AS the boat gently nudged out of the harbour, the isolated island emerged slowly through the mist. I felt a rising sense of anticipation as we set off into the unknown. I knew exactly where we were going, but had no idea what to expect. Just before arrival, a voice came over the tannoy: “Alcatraz, so much more than just a prison.”
TO be truthful, a trip to Roscommon for a short break wouldn’t have been something I would have thought a lot about in the past.
But after TWO recent visits to the county it’s now top of my priority list. Specifically, the wonderful Kilronan Castle Estate and Spa. It’s magical, but also affordable.
Looking for a spring break in a beautiful and colourful setting not too far from home, leaving behind the gloom of the UK Winter - then ROBIN NOWACKI recommends a visit to the châteaux gardens of France’s...
By Colin McAlpin
IT isn’t just a bunch of the boys who whoop it up in beautiful West Cork … it’s the sort of place where everybody feels on top of the world. West Cork, indeed, is a world apart.