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September 2013

Customer magazine of the year

Green shoots The new breed of Irish farmer

On the trail of Irish adventure races

Running wild West Coast wonder

Filmmaker John Butler revisits San Francisco

Mamma Mia!

Saoirse Ronan takes the lead

All grown up

Stockholms Abba moment

Free-wheeling holidays
Cycle the South Downs

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The good life farmer Pat Lalor

Spirit of adventure


West coast cool

28 RISE OF THE RONAN EMPIRE Actor Saoirse Ronan holds court with Tony Clayton-Lea 34 BACK TO THE LAND The new radicals of Irish farming by Emily Hourican 46 WACKY RACES Ben Webb survives adventure racing in Connemara 60 TAKE A CHANCE ON STOCKHOLM Brian Finnegan in ABBA heaven 72 BAY DREAMS San Francisco casts a spell on John Butler 84 UPS AND DOWNS Sophie Pedal Power Davies saddles up in the South Downs 98 5 BEST SPAS Pampering paradises by Lucy White

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04 ARRIVALS We meet passengers fresh off the plane at Dublins T2 07 CHECK IN Ideas on where to stay, eat and visit this September 18 WHATS IN MY SUITCASE Jetsetter Jemma Cassidys travel essentials 22 SMART TRAVELLER Galle Humbert on Budapest, plus business lunching in Barcelona 24 SHELF LIFE Bridget Hourican marvels at The Modern Explorers, and shortlists new Irish debuts 20 ON MY TRAVELS Into the wild with cameraman Doug Allan 26 SHOW TIME Daragh Reddins Dublin fringe and theatre festival edits

104 48 HOURS IN MANCHESTER Lucy White is mad for it 107 AN INSIDERS GUIDE TO TORONTO Linn Vizards top tip-offs 111 AER LINGUS INFLIGHT The latest films, TV, music and flight information 136 TRIP OF A LIFETIME Donncha OCallaghan visits Lebanon with UNICEF


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who lives and works in rural West Sussex, writing about gardening and all things outdoor-related from her garden shed. She cycled the South Downs Way for Cara this summer, see page 84, and has become somewhat obsessed with mountain biking ever since. I see a hill now and I want to cycle up it, she says. Sophie especially loved the literary aspects of the trip lingering in Much Ado Books in Alfriston and stopping off to admire the wonderful paintings at Charleston Farmhouse. This, and the sheer achievement of reaching the finishing post at the end.

Sophie Davies is a freelance journalist

Kevin Waldron is an Irish childrens book writer and illustrator. Born in Dublin he now lives in New York. His latest book is called Pandamonium at Peek Zoo (2013), by Templar Publishing. For Cara, he created a quirky map to run with a feature on Aer Lingus new destination, San Francisco, see page 72. Im flying to San Francisco in two weeks to visit a friend, so this map came up at the perfect time. I have a dreadful sense of direction, drawing maps is the only way for me to commit it to memory. Im always scribbling directions and sticking them in my pocket. Brian Finnegan is a Dublin-based author

and magazine editor, who has translated the obsessive love he had for ABBA during his youth into his second novel, Knowing Me Knowing You. The most pleasurable parts of my research for the book were my trips to Stockholm, he says. I immersed myself in all aspects of the city, and I instantly fell in love with its contradictions. Its a place thats at once as clinically functional as an IKEA flatpack kitchen, and as warm and homely as a cinnamon bun and coffee. He visits Stockholm for Cara on page 60.

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September 2013

Customer magazine of the year

Green shoots The new breed of Irish farmer

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On the trail of Irish adventure races

Running wild

Filmmaker John Butler revisits San Francisco

West Coast wonder

Mamma Mia!

All grown up
SaoirSe ronan takeS the lead

Stockholms ABBA moment

Free-wheeling holidays

Cycle the South Downs

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Actor Saoirse Ronan photographed by Fabrizio Maltese.

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who? Wendy Read Flying in From London Heathrow here For ... Wendy has popped across the water to enjoy some time visiting family in Ireland.

who? Julius Cervo and Savannah Duggan Flying in From Glasgow here For ... This Canadian duo are hoping to bump into Colin Farrell while holidaying around Ireland!

who? From left, Freya and Elise Reilly Flying in From Faro here For ... These smiley sisters have just had twelve days of fun in Portugal, but are excited to be home for their new cousins christening.

The sun shone on Dublins T2 this summer, where Cara magazine welcomed Aer Lingus passengers on their holidays and ahead of family gatherings.
who? From left, Rory Draper and Stephen Donovan Flying in From Berlin here For ... The boys in green live in Madrid and are home for the first time in six months. They roamed around Berlin for two weeks but cant wait to see friends and family.


who From left, Zara Rocks and Rebecca Seed Flying From Zurich here For ... Rebecca is staying with Zaras family in Cork for a whole week. This lucky young lady was met by her pal who travelled up especially to help Rebecca begin her Irish adventure.


who? Kevin Keane Flying in From Geneva here For ... This happy chap is back home after a few days in France. Kevin spent his time cheering on his friend who was cycling in the Tour de France.

who? Olivia and Ruairi Moriarty Flying in From Brussels here For ... Olivia and Ruairi are home after holidaying in Belgium. Ruairi is very pleased to come back to sunshine.

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Clodaghs Kitchen

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This iconic building on Dublins Henry Street is Irelands largest and longest established department store. Arnotts is home to the worlds best in beauty, fashion for men and women, homewares, all the latest in technology and Irelands largest and loveliest shoe department, The Shoe Garden. There are several places to eat, including Clodaghs Kitchen, in which everything is homemade by celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna. In other words, Arnotts is more than just shopping. It is an experience.


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Kilkenny may be best known for its annual comedy festival, however, this month its a magnet for hikers, bikers and walkers, gourmands, artisans, foragers and all-round inquisitive types. Trail Kilkenny is a September-long festival designed to prevent folk from premature hibernation; gently coaxing us out on to craft, heritage, nature and food trails, moonlit strolls and dog walks, hill hikes even Canadian canoeing. Meanwhile, Mount Juliet golf and spa resort invites the green-fingered to meet horticultural and food experts, gillie Eddie Collins, executive chef Cormac Rowe and gardener Paddy Daly, above, in its verdant walled garden. September 1-29;

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Branch out before the weather turns, at one of these leafy lodges

New Milton, New Forest, Hampshire, England The very height of luxury, Chewton Glens twelve deluxe, stilted suites have the most amazing panoramic forest views. Glass-framed decks mean you can even enjoy the great outdoors from your double Villeroy and Boch bathtub, while the main house and spa are just a golf buggys drive away. Bliss. Suites from 820 B&B and dinner. +44 1425 282212;

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Tawley, Co Leitrim, Ireland Teapot Lane was Irelands first glamping destination, introducing yurt accommodation to the tentpegphobic public. It has since added a cute vintage caravan, and in May, branched out with a tree house a plush pad three metres above ground level for two to three guests, resplendent with a pot belly stove for those autumnal nights, a kitchen area and even a wine fridge. B&B from 150.

