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STILL PLEASING THE MOST PERNICKETY

BRIAN McCALDEN takes a short break in the famed McGrory’s Hotel in Culdaff, County Donegal…

BACK in the mid-1960s, heavily industrialised Belfast was busy, smoky, polluted and noisy, with green spaces limited mainly to the more affluent suburban areas.

It was no wonder then that the (much) younger me took to the McGrenahans’ isolated farmhouse like a duck to water.

Cattle grazed nearby, the family’s sheep were frequently hassled by the farm collie - when off duty from his professional role – herding them for the farmer.

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HOLIDAY LIKE A CELEBRITY IN SIZZLING SOUTH AFRICA!

April/May 2017 ‘An Agent Abroad’ winner, SIMON THOMAS O’NEILL from Oasis Travel admits being a travel agent has its perks as he shares his amazing South African Experience…

Being a travel agent certainly has it perks and they don’t come much better than a seven-day trip of a lifetime, experiencing the luxury, diversity and serenity of a country like South Africa.

South Africa is a year-round destination popular with sun worshippers, adventure seekers, cultural tourists and wine lovers seeking good value for money. Genuine hospitality is in abundance. South Africa has something for everyone.

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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE FAMOUS…

Isn't it wonderful when you come across a hotel with a truly fascinating story behind it? You can almost feel the life of those years gone by pulsing in its very walls. Llangoed Hall, in South Wales, is one of those hotels. Recent guest ANDREA McVEIGH tells us more…

Just nine miles away from Hay-on-Wye and its annual Hay Festival, numerous famous festival guests have stayed in this magnificent stately pile, including Jane Fonda, Sting and Bill Clinton.

The building itself, set in magnificent private grounds, is positively steeped in a rich history dating back to 560 AD, when the original Llangoed Castle was first recorded on the site. Subsequently used as a monastery, it was also home to the White Palace, Wales’s first parliament building. Rebuilt in 1632 by Sir Henry Williams in the classic Jacobean Manor House style, the family lost it as part of a gambling debt and it then became part of the estate of Lord Glanusk.

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FIVE BEST BITS OF BEAUTIFUL BALI

KAREN WALLACE travelled to Bali to discover what the Indonesian island has to offer inquisitive tourists…

When you step off a plane and smell the fragrance of frangipanis, hear the gamelan’s melodic riff, and see bright colours all around, you know you’ve landed on the tropical Indonesian island of Bali.

Seminyak

My first stop was a short taxi ride north from Denpasar airport, to the cosmopolitan town of Seminyak. Filled with boutiques, designer outlets, spas and cafes, it has rapidly expanded since my first trip to Bali six years ago.

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Partying like a celebrity in LA

CIARAN MULLIGAN heads off to LA, business class, and parties at the haunts of the celebs…

WANT some good news? When flying to LA you now have a number of airlines to choose from, either direct with Aer Lingus or on a new Dreamliner with Ethiopian Airways.

The other options are via London with Virgin Atlantic or in my case flying Business Class with British Airways on the new Airbus A380.

Flying Business Class with British Airways is always delightful. From the time you visit the galleries business class lounge, to your priority boarding, you always feel looked after.

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