available include Whale Watching and Kayaking. You can even do a very special moonlight kayak.

 

We had certainly worked up an appetite by the time it came to dinner, and were not disappointed by the award winning Gulfstream Restaurant.  Like everywhere else in the hotel, it had jaw-dropping views through a panoramic window that made the experience even more special.

 

It’s no wonder that the hotel is the winner of so many awards and accolades. To sum up, Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa is a sumptuous seaside hotel, an exclusive and tranquil retreat – genuine, hospitable, open and warm – and a beacon of welcome for people who value time together in wonderful West Cork. And we can’t wait to go back!

 

Enjoy a two night break at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, full Irish breakfast each morning, dinner on one evening in the award winning Gulfstream Restaurant and access to the heated Seawater Therapy Pool, Sauna, Hammam and Relaxation Areas for €235. For more see www.inchydoneyisland.com

 

 

 

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Discover real hospitality with Sean & Elaine at Hotel Woodstock in Ennis http://gowildmagazine.com/discover-real-hospitality-sean-elaine-hotel-woodstock-ennis/ Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:03:03 +0000 http://gowildmagazine.com/?p=2310 Old-fashioned Irish Hospitality on the Menu at the Woodstock Hotel   The moment you set foot inside the family-run Woodstock Hotel in Ennis, Co Clare, you are greeted with the warm traditional hospitality that Ireland is renowned for, but which is sadly lacking in many establishments today. For co-owners, Sean and Elaine Lally, who took […]

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Old-fashioned Irish Hospitality on the Menu at the Woodstock Hotel

 

The moment you set foot inside the family-run Woodstock Hotel in Ennis, Co Clare, you are greeted with the warm traditional hospitality that Ireland is renowned for, but which is sadly lacking in many establishments today.

For co-owners, Sean and Elaine Lally, who took over the hotel in November 2016 in partnership with Choice Hotels, the personal touch is hugely important.

“We offer the best of both worlds really. The old-fashioned Irish hospitality of a family-run hotel with friendly local staff combined with all the benefits of being part of a leading international brand. Myself and Elaine spend a lot of time walking around the hotel talking to all our guests, getting to know them, finding out what they like, and what makes them happy. People love that kind of personal attention,” explains Sean.

Having worked in the hotel business for 30 years, it was always Sean and Elaine’s ambition to run their own hotel some day, and they could see that Hotel Woodstock had the potential to become a major player in the mid-West market. The family-friendly hotel boasts 67 modern, spacious bedrooms, and a newly refurbished leisure centre with a 15m pool.

And hospitality must run in the blood as their son Oisin (18), who has just completed his Leaving Cert, plans to pursue a career in hotel management. Daughter Caoimhe (13) has represented Clare in camogie, and won numerous awards and medals in Irish dancing.

Hotel Woodstock is ideally located on the outskirts of the bustling market town of Ennis, with its picturesque winding streets and historical buildings. Known as the Boutique Capital of County Clare, Ennis boasts great shopping facilities and a wide range of cafes, pubs and restaurants. Its location just off the dual carriageway only a 20 minute drive from Shannon Airport has been crucial to the success of the hotel.

Sean notes: “Once the Limerick to Tuam dual carriageway opens, you will be able to drive from Ennis to Galway in only 30 minutes. With occupancy levels and prices very high in Galway, we offer lots of opportunity in terms of location. Guests can stay with us while they visit Galway, European Capital of Culture 2020 or explore the rugged beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way.”

 

While the hotel is the idyllic venue for any event, Sean and Elaine specialise in small intimate events, such as weddings, civil partnerships, christenings, communions and confirmations, birthday parties and other gatherings.

“We personally look after our wedding couples from the time they book their wedding to the time they leave us as a married couple. We offer a unique free service where our experienced child-minders can take all the children off to the kids club for two to three hours to allow the wedding party enjoy their meal in peace. Many brides and grooms have children now, so this goes down really well,” says Elaine.

 

Contact Elaine Lally- Hotel Woodstock, Ennis Co Clare – 065 6899800= elally@hotelwoodstock.ie

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A Golfer’s Paradise http://gowildmagazine.com/a-golfers-paradise/ Tue, 10 May 2016 19:48:56 +0000 http://gowildmagazine.com/?p=2102 Stunning vistas, rolling sand dunes, dramatic cliff edge backdrops – golfing along the Wild Atlantic Way’s world-class championship golf courses is every golfer’s dream. COUNTY SLIGO GOLF CLUB, CO SLIGO Set in the picturesque seaside village of Rosses Point, the 27-hole complex County Sligo Golf Club course is regarded as one of the great championship […]

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Stunning vistas, rolling sand dunes, dramatic cliff edge backdrops – golfing along the Wild Atlantic Way’s world-class championship golf courses is every golfer’s dream.

