Happy St. Patrick’s Day, or Paddy’s Day as us Irish like to call it. This is possibly one of the greatest days of the year, a day where our little nation gets noticed and celebrated by the world. Sure we’re so much craic why wouldn’t you all want to celebrate with us?!
Unfortunately, for the first Paddy’s Day ever, I have to work. This week is also the busiest week of the year where I work, but I’ve got my green hat on and I’m embracing it. The music is playing on the radio, we’re having a sing song, and most of all, we’re having fun.
I don’t know one person who isn’t proud to be Irish. For such a small country, we’ve got a pretty big presence around the world, and it’s on days like today that we feel most proud.
So wherever you are this Paddy’s Day, I hope you’ve got a nice cold drink in your hand and you’re getting ready for some craic agus ceoil.
Sláinte bar agus beannacht libh go leir. Lá fhéile pádraig sona duit!
At the beginning of this year I told you all that Dave and I were planning to have the ‘year of the holiday’ this year (for those of you who missed the post you can read it here).
Okay so it’s March and really we should have done a lot more travelling by now, but today we are going to Kenmare in Kerry for one of my best friend’s weddings, and we are super excited. Eeeek!
The wedding is in the stunning Sheen Falls Lodge which neither Dave or I have ever been to, so we can’t wait to get there and spend a few days with the lovely Bride and Groom.
I’m lucky enough to be one of the bridesmaids for the wedding so I literally cannot contain my excitement! There is nothing more special, or emotional, than watching one of your closest friends walk down the aisle, especially when you get to be there for all the special moments and behind the scenes preparations.
It’s going to be an incredibly special weekend and I’m so, so proud and honoured to be part of it all.
Next week I’ll share a full post on the hotel itself and let you know how we get on. But for now, I’m roadtrippin’!
This day last week I posted about going on a girls weekend away to a secret location for my good friend Nikki’s hen party which I can now reveal was at the lovely Village at Lyons in Kildare. Although this was to be my first travel review, I have failed miserably so you will have to forgive me! Due to hen celebrations and copious amounts of Prosecco, there wasn’t much time for reviewing and photo taking. But I will share what I have…
I’ve heard so much about the Lyons Estate over the past few years, it has become a very popular venue for weddings and I can see why. From the moment you arrive you’re transported into an air of relaxation and luxury, and although the weekend wasn’t about relaxation for us, we still took some time to appreciate the beautiful buildings and stunning surroundings.
We had booked three of the self-catering cottages for our night away and they didn’t disappoint. We were staying in the Jolly Angler cottage when upon entering, you are greeted by marble floors, two bright living rooms and very large kitchen which was perfect for entertaining. Upstairs, four poster beds and luxurious furnishings are found throughout each of the three bedrooms as well as en-suite bathrooms in each. The old stone buildings are so picturesque with duck egg green painted doors and windows. And the old 70s VW Van sitting in the cottage courtyard is very boho (wedding photo op alert!).
On Saturday evening we ate in the hotel’s main restaurant, dinner is usually a three course menu but we had lots of sweet treats back in our house so opted for two courses instead. I went with a deep fried brie salad to start (so bold but so delicious!) which was followed by a medium rare fillet steak with parsley mash. The food was of a very high standard and got great feedback from all the girls. The breakfast the following morning was equally good, not a huge selection, but it had everything you need to abate a hangover that’s for sure!
As reviews go, this really isn’t a proper one I’m aware! I promise I’ll do better next time. But if you’re ever looking for a relaxing weekend away then I would say this one is definitely worth giving a go. I can’t comment on the house bedrooms, but the self-catering is very comfortable and pretty. There aren’t many facilities in the hotel itself, there is a café which was unfortunately closed when we were there, but that staff are amazing and incredibly helpful, there are lovely grounds for walking, and, it is close to Kildare Village if you fancied a girly shopping trip with a night or two away thrown in.
So there you go. That’s the first new place I’ve visited in 2016 to put on my resolution list.