St Valentine's Day this year falls on a Tuesday, much to the chagrin of restaurants and bars around the capital. It's hard to really relish every drop of that expensive Pomerol with an early conference call lurking in the back of your mind. Unless you relocate your celebrations to the weekend, here are some romantic … Continue reading Five Things To Do In Dublin On St Valentine’s Day
The Dublin Mint Office, just announced The Flowing Hair Coin; the first dollar ever minted in the United States, will arrive in Dublin amongst heavy security to go on show to the public in the RDS, Dublin next weekend. The 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar is believed to be the first dollar coin ever to be … Continue reading First Dollar Ever Minted Is Coming to the RDS!
By Fiona Sherlock Did Paddy Kavanagh ever write a poem on a Monday? My grandaunt told of how filthy his collar was, Propped up the bar in the Hibernian Club, There but for the grace of his lines. A crème de menth for a quote, A pint of stout for a story A currency lost … Continue reading Baggot Street
BOOK REVIEW In this video, I review Catherine Bailey's The Secret Rooms.
The bookies was dark and noisy as my grandmother led me in, the gold on her wrist as yellow as Spanish Armada treasure. The cigarette smoke whirled around my little blonde curls. It was lunchtime on my second birthday, and the 145th Grand National was just about to be run. My grandmother hoisted me onto … Continue reading A Toddler and the Grand National
A fine train is a curious place to be. You may remember I wrote about how to host a murder mystery party, the setting for which was the Orient Express. The 'Belmond Grand Hibernian' set to launch next summer, will bring similarly salubrious surroundings to Irish train passengers, without the poison, stabbing and double crossing … Continue reading All Aboard the Belmond Grand Hibernian, Ireland’s answer to the Orient Express
The lies started months before. Opening a new email address, I began hiding bank statements. Organising a secret weekend away to Amsterdam, I was having an affair with Google. In the weeks and months proceeding, I fantasised about telling him, “We’re not going to my mothers in Navan, we’re going to Amsterdam for a weekend … Continue reading Romance on the Canals – Amsterdam Weekend Break
Do you realise Skins aired on Channel 4 in 2007? That’s eight years ago, and was my first introduction to the city of Bristol, which I visited for a quickie weekend away before Christmas. Less than a twenty minute train journey from the upmarket and historical Roman spa town of Bath, there is something for … Continue reading A Weekenders Guide to Bristol and Bath
Ever since Ptolemy mentioned Eblana polis in 140 AD, there has been a settlement in Dublin. A city with such a long lifespan is bound to have a few cantankerous spirits, so here's our list of the top ten ghosts in Dublin and where you might find them. 1. Darkey Kelly – The Green Woman Darkey … Continue reading Want to Have a Pint With Robert Emmet? – Top Ten Dublin Ghosts
In this video, I talk through four types of winter hats, including a navy felt trilby from House of Fraser; a pillbox from Village Hats; a baboushka style hat from Jack Murphy and a faux fur headband from Marks and Spencers