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France, nationwide Environmentally-conscious families with a sense of adventure will love La Cabane en lAir, a network of some 200, all-yearround tree house campsites all across France. With heights ranging from four metres to 22, theres a cabin for everyone although, in the spirit of sustainable tourism, many lack electricity. Shower blocks are the name of the game. B&B from 115 for two.

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1960 Broadway, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, US Channel the Swiss Family Robinson at one of these 60 three-bedroomed tree house villas. Positioned about three metres above ground, each ample suite (they can fit up to nine guests) has a kitchen, private decking and even its own driveway. Villas from $797. resorts

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When we marry the sexiness of salsa to the thunder of Irish dance, the lyricism of tango to the yearning of sean-ns, what a night of storytelling we shall have, ponders Irish author Joseph OConnor, who wrote the narrative and lyrics to Heartbeat of Home, the latest from the Riverdance stable. From September 25 to October 12 at Dublins Bord Gis Energy Theatre, a 28-strong cast, a ten-piece band and 3D technology combine for a world premiere of music by Brian Byrne and choreography by David Bolger.
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US brand Proof Eyewear has crossed the Atlantic, its lacewood, ebony and mahogany glasses made from sustainably sourced, 100 per cent biodegradable materials. Prices from 85.

Branching out

This September 19-22, Irish style maven Angela Scanlon is hosting main stage catwalk shows at London Fashion Weekend . Im very excited, she admits, of a vast programme that also includes pop-up shops and beauty sideshows. The Vodafone Live Lounge is always fun so Ill be legging it there to catch some talks. Ill also be sneaking off to buy some JW Anderson clothes, Linda Farrow shades, maybe some Dominic Jones jewellery ... Now London based, does she ever miss Ireland? I miss the craic, and the bacon. But not the public transport! she laughs. londonfashionweekend. / @angelascanlon

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Pop go the artists

Andy Warhol is a household name, but Marisol Escobar? Well known, certainly, around New York during the swinging sixties, the Venezuelan artist has largely been overshadowed by her male Pop Artist pals. But MCA: DNA Warhol & Marisol at Chicagos Museum of Contemporary Art addresses the imbalance somewhat, juxtaposing the friends different approaches to portraiture, and their mutual fondness of motifs and found objects. Warhols silk-screen paintings are shown alongside Marisols wooden sculptures and plaster castings from September 21 until June 15, 2014.


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Whats cooking in Vienna?

This month, Dubliner Brian Patton, right, of Viennas Irish pub Charlie Ps, takes Eoin Higgins on a whirl through Austrias capital.

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September signifies sturmtime, when wine bars serve the early fermenting grape juice, sturm, for just a couple of weeks to celebrate the start of the wine harvest. Wieninger in Stammersdorf ( is popular with the locals, and their cold plates are also highly recommended. A must for any food lover is a visit to Viennas main food market, Naschmarkt. Or, stop for a bite at its Market Caf, which sources ingredients from the stalls. A DJ starting at 4pm, and the best coffee in town, make this the perfect spot to while away an evening. Weather permitting, an afternoon dip in the pool based on the ship Badeschiff is highly recommended, as is its casual dining restaurant Holy Moly run by Michelinstarred chef Christian Petz

( Popular pop-ups are Love Kitchen ( and Guerilla Bakery ( The formers an invite-only vegetarian lunch spot open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from which the owner hangs a tea towel outside her window to identify her location. The latter offers a modern take on a Viennese patisserie.

Another is Its All About The Meat Baby (, based on the Danube Canal, near Schwedenplatz. The beef is imported directly from Irish butchers, FX Buckleys, who mince three different cuts of meat combined to make burgers cooked on a coal barbecue. All cocktails are bespoke and the house draft beer is the unpasteurised Czech beer Kozel served from a 500-litre tank. Meatbaby leaves this location at the end of September but should pop up somewhere else soon


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Plane sailing
On September 15, Dublins skies will play host to FlightFest, a once-in-a-lifetime, two-hour flypast as part of the Gathering Ireland 2013. Organised by the Irish Aviation Authority and Dublin City Council, more than 30 civilian, military and historic aircraft Aer Lingus among them will follow the course of the River Liffey from Dublin Port to the Custom House, with participating aeroplanes including a B-17 Flying Fortress, a Vulcan delta wing bomber, a Strikemaster jet and a Superjumbo A380. And its a free event. Whats not to love?

Food Fiesta Gastronomes unite: From September 9-15, Waterford City hosts its sixth annual Waterford Harvest Festival. Loosen those waistbands to enjoy barbecues, banquets, artisan beerfests, cooking demos, celebrity cook-offs, masterclasses and more.


Eoin Higgins dives into the Galway Oyster Festival.

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Clare or Cork who will win the GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championships 2013? The deciding clash of the ash is on September 8 at Dublins Croke Park, the Banner Men meeting the Rebels in the first all-Munster final since 1997. On August 18, Limerick were knocked out of the championship, Clare effortlessly acing a seven point defeat, 1-22 to 0-18. But as one of the most successful hurling counties, the Corkonians are a tough nut to crack and with both counties having bounced back superbly since being beaten in their provincial summer championship, expect white knuckles this month. Less fraught will be Galways Aer Lingus International Hurling Festival, a global celebration of the game from September 18-21. / 12 |

The Munster mash

Whats it all about? Its the annual love-in for the opulent Irish oyster. Gregarious Galwegians, bivalve blow-ins, and mollusc maniacs converge on Galway city for the worlds longest running oyster festival. The shucking shindig heralds the Irish oyster eating season: September to April, or, any month with an r in it. What to expect? The festival opens in Galway Harbour with a marquee party that includes food tastings from the citys top restaurants; the national oyster shucking competition; and jiving to The Papazitas, the festivals eight-piece band. Highlights? Aside from the glitzy opening ceremony, where the newly-crowned Oyster Pearl presents the seasons first oyster to Galways mayor a tradition since 1954 the Oyster Masquerade street party is also a must-do. The night starts with an oyster

reception and traditional music, before parading to the next stop for a lush seafood banquet, then on to a third venue for desserts and entertainment till the small hours. Another must-see, on day two, is the World Oyster Opening Championship, which features international contestants competing for the world title. the details ... The Galway Oyster Festival runs from September 27-29.

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When size is everything

Tapas and mezze are so last season. Eoin Higgins rounds up the three best small-plate restaurants, the latest culinary trend.