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COUNTY SLIGO GOLF CLUB, CO SLIGO

Set in the picturesque seaside village of Rosses Point, the 27-hole complex County Sligo Golf Club course is regarded as one of the great championship links courses.The club is home to the famous West of Ireland Open amateur championship (since 1923), and has hosted many other prestigious events including the Home Internationals, the Irish Close and the Irish Professional Matchplay Championship.

 

OLD COURSE, BALLYBUNION, CO KERRY

Having gained a reputation as one of the best links golf courses in the world, The Old Course, Ballybunion, is covered with rolling sand hills and grassy dunes. The challenging layout features narrow, contoured fairways that feel as though they are tunneled through the dunes. The already beautiful landscape is further enhanced by the stunning views of the Atlantic.

WATERVILLE GOLF LINKS, CO KERRY

Continually rated among the top five courses in Ireland, and in the top 20 links courses in the world, Waterville Golf Links is an exceptional experience. Over 100 years old, Waterville combines sand dunes, gorse and native grasses, firm fairways, sod faced bunkers and subtle putting surfaces, all intertwined by the ever-changing weather.

OLD HEAD GOLF LINKS, KINSALE, CO CORK

Built on 220 acres of land and jutting out into the Atlantic, Old Head Golf Links offers stunning ocean views, and an exceptional golfing experience. The links and practice area occupy 180 acres, with the remaining 40 acres taken up with unspoilt cliffs, which frame the course. With the ever-changing sea breezes, the course provides a stern test to the touring pro and the high handicapper alike.

DOONBEG GOLF LINKS COURSE, CO CLARE

Designed by two-time British Open Champion Greg Norman, the world renowned 18-hole championship, Doonbeg Golf Links Course at Trump International Golf Links & HotelTM Ireland (formerly the Doonbeg Golf Club), spans 1.5 miles of crescent shaped beach and century old sand dunes along Doughmore Bay. The County Clare golf course was officially opened in 2002 and immediately earned the prestigious title of Golf Digest’s Best New International Course.

ENNISCRONE GOLF CLUB, CO SLIGO

Repeatedly a top-20 links course in Golf Digest’s review of Irish golf courses, Enniscrone Golf Club’s Dune course is now considered one of Ireland’s top-ranked championship links courses. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Nephin and Ox Mountains, and the Atlantic Ocean, Enniscrone is a must-play for golf enthusiasts.

LAHINCH GOLF CLUB, CO CLARE

Ranked among the world’s greatest links courses, The Old Course, one of two 18-hole courses at Lahinch Golf Club, is a classic seaside links layout with rolling greens and undulating fairways. The towering sand dunes that cover the landscape guarantee that golfers will encounter several blind shots. The unpredictable winds coming off the ocean add an interesting twist to the round.

CARNE GOLF LINKS, BELMULLET, CO MAYO

Lying amidst one of the most beautiful, breathtaking and unspoilt of areas in Ireland, Carne Golf Links is famed the world over for its exceptional golf course and the surrounding white sandy Atlantic beaches that stretch for miles. Overlooking Blacksod Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Carne Golf Links was the last links course to be designed by the late Eddie Hackett and it is now believed by many who have played it to his greatest challenge.

PORTSALON GOLF LINKS, CO DONEGAL

One of the oldest golf courses in the world, with golf being played here since the 1880s, the Portsalon Golf Links is ranked as one of the top courses in Ireland by Golf Digest. The club was one of the founder members of the Golfing Union of Ireland, the oldest golfing union in the world. Stretching along Ballymastocker Beach, which was voted the second most beautiful beach in the world by Observer readers, golfers at Portsalon are in for a treat of the senses and a true golf links test.

TRALEE GOLF COURSE, CO KERRY

Built by Arnold Palmer, Tralee Golf Course has all the ingredients of an exceptional Irish golfing experience – beautiful surroundings, stunning views of the Atlantic, and a challenging course. One of the finest courses in Ireland, Palmer chose it to be his first golf course in Europe.

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