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The ABC of Ireland’s top golf courses and nearby luxury hotels

Adare Manor Golf   Ballybunion Old Course Baltray   Carton House Hotel  
Druids Glen Wicklow       K Club Kileen Course     Lehinch 
Portmarnock    Portmarnock    Royal County Down   Royal Dublin
The Heritage Golf     The Island Dublin Tralee Golf Club    Waterville

 

Starting with A for one of Ireland’s leading 5 star castle hotels, Adare Manor. The resort is set on a magnificent estate in the heart of the pretty village of Adare, Co. Limerick and within putting distance of Shannon Airport (okay that was an exaggeration).  You will be in good company at one of Ireland’s top golf resorts and home to the JPMcManus Pro-Am.

 

B on the west coast of Kerry overlooking the Atlantic Ocean finds two wonderfully unique and challenging links golf courses at Ballybunion – the Old Course and the Cashen. Whichever you choose will present you with a challenge at every hole, sand dune, hazard and every shot, an experience shared by a Mr William Clinton not too long ago.

 

C is for Carton House.

 

As a reward for his help with the Normans, Maurice Fitzgerald was appointed Lord of Maynooth and handsomely rewarded with the townlands that now include Carton House. This historic house is still at the centre of vast private parklands with no less than two championship golf courses, a leisure centre with all the trimmings and more.

 

Dashing right on through to Waterville, which is rated as among the top five courses in Ireland and the top 20 links courses in the world,.no mean feat for a course that’s over 100 years old. And plenty of choices on where to put up your feet after a long day on the green including Aghadoe Heights Hotel, Ballygarry House Hotel and Hayfield Manor

 

Take a trip through our guide to those 5 star luxury hotels of Ireland which will make your golfing trip even more special.

 

 

Warm rain, cool surfers and fast horses in Ireland this July

Posted by on Jun 25th, 2012 in Sports | 0 comments

Warm rain, cool surfers and fast horses in Ireland this July

While for many, summer in Ireland is when the rain is warm, for sports fans at least, things are hotting up. Cricket anyone? It may not be Ireland’s most popular pastimes but it is more popular since Ireland’s epic run into the Super8 of the 2007 Cricket World Cup since when it  developed a new fan base and onto through to the heady days of 2011 when Ireland recorded a historic victory over rivals England in the World Cup. In July they face Afghanistan three times as part of the World Cricket League and the ICC Intercontinental Cup in the Clontarf Cricket Club and the Leinster Cricket Club respectively. There is nowhere to hide from GAA in Ireland in July. As the biggest and most popular sport (dating back to the ancient Tailteann games which took place right up until the Middle Ages), the provincial finals of the Leinster, Connacht, Munster and Ulster Senior Football and Hurling championships take place with every one of the 32 counties competing to be provincial kingpins. No shortage of venues wherever you are, Croke Park in Dublin, Fitzgerald Stadium in the Kingdom, St. Tiernan’s Park right up there in Clones or a host of other venues. “Nothing beats being there” is the old championship slogan, so you too can witness the silverware of the world’s oldest field games being lifted at a venue near you.  And for the idealists amongst you, savour the thought that all this passion and emotion is played out by amateurs, the most professional ones of course. Managers and players are in it for the glory, accolades, sense of competition, to win, all values considered higher than money in a most professional sport. Even with the ongoing European Soccer Championships, the domestic soccer season will continue in earnest in July. Whether you want to check out a match in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick or many other towns across the country, the League of Ireland will have a game for you. Witness the history and tradition of Shamrock Rovers, Shelbourne and Athlone Town battle it out in the country’s domestic leagues this summer in a ground near you. With a long and distinguished equine tradition, both home and abroad, there are a number of exciting horse racing festivals in July, with the Curragh in Kildare an ever popular venue. Having played host to some of the biggest races in the world in the past, the Curragh will come alive this July as the Irish Oaks racing comes to town for a weekend. Bellewstown, Meath and Killarney, Kerry also play host to some stunning horse racing events during the month. And the biggest racing festival of them all is of course, the Galway races.  Held on the last Monday of July annually, it is the longest of the race meets in the country. Believed to have started in 1869 and while they haven’t been going 24/7 since they do last for seven days. Ladies day is the most stylish and busiest day of the week, and over 150,000 people are expected to attend the festival. So put on a nice frock or top hat and check out the fillies, fabulous fashion and have a flutter in Galway this summer. Still on the four-legged theme and if the gee gees aren’t enough,...

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