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Ja its Lederhosen and Dirndl time. For despite the name, Munichs Oktoberfest kicks off this September 21, marking 16 days of wheat beer, wrst, fairgrounds and oompah ( Attracting more than six million people every year, Oktoberfest is the worlds largest fair. Its also one of Bavarias biggest exports, with eponymous offshoots popping up across the globe this month, including in Ireland: Georges Dock in Dublin, from September 19 to October 6 (, and Corks Oktoberfest Beag at the Old Beamish and Crawford Brewery September 5-14 (oktoberfest

A tattooed and bearded chef enfant terrible, Jesse Schenker, above, sharpened his knives at Gordon Ramsays The London, in New York City, before setting up his own ampedup small-plate offering in the West Village. Recette (328 West 12th Street, Greenwich Village, +1 212 414 3000; is an atmospheric joint where young profs and old pros chow down and chat up with NYC verve.

So what happens when Michelin stars meet Grammys? Cleaver East (East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, 01 531 3500;, the latest offering from Michelin starspangled duo, Oliver Dunne and Rory Carville, who have set up shop at The Clarence Hotel in Dublin city. The room is dark, yet somehow airy, with a strong industrial feel, the menu holds interest, the price is right, and the talent is apparent.

The groovy folks behind the Dairy (15 The Pavement, Clapham Old Town, London, +44 207 622 4165; work alongside the seasons, sourcing the finest produce, as well as growing a selection of ingredients in their urban garden. How very contemporary ... Such an ethos is buttressed with a link to tradition that produces exquisitely balanced small-plate masterpieces.


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Past and present collide at Dublin department store Brown Thomas this month, with archival pieces by Irelands first couturier, Sybil Connolly (1921-1998), displayed alongside items made by the nations new generation for an exhibition entitled CREATE. In her heyday, Connolly dressed Jackie Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor. Now, its the likes of participating jeweller Merle OGrady, who embellish the stars Beyonc and Kylie have worn her designs, while milliner Martha Lynn trained under Philip Treacy, and Emma Manley (her work pictured right) at Alexander McQueen. More fledgling talent includes knitwear ace Honor Fitzsimons. CREATE runs instore until September 24.

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Wish you were here

Nicola Carey, left, is a fulltime teacher in Holywood, Co Down. Shes been taking photographs as a hobby for nearly two years, with a keen interest in travel, street and landscape photography (see her edit at flickr. com/photos/necarey). Of this stunning photograph taken in Italys Burano, an island on the Venetian Lagoon: My family and I flew to Venice from Dublin at the start of July and stayed in the nearby resort of Lido Di Jeslo. Our final stop was the beautiful island of Burano, famous for its lacework and brightly coloured houses. I wanted to capture the colourful houses and their reflections in the water, which was quite tricky to compose without a tripod and at the end of a very tiring and hot day. But I managed to get this shot before having to quickly run back to the boat!

Have you a stunning photograph of your trip to an Aer Lingus destination to share? Send it to us at and well publish our favourite shot in the October/ November issue. The technicals Photographs must be a 300-dpi high resolution file and accompanied by a portrait of yourself and 100 words about the story behind the shot. The editors decision is final.

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Wildlife and documentary cameraman Doug Allan shares his polar pursuits with Sive OBrien.

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Over the past 35 years, Doug Allan has been involved in 60 films for the BBC, Discovery Channel and National Geographic (The Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Human Planet); has won seven Emmys; four BAFTAs, and many other awards. This month he tours his live show Doug Allan A Life Behind the Lens across Ireland from September 19 to October 4, and the UK from October 11-28, for more details, visit, or read about his adventures in the book Freeze Frame (Tartan Dragon).
t all began with diving, which led to a marine biology degree, which took me to the Antarctic in 1976. Photography was a big thing at the research station; it was the best way to show people the wonders of the place. A film crew briefly visited and I helped the cameraman, which made me realise this was something that encompassed all my interests. On my next contract south, I took a film camera and one thing led to another ... The best trip was when we captured killer whales watching the seals off the ice floes for Frozen Planet we knew it happened but exactly where and when were big unknowns. I was with Scottish cameraman Doug Anderson, accompanied

by two of the best killer whale biologists in the world, on a boat skippered by men Ive known for 20 years it doesnt get more special than that. The most influential place in my life has been Antarctica. Over an eleven-year period, I spent five-and-a-half years there diving, working with scientists, climbing and isolated for many months over the winters. Ive been back every year since; it still holds the allure. The most dangerous situation was when I was grabbed by a walrus in the water that was hairy. If hed held on when I hit him rather than let go, I wouldnt be here. Also, diving under ice; being near polar bears; edging on crampons across steep snow; filming at minus 40 degrees theyre all potentially dangerous

but the exciting satisfaction lies in being able to walk to the edge and bring back the shots. Most memorable filming was the time spent in the water with big marine mammals like the humpback whales in Tonga, or Weddell seals under the ice in the Antarctic. Being eye-to-eye with them in their environments, creating a genuine relationship with them, is true magic. The polar bear is the most charismatic animal Ive ever filmed; the greatest predator in the most challenging habitat on earth the frozen sea ice. The most interesting place Ive stayed is a hotel built entirely of blocks of salt on the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. Not exactly five star! My ultimate escape is the west coast of Ireland, where

Ive a cottage on the Renvyle peninsula. One day Ill live there for longer than just a couple of weeks at a time. My greatest adventure was summiting Shishapangma mountain in China at 8014 metres the 14th highest mountain in the world. It was the hardest thing Ive ever done. And that was for pleasure! Time away is never wasted even when the animal I seek is ultra elusive. I spent eleven weeks in Ladakh, India, for only an hour in the company of a snow leopard, and for 50 of those 60 minutes, she was asleep. Places on my wish list the New Caledonia islands in the Pacific Ocean; the summit of Aconcagua in the Andes, and a deep sea visit, around 4,000 metres below water.

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3 best wildlife tours

The Irish need not travel to Alaska to spot whales how about West Cork? As commander of Whale Watching Cork , zoologist Nic Slocum takes passengers out on his purpose-built mammalchasing vessel in search of minke sharks, bottlenose dolphins, left, and fin whales.

Rural Spain teems with diverse flora and fauna, and naturalist Julian Sykes knows exactly where to find them. As well as allyear-round nature trails, this month the Yorkshireman is offering bespoke Andalucan Mammals and Birds tours from September 28 to October 12.

Oyster and salt farms, wineries, navigating the crystalline waters of Soline Bay, the UNESCOprotected Durmitor National Park, and the deepest gorges theres much to see and do on Natural Habitat Expeditions Sea Kayaking and Hiking tours in Croatia and Dubrovnik.

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Networking in Budapest, or business lunching in Barcelona? Lisa Hughes scouts the hotspots.

