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EAT, DRINK AND BE PADDY!

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Lá Fhéile Pádraig: The day the world wants to be Irish Top of the morning to ya, begorra isn’t it that time of the year again; when Irish eyes are smiling, when fully grown adults revert to a prepubescent psyche and rampage through the once cobbled hamlets and boroughs of our fair isle. Tomorrow is of course St. Patricks Day, or Paddy’s Day as it is more commonly and increasingly … [Read more...]

LAID-BACK LUXURY: Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel In Purtugal’s Western Algarve

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Located in the Western Algarve, the five star Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel is possibly Portugal’s best kept secret…however I predict it won’t be a secret for much longer. A combination of amazing facilities offering indoor and outdoor sports, cafés, restaurants, day spa and gym, as well as a glorious beach less than half a minute amble from the hotel foyer, coupled with a dedicated … [Read more...]

THE DAILY UPDATE AT THE MOVIES: LES MISÉRABLES – REVIEW

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Directed by: Tom Hooper Starring: Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Amanada Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks In cinemas January 11th I am a self-confessed Francophile; if it is French then I am predisposed to loving it. In saying that I had only the ghost of the story of Les Misérables haunting the edges of my awareness; I had … [Read more...]

INTERIORS: IKEA’S NEW INTERACTIVE CATALOGUE

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These days it seems that when one is looking for a new kitchen, some scented candles or just a helping of tasty Swedish meatballs, IKEA is the place to go. Offering, in their own words; “living solutions for the many with a price to fit every wallet”, this September saw the launch of the 2013 IKEA catalogue. This is the third such launch since the Dublin store opened in 2009, and 20,000 … [Read more...]

CITY BREAKS: DISCOVER EDINBURGH

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Gearoid Kelleher discovers the wonders of the Scottish capital.   If Edinburgh was a whiskey it would be an aged single malt; inviting, mysterious, and warming with a very pleasant and long lasting palette. It, as my mother says, “has a taste of more”. Having had the pleasure of spending a weekend in Edinburgh recently I can honestly say that I am itching to return. The … [Read more...]

DISNEY’S BRAVE: PRE-RELEASE REVIEW

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In cinemas August 3rd Brave is the latest cinematic offering from the animated powerhouse that is Disney Pixar. Set in and around 9th/10th century Scottish Highlands, this Celtic homage tells the story of the Clan Dunbroch, focusing on spirited young Merida, her relationship with her parents and them coming to terms with her typical adolescent independence. The movie is however more than that, … [Read more...]

WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT!

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Gearoid Kelleher on love, life and clichés. Well Ms Turner, according to John, Paul, George and Ringo, love is all you need. Others say that it is more than a feeling and it will lift you up where you belong. Of course some of you may believe these postulations and have quite possibly mangled them on the dance floor, or in the shower, at some stage. I can unashamedly say I am an old … [Read more...]

THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT!

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Have you ever found yourself wondering what 25 ounces is in kilograms? Or what your partner would look like as a zombie? Well wonder no more. Say goodbye to sleepless nights because, as Gearoid Kelleher discovered, there is an app for that. The oxford dictionary defines an app as a self-contained program or piece of software downloaded by a user to a mobile device designed to fulfil a … [Read more...]

APPLE, STEVE JOBS AND THE iPHONE 4S

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Gearoid Kelleher pays tribute to the Apple genius and reviews the new iPhone 4S The past week has been one of mixed emotions for many people who are fans of the Apple universe. It began with the highly anticipated launch of what we now know as the iPhone 4S followed, by the sad news that Apple’s former CEO, Steve Jobs, lost his battle with cancer. The news of Jobs’ death broke early on … [Read more...]