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Galle Humbert, managing director of Renault Finance, travels for work frequently and her favourite city for doing business is Budapest.
Budapest is great for business travel because its compact and so easy to get around, but has all the advantages of a capital city. It offers good value for money, and the hotels great business rates make it an ideal destination for conferences and meetings. Best place for business meetings Historic locations, such as the Corinthia Hotel (Erzsbet krt 43-49, +36 1 479 4000;, one of the first major palaces in Europe, and the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace (Szchenyi Istvn tr 5-6, +36 1 268 6000;, located at the end of the Chain Bridge, are exquisite places to hold a meeting. Business lunch You can eat traditional Hungarian food in a very typical Hungarian atmosphere in Paprika Vendglo (Dzsa Gyrgy Way 72, +36 20 294 7944; I also like the mix of French Provenal cuisine and native gastronomy in the Abszint Caf and Restaurant (Andrssy t 34), which has a budget-friendly two-course lunch menu with a glass of wine for about 20. Best for business drinks I like Liszt Ferenc Ter, which is a very pretty square with lots of cafs and restaurants to choose from. Try one of Budapests specialities The Kerts, vintage open-air bars. My personal favourite is Szimpla Kert (Kazinczy St 14, +36 20 261 8669; Best business hotel In the Buda part of the city, the Hotel Gellrt (Szent Gellrt tr 1, +36 1 889 5500; danubiushotels. hu) and in the Pest part, The Meridien (Erzsbet tr 9-10, +36 1 429 5500; are both highly recommended. However, if Im visiting for at least three nights I prefer to rent an apartment which offers home comforts, like free internet and your own kitchen facilities. Wi-Fi Budapest developed very quickly with the latest technology, and you can easily find bars and cafs and of course hotels with free Wi-Fi. On your downtime If youre in the city around Christmas time, dont miss the festive fairs, especially the famous one on the Place Vrsmarty. And do go iceskating on the lake of the City Park near Heroes Square, or, Hosk tere, and eat the kurtos kalacs (a type of brioche). Or if youre in the city during spring/summer, spend some time on Margitsziget, an island in the middle of the Danube.

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Bridget Hourican follows some of the worlds greatest adventures, and also discovers some new Irish debuts.

Whos reading what?

Irish author Catherine Dunne on writing and travels.
YOUR LATEST BOOK IS SET IN AN UNSPECIFIED PLACE. DID YOU HAVE AN ACTUAL PLACE IN MIND? The location is deliberately non-specific. Complex family situations arise everywhere even in the most idyllic of locations. YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO WRITE? My office at home I love it. But writing travels well thats one of its many joys. WHATS THE BEST AND WORST BOOK YOUVE TAKEN ON A JOURNEY? Timing is so important with the books we read and, on that basis, I choose as the best The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields. I no longer remember the journey: but I still love the book. On the other hand, I still remember glorious Croatia but have forgotten every word of The Da Vinci Code. women are conservationists Is that telling me something? and ethnologists at heart, YOUR BOOKS HAVE BEEN TRANSLATED if not professionally, READ ZONE INTO NUMEROUS LANGUAGES. seeking to cherish The 13th International WHOS YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR and preserve, not Literary Festival Berlin IN TRANSLATION? My favourite is commercialise or ( returns always the author I have most recently alter, the places this September 4-15, its 200-odd discovered! Right now its Italian writer they traverse. programme including readings Dacia Maraini. They ski solo to by Irish authors John Boyne SPEAKING OF WHICH, YOURE the South Pole, and Anne Enright, a Graphic OFF TO ITALY TO RECEIVE THE sail the Atlantic in Novel Day, and kids BOCCACCIO PRIZE. ANY MUST-SEES? a leather boat and go events. Pisa. Certaldo Alto. Tuscany caving in Borneo. An
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In The Modern Explorers by Robin Hanbury-Tenison and Robert Twigger (Thames & Hudson, 24), 39 contemporary explorers, ranging from the famous and experienced (Ranulph Fiennes, Tim Severin) to the young and yetknown, are featured exploring some of the least visited, most challenging places in the world. Sections of the book are divided into terrains Polar, Desert, Rainforest, Mountain, Ocean, River, and, Lost Worlds, which sees Mark Norell dinosaur-hunting in Mongolia and Tahir Shah in search of King Solomons Mines. These men and

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Best new Irish debuts ...

Malarky by Anakana Schofield (Oneworld, 13.99). In this winner of amazon.cas First Novel Award, the narrator is a Mayo farmers wife with a gay son in Afghanistan and an unfaithful husband. Constant shifts in time, location and voice keep this lively and unexpected. Assured, humorous and a surprising debut. 24 |
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Ghost Moth by Michle Forbes (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 12.99). Set in Belfast, its main character, Katherine, is a talented young opera singer in 1949 and 20 years later a housewife and mother of four. A subtle, passionate story of private grief set against public crisis and the debut novel of short story writer Forbes.

Red Sky in Morning by Paul Lynch (Quercus, 14.99). Set in Ireland and America in the early 1800s, this follows Donegal-man, Coll Coyle, being stalked across Donegal, New York and Pennsylvania after he has murdered his landlord. There are as many film influences here as literary (Cormac McCarthy, Jim Crace).



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iven that this years Dublin Theatre Festival (September 26 to October 13, dublintheatrefestival. com) arrives with the decidedly puckish invitation to come out and play, its fitting that one of its signal shows is a farrago of circus skills, dance and comedy. Wunderkammer (September 25-29, Gaiety Theatre) is a mischievous blend of awe-inspiring derring-do and offbeat vaudeville, courtesy of Australias acrobatic troupe Circa. A sextet of suitably lithe performers will wow audiences with gasp-inducing aerial rope tricks, white-knuckle balancing acts and dont-try-this-at-home contortion. If that sounds far too intoxicating/frivolous for your tastes, rest assured theres plenty of chin-strokingly serious theatre taking place on terra firma. The Gare St Lazare Players have been lauded across the globe for their scrupulous Becketts prose; however, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its publication, theyll be taking on the Nobel laureates existentially charged tragicomedy Waiting For Godot (October 2-6, Gaiety Theatre). Two great Franco-Irish performers will also be hoping to

Dublin becomes a performance hub this month, its annual theatre and fringe festivals offering something for everyone, reports Daragh Reddin.

make their mark as part of this years programme, with works theyve adapted themselves. In the one-woman riverrun, Olwen Four, in association with Rough Magic, will give voice to celebrated extracts from James Joyces redoubtable Finnegans Wake (October 2-6, Project Arts Centre). Elsewhere, with recourse to song and storytelling, renaissance woman Camille OSullivan, right, takes on Shakespeares narrative poem The Rape of Lucrece (October 10-12, OReilly Theatre) in a show that has already garnered effusive reviews during a UK run. In a programme thats disappointingly light in terms of new Irish drama, its likely that The Hanging Gardens, Frank McGuinnesss latest play, and his first for the National Theatre in 14 years, should foment a considerable degree of attention (October 3-12, Abbey Theatre). Chasing at the heels of the Dublin Theatre Festival is its giddy and impetuous little sister, the Dublin Fringe (September 5-22, Despite waving farewell to Absolut this year, it remains as varied and vast a programme as ever and wouldnt be the Fringe without at least one

Renaissance woman Camille OSullivan takes on Shakespeares Rape of Lucrece.

ukulele-toting performance artist renowned for searing polemic. Step up New Yorks Taylor Mac (September 17-21, Smock Alley Theatre) whose abridged version of a 24-hour concert will feature at least one song from each decade of the 20th century. If you fancy seeing contemporary dance, physical theatre and performance art coalesce, then make time for Fatherland (September 17-21, The Lir) from Scotlands Nic Green. Its female protagonist examines paternal relationships, masculinity and family relationships if that sounds forbiddingly po-faced, keep in mind that in one show-stopping set-piece she invites fellas from the audience to get their equine groove on and gallop about like horses. Well this is the Fringe, after all.


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CULTURE NIGHT September 20 The concept is a simple but effective one: Irelands arts centres, museums and historical sites leave their doors open until well into the night for one day only and culture vultures as well as the curious can take advantage of free tours, talks and performances off the clock. Its always a convivial affair.

THE NEW YORKER FESTIVAL October 4-6 Arguably The Big Apples most erudite publication, The New Yorker plays host to an annual literature festival featuring a Whos Who of the worlds buzziest intellectuals. Its by no means a sombre affair, last years guests included Vampire Weekend and Girls creator Lena Dunham.

FESTIVAL NUMBER 6, September 13-15 Wales Portmeirion is the backdrop for this thoughtfully curated shindig that places as much emphasis on literature as culture. This year sees live performances from Manic Street Preachers and My Bloody Valentine, alongside spoken word events from Caitlin Moran and DBC Pierre.

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Rise of the Ronan empiRe

Irish actor Saoirse Ronan is all grown up and taking the lead role in a clutch of new movies this year. She tells Tony Clayton-Lea what its like to step out front.
ell, that didnt take too long, did it? Weve been wondering just how much time it would take for 19-year-old Saoirse Ronan to inch her way up movie credits lists to the point where she would be, quite literally, the lead actor. She was almost there with 2008s City of Ember, but was trumped by Bill Murray; she was close with 2009s The Lovely Bones, but was beaten to the punch by Rachel Weisz and Mark Wahlberg; she was a hairs breadth away with 2010s The Way Back, but Colin Farrell (darn that handsome man!), got there first. It started to change with 2011s Hanna, but Ronans titular teenage assassin character was slightly blinded by the co-star wattage of Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett. This year, however, is all-change for the Carlow woman. In the first six months of 2013, she has taken the leads in The Host, Byzantium and Violet & Daisy, while her

forthcoming movie, How I Live Now, fully establishes her as an actor who can appear in every scene and leave an imprint of her characters identity on your mind long after the film is over. The way she tells it, Ronan has sensed the difference in billing since Hanna, but realises that from this year onwards there are probably only two options to take: depending on the movie and the director, she will either lead from the front or work as part of an ensemble. With a film such as How I Live Now, its great to head it, and to lead a brilliant group of actors, too. Its lovely to be seen as that, but thats only par for the course because the movie has such high standards, anyway. In the film, which is directed by Kevin Macdonald, Ronan plays Daisy, a conflicted, sometimes bitter American teenager whose father packs her off to live with relatives in rural England. There will be, as the old song has it, trouble ahead not only with Daisy and her cousins but also with the world.

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Set in a not-too-distant future, How I Live Now (based on the young adult novel of the same name by Meg Rosoff) riffs on the premise of nuclear war, the breakdown of civilisation as we know it, and amidst such no-rules chaos the blossoming of love between teenage cousins. Not only is the film an intelligent treatment of the aforementioned subject matter but its also Ronans first real adult role and, as such, a genuine remove from her previous work. I guess it is, she accedes. I suppose an outsiders perspective is different from my own, which is why part of me thinks of the film as a collective piece of work. But, yes, there is a difference with this one. Ive been in films the whole way through before, but its probably because Im a little bit older here that people see a marked change. Indeed we do occasionally, Saoirse Ronan, you swear like a trooper and, unless were very much mistaken, you also have your inaugural intimate romance/love scene. My character is what I am that of an older teenager. Yes, the role is in many respects more grown up than a lot of other things Ive done and its definitely me taking 30 |
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Acting up How I Live Now is not only Ronans first adult role but her debut as a leading actor.

a step towards more adult-oriented roles. That has been gradual but I think Im getting there. Born in New York, the only child of Irish parents, Ronan and her family moved to Ireland when she was three years of age. She was inducted, you could say, into the world of filmmaking through her actor father, Paul, who has worked on films such as The Devils Own (1997) and Veronica Guerin (2003) as well as television shows such as Ballykissangel, The Clinic and The Tudors. Clearly, his daughter was bitten by the acting bug at an early age, and it continued to bite away at her as working on movie sets graduated from exciting novelty to established lifestyle choice. She came to startling prominence at the age of 13 in Atonement, director Joe Wrights film treatment of Ian McEwans acclaimed novel of the same name. Ronans portrayal of the young Briony Tallis who, in an act of betrayal, alters forever the lives of two people is perfectly poised, her instincts natural, her cut-glass, upper-class English accent effortlessly accurate. Its no wonder the Academy saw fit to nominate her for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar (she also received a BAFTA and a

Golden Globe Award nomination in the same category). Big oaks from small acorns grow, and so on, but was it an ambition even at that age to be where she is today? It was never really something I thought about, to be honest. The role I had in Atonement which was technically not a lead role, but was such an important character to the story had so much to her that I could play with, even though I hadnt fully realised at that point how to use the craft or, technically, knew how to use any sort of ability. I dont think most kids at that age or anyone who starts out without any training realise that. Its something more about instinct than anything else. It still is, to a degree, but obviously as you get older and the more experienced you are, you know how better to use it. And each film role is yet another valued learning experience in the process of becoming a better actor. It is crucial, she emphasises, to work with different directors. To date, Ronan has worked with a remarkable list of quality directors, including Peter Jackson, Joe Wright, Peter Weir, Neil Jordan and Kevin Macdonald. Next year, her film releases include The Grand Budapest Hotel, directed by Wes Anderson, and How to Catch a Monster, the directorial debut of acclaimed actor Ryan Gosling. She recalls that the working relationships experienced from her first few films undoubtedly shaped her as an actor, honed her work ethic and how she behaved on set. Thats still happening, she affirms. When youre working with intelligent directors such as, to name just two, Peter Jackson and Wes Anderson each of which is completely different its pushing you to be smarter about what youre doing. And when you have an intelligent script that you have to think about, it automatically ups your game. You learn from that and it will just make you a smarter actor. And, if youre really clever, a smarter person too? Oh, yes, it isnt like being in a class at school and reading a book about someone. In

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any film, youre given a character to portray and youre living their life, stepping into their world. So if its a period film, sci-fi, rooted in reality, or whatever, youll take something from it. Whether its emotional or intellectual, there is always something you can bring with you into your next piece of work. Ive always found that after playing a character, its affected me a little bit. Im able to walk away from it, of course, but it has kind of given me a different perspective and added something to my own personality, too. Its like if you read a great book, or see a really good film they can change the way you view things. Its the quality of the things you invest in thatll add to who you are. And the lessons learned about herself from her time and work on How I Live Now? I suppose not to be too hard all the time. I wouldnt be as tough on people as my character Daisy would be but while not necessarily applying this to myself it has made me understand why other people are a little standoffish at first or come across as a bit cold. Obviously, theres always a story in how people are, and just because theyre not like you or necessarily have the

same attitude towards things, or may not be as open as you, theres a good reason for it. Its about understanding what that reason is, isnt it? Its onwards and upwards for this remarkably impressive Irish actor who, in a short space of time, has managed to rack up a catalogue of work that, quite frankly, feels as if shes only just starting (and who, rather strategically, has said no to supporting roles in mega-budget movies with lengthy production schedules The Hobbit, Anna Karenina in order to be cast as the lead in ones with a lesser budget and that didnt take as long to make). Drama, romance, sci-fi, animation (Ronan adds her voice to the forthcoming 3D adventure fantasy film, Justin and the Knights of Valour), action, horror and comedy there seems little this young woman cant tackle. Director Peter Jackson has said of her that

Saoirse Ronan lends her voice to Talia, in the forthcoming animation movie, Justin and the Knights of Valour.

she has the X factor: Its more than just acting skill; she makes you want to watch her. Its an incredible quality that only the very best film stars have. If youre doing the same sort of things, the same kind of films, playing the same sort of characters, implies Ronan, then it makes you a bit lazy. Id think youd stop trying, wouldnt you? I get a bit nervous before every job because Im not sure if Im going to be able to do it, but Id certainly prefer that to feeling that everything is going to be a doddle. There have been times, she admits, where she has thought that a particular movie will be, as she has pointed out, a doddle. Yet it has turned out to be one of the hardest things Ive ever done. Ive learned its always important to have an attitude of upping your game and I have no plans to change that. Message understood Irelands most successful female actor (and shes not even 20!) has spoken. The rise of the Ronan Empire continues.
Justin and the Knights of Valour is in cinemas from September 13; How I Live Now is in cinemas from October 4.

The Likes of Saoirse Ronan ...

MUSIC I flick between the present and the past without any problem. Two of my favourite current bands are Beach House, an American dream-pop act, and Alt-J, from Leeds, who won the Mercury Prize last year. Older acts that I listen to include Fleetwood Mac, The Smiths and David Bowie. BOOKS Now that Im no longer tutored on set, I find the time between scenes perfect for chilling out with a book, so Ive always something on the go. Ive just had some time off, though, and during that I read Patti Smiths autobiography, Just Kids, top right, which focuses on her time in New York in the 1970s with the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and her entry into music. A wonderful book MOVIES Oh, there are way too many to mention, but I just love the first two Francis Ford Coppola Godfather movies. A documentary film that I also love is The Act of Killing; it was released last year, directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, and is an incredible piece of filmmaking about former Indonesian death squad leaders. RESTAURANTS Travelling a lot for my work means that I get to try all kinds of food. I love Mexican, and in my opinion, the best Mexican restaurant Ive been to in Ireland is El Paso (, which is right in the centre of Howth village, Co Dublin. Earlier this year, I celebrated my 19th birthday there a great night! BARS Naughtons, Quay Street, Galway (, is a great old pub full of nooks and crannies and snugs. Sandinos, Water Street, Derry (, is as cool as any cool New York bar. As for Doheny & Nesbitts, below right, Baggot Street, Dublin ( well, Dublin pubs are the best anywhere. CITY Always New York. Dublin it goes without saying, doesnt it? And I really liked Detroit I visited the city earlier this year to work on the new Ryan Gosling movie, How to Catch a Monster.

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ts September, and that means the National Ploughing Championships are putting up their tents. Producing the annual event must be a little like staging a series of massive weddings. Some 285 hectares of land, 190,000 visitors and 1,100 exhibitors. This is one of the biggest outdoor events in Europe a threeday showcase of all thats best about Irish farming, alongside all that is most innovative. The story it tells is one of imagination and a creative response to the challenges presented by weather and commodity prices, in a notoriously uncertain industry. Alongside the stated business of the championships ploughing are fashion shows, home and garden stalls, a food fair, craft village, bioenergy demonstrations, sheepdog trials and far, far more. The spirit of the championships the exuberance and energy demonstrated by those who visit and take part is the same spirit that is emerging throughout Irish farming. This is a huge industry, confirms Eddie Downey, deputy president of the Irish Farmers Association and a farmer with land next to Newgrange in Co Meath. Nine billion euro worth of exports annually, 300,000 jobs. We achieve the highest wheat yield in the world and we are the finest grass-

Theres nothing old world about Irish farming these days. Emily Hourican talks to innovators in the farming community whether that means investing in robotics or going organic. Photographs by Steve Ryan.

growing country. We have the best traceability system and the highest animal welfare standards. What the sector brings, however, isnt quantifiable only in terms of yield and production. Farming is the lynchpin of the tourism industry too. The fact that our country has such a beautiful appearance, the patchwork of fields and greenery, is thanks to farmers. And the farmers are very proud of what they do. Farming, then, is a foundation on which the entire country can continue to build, the bedrock of what we do so well. And it is currently in a good place. There are great opportunities for Irish agriculture, says Downey. Three hundred million consumers in Europe who need food, and 90 per cent of what we produce going to export. Figures released by Bord Bia show an eight per cent increase some 370 million in our food and drink exports in the first six months of 2013, relative to the same period in the year before. A deeper look shows that, despite CAP reforms at EU level, which means farms are steadily getting larger and farmers now have the freedom to farm whatever they want on their land, the importance of diversification is greater than ever. Each of our featured farmers is deeply engaged in adding value to the traditional business of farming.

Its a case of going the extra mile, and discovering that it will take you on a whole new journey; as Valerie Kingston of Glenilen Farm in Co Cork puts it: This started as a way to make pin-money. Now, we have a turnover of 3 million a year and employ 30 people in our locality. The old days of cottage industries being just that have been replaced with much greater possibilities in a globalised world. That, in turn, is inspiring a new generation of farmers, increasingly highly educated and motivated by choice rather than chance inheritance. The agricultural colleges are full, says Downey, now we must meet the challenges to ensure young people thrive in this industry. Farming as an industry has been a solid, dependable dynamo, quietly humming away in the background during the boom. Now, the face of Irish farming is evolving rapidly. From welcome infiltration into urban spaces provided by endeavours such as the Chocolate Factorys rooftop farm, growing organic herbs and vegetables in the heart of Dublin city, to the many new approaches taken by todays farmers, this is an industry that shows resilience, creativity and wonderful energy.
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Gwen Meredith

Derrylough, Rosenallis, Co Laois

The cows adapted within a week. They picked it up a lot quicker than I did. Gwen Meredith laughs. Shes explaining her switch to the high-tech world of farming robotics investing in a robot to do some of the most labourintensive work. I diversified from beef to dairy cattle, but didnt want to have to be tied to milking every morning and evening. So she outsourced, spending over 100,000 on a robot to do the job for her. Its a lot of money but it is working 24/7, and will do for over ten years. The cows come in when they want to be milked or, when they want fresh grass, they have to pass through the shed and are milked as they go. Gwen was born and brought up on the Portlaoise farm where she lives. She studied agriculture in the UK, then came home with the idea that I would get an off-farm job. But you get sucked in. That was ten years ago and Im still here full-time. Last year, she took over the farm from her father, who is technically retired, although he is still deeply involved, she says, its hard to retire on a farm. What has drawn her so that she cant let go, is that its just a lovely way of life. It can be stressful, with so many variables, but to be outdoors is the main thing. Next year, Gwen will get married. Her fianc, Trevor Carnegie, is a farmer too and the couple will live on Gwens farm. He has an automatic calf feeder, she says, but really, there is a limit to how much the farmers role can be taken over by technology. The welfare and health of the animals its still me who has that responsibility.


Milkwood Farm, Tawley, Co Leitrim

Klaus Laitenberger

To be out and have the freedom of the countryside, the smells, the sounds; its a sensory thing. To be with nature and work with nature, rather than just look at it, this is the joy, says Klaus Laitenberger, who has worked in horticulture all his life, and first came to Ireland from Germany to be head gardener at the Organic Centre in Co Leitrim. These days, he runs his own farm (mostly vegetables, also hens, ducks, geese) and lectures at University College Cork. He is also the author of Vegetables for the Irish Garden. What happened in Ireland was a sort of generation gap; a whole generation of people who didnt know how to grow their own food any more. But now consumers and the general public want Irish-produced fresh vegetables. Even so, the rate of conversion from conventional to organic farming is very slow. Only one per cent of land is cultivated organically, and that hasnt changed since Ive been here. Other countries would have 5-15%. He laughs about the unpredictability of farming you are not the boss, the weather is. If you are a carpenter or engineer, you can learn the job perfectly; in farming, you can never know everything. Each year is different, you become more humble that way. For Klaus, the great strength of Ireland is the land. There is no nuclear power or heavy industry to pollute. This could be a real green island, where land could be farmed sustainably and food would be of the best quality.

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Helen Gee

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Ive always loved nature. I love to sow things and see them growing. I love the countryside, picking wild blackberries along the ditch, mushrooms in the field; the seasons coming and going, leaves changing colour. The simplicity and authenticity of Helen Gees jams is clearly reflected in her attitude towards the countryside and her life within it. I was born and raised on a farm, and I married a farmer. We had cows, pigs, hens. We grew wheat, barley and sugar beet but, as our three children began getting older, we needed more money. Theres not that much profit in tillage, so we grew raspberries and rhubarb, and I started making jam, selling it at farmers markets. It just grew and grew from there. These days, Helens wonderful jams, sold under two labels Abbey Farm and Gs Gourmet Jams regularly win Great Taste Awards, and are still made in the most traditional of ways. In saucepans, with just two ingredients, fruit and sugar, she says. Its very labour intensive youre stirring all day by hand, weighing out the fruit and the sugar but I have no intention of changing it. Helens love for what she does is clearly infectious; two of her three children are involved with the business. My son was my first chef, now hes the sales director, and my daughter has come home from Canada to work in production with me. And she herself makes no secret of her delight in what they do together: I could make jam all day and still come back and have bread and jam for my tea, she says.

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Toonsbridge Dairy, Macroom, Co Cork

Johnny Lynch

A cow will walk away from you, a buffalo will walk up to you; its more like a friend. Until just a couple of months ago, Johnny Lynch was the only farmer in Ireland to have buffalo. He started with 31 animals in 2009 and is now up to a herd of 125. What began as a smart business choice the only buffalo cheese in the country was imported, expensive and over a week old by the time it got here has become a labour of love. It was an inspired moment, he says of the decision. The animals become like part of the family. If they get sick, as happens, thats very upsetting. They are hardier than cattle, but vets dont yet know how to cope, they dont have the experience, but they are learning as were learning. Initially Johnny had Friesians as well as buffalo, but a year ago he sold his last cows to concentrate solely on the more exotic herd. This is very interesting, he says, Im meeting many more people now because I go and give a hand at making the cheese; theres more activity, more life. It is something that cannot be dismissed in the often-lonely life of farm work. So what are the challenges of farming buffalo? Up to a year old, theyre very temperamental; then they get very hardy. But the first year is a difficult time. When the weather is wet, they love to make ponds and wallow in them. When youre milking them, it becomes a problem because theyre too muddy. I leave the ones not being milked to wallow. Its intense but good, very enjoyable.

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Pat Lalors decision, in 1999, to move from conventional to organic farming was a pragmatic one to try and make some more money, he admits. But I suppose since then Ive come to enjoy the organic way of farming. When I was a conventional farmer, I was a scientific farmer. Now, Im a biological farmer. My job is to nurture the soil, look after it, get it into the best possible state of health, so it will grow crops that are disease free. The crucial difference is that, with conventional farming, if you encounter problems there is always a quick fix, a prescription. With organic farming, the plan is to avoid having problems, because there are no quick fixes. So what most appeals to him about the farming lifestyle? On a wet day, nothing appeals to me, he says, then admits, I like being my own boss, I like to make up my mind as I go along at my own pace. I could not be governed by a clock. The downside, of course, is the unpredictability. Its very difficult to plan anything ahead; when the weather changes, your plans have to change. If youre a very rigid person who likes all their ducks in a row, youd go mad. Its not for everybody, he says. These days, Pat produces his own porridge, that breakfast staple Kilbeggan Organic oats. Thats a very good development, he says. Theres more to life than making money, theres job satisfaction as well, and theres more of that now than there has ever been.

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Valerie Kingston

Glenilen Farm, Drimoleague, Co Cork

Innovation is the engine of Glenilen Farm. What began as a hobby for Valerie Kingston back in 1997 using milk from the familys dairy herd to make cheesecake to sell at local markets has blossomed into a viable business and yoghurts, butter and crme frache and other milk-based products have followed. Consumers are more concerned about the origin, wholesomeness and flavour of their food, and Glenilen and many other quality artisan food producers can fill this gap between producers and consumers, and perhaps help us out of the economic mess were in. With three children, aged 14, twelve and nine the balance between family and work is one that needs to be carefully guarded. Because home and workplace are the same on the farm, you need more discipline in making space for family time. We dont want our kids to grow up thinking we were always too busy, running around like headless chickens, she says. For us Sunday is always a rest and family day, for practical and faith reasons. Luckily we have a wonderful team at Glenilen and have learnt to delegate, which has paid back tremendously. Would she be happy to see her children following her? Only if they have a passion and an interest. It is a real blessing to enjoy what you do, because then it doesnt seem so much like work.
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Wacky races
With its amazing variety of mountains, rivers, beaches, lakes and bogs, Ireland has become one of Europes most popular locations for adventure racing. Ben Webb puts his body on the starting line. Photographs by David Sciora and Peter Dybowski.

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On the run - Ben Webb and running mate Daryl Krywonis power along on the Gaelforce Connemara Adventure Challenge.

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t was like the Somme, but without the bullets. I stood in a line of apprehensive faces waiting for the signal to go over the top and fearing the next few hours would take its toll. Ahead of us loomed a sheer peat wall, the start of the 31-kilometre race including a run, mountain hike, cycle and kayak through the wilds of Connemara. But I couldnt complain. I was a volunteer. And then we were off, whooping with excitement, sliding and scrabbling in the black peat until we were up and onto the bog proper, when we began to run forward in squelching, sucking footsteps through no mans land. A comrade ahead suddenly vanished up to his waist in the dark water of the

bog. Anothers boot vanished. The casualties were building. It was hilarious, exhilarating and already I could feel the tell-tale lactic burn in my thighs. As the ascent got steeper, the jokes faded away and we all began to find our rhythm, hearts pumping, lungs struggling. The sun broke through the rain clouds and glinted off the trees that ran along the Western Way. Our first target was the timing point four kilometres away, at the foot of the steep climb to a peak in the Maam Turks. The Gaelforce Connemara Adventure Challenge was well and truly underway. Adventure racing is booming in Ireland. Gaelforce is just one of the many organisations now setting up challenges across the country.

The race starts with a mad scramble across bogland. Right, our writer Ben Webb looking pre-race confident.

Many of them combine running/ hiking, cycling on and off road and kayaking in an adventure triathlon. Some add in a stage or two of swimming. To add a bit of order and spice, a selection has been chosen to create a national adventure race point series (100 points for first, 99 for second, etc) that starts at

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the MonsterMAC in Cork (April 27) and ends at the Westport Sea 2 Summit (November 9). But it is important to point out adventure racing is not designed solely for nutters who dream about climbing Everest one day and informing their grandchildren in hushed tones that frost bite is damned painful. Yes, of course a certain level of fitness is required, but the word race is misleading. You are timed, but plenty of the competitors just want to complete the course and have a fabulous day out in the wilds. Some just want to be, well, daft. You can sign up for the Turf Warrior Challenge, for example, 10 kilometres of swinging, jumping and climbing

through forests and bogs and rivers around Killary harbour. The bumph pulls no punches: Please be warned that your clothing will get extremely wet and dirty! Others want a great and challenging day out. A good example is the Oxfam Trailtrekker, a 50-kilometre hike through the Mountains of Mourne and along the Carlingford coastline for teams of between three and six. In case its too far, a new 25-kilometre event has been started.

Below, race mementos, and bottom, Gerry O'Reilly leads the way across a water challenge.

Its an inclusive idea, a reason to get out and about and experience some of Irelands stunning scenery and raise money. From complete novices to seasoned hill-walkers, hundreds of people from all walks of life will raise vital funds for Oxfams work around the world, said David Nixon, Oxfam Irelands director of fundraising and business development. With the right training and preparation just about anyone can complete the 50-kilometre route. Its an enjoyable team challenge that will test your stamina and fitness. Its not about

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Ambrose Flynn of 53 Degrees North on what to wear. Shoes The most important part of any adventure runners' kit is shoes. Road runners will not suffice. Trail runners not only provide grip but also enhance confidence to move over complex ground at speed. The range of trail runners is extensive, but if you talk to an in-store expert you will get the right product and fit. Socks A key piece of gear. We recommend a light merino sock with high wicking properties, a low cuff, extra padding on the heel and toe-box. But get the correct size as if they are too big, friction is created and blisters will occur. the legs Depending on the weather and time of year, some adventure racers will wear shorts, some will wear compression tights. Wear something comfortable that can handle moisture and doesnt restrict movement. Train in it before the event. You dont want nasty surprises on race day. upper body For multidisciplinary events where you run, cycle and kayak, what you wear on your upper body is important. When running, one should go light and unrestricted, possibly with a booster layer in a small pack if necessary. When cycling the upper body can become cold so the booster layer may become a game changer. And the same applies to kayaking also. A light breathable running top is essential as the temperatures can drop by two degrees with every 200 metres ascended. Possibly look for something water resistant and with pockets that are useful. Accessories Take a light backpack, ideally with a water bladder. Something that fits your body and has little movement on the shoulder straps as you run.

times for most participants; its about the 385 you have to raise to enter. Exactly 24 minutes and seven seconds. That was my time when I reached the first dibbing point at the End of the Bog. Everyone has a wristband holding a chip that is slotted into a machine. Ahead was a steep climb to the summit of a hill. The time was not important when I started the race but, once you are up and running, the clock seeps into your psyche. I wanted to go as fast as possible but finish. I started to jog up the hill, slowly, but it was a jog, technically, I think. But not for long. With relief, I noticed that all the other racers were hiking in quickstep rather than running. It was a truly, thighbusting climb. At times, I had to use my hands to scramble up the damp, slippery slope. A few of the racers 52 |
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stopped in their tracks, turned and surveyed the scene, hands on hips. Irelands only fjord, Killary Harbour, shimmered in the sun, the waves white-topped, as a dark squall blew up the valley and the rain began. I kept on. No stopping. I had feared the mountain climb section the most, but it was not to prove the low point. That moment when you ask the question: why the hell did I do this? That was to come later. I still felt buoyed by adrenaline. At the top I dibbed again 43 minutes and 56 seconds

Top, follow the leader a boggy run and steep climb face the entrants. Left, the right gear is essential in rough terrain and, below, picking up speed on the road.


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and started running down into the next valley where the bikes were waiting for us. Gravity, at last, was on my side. It was downhill (in a good way) from here ... for a while at least. As I descended a strange combination of running, skidding and squelching in the thick bog I was suddenly very grateful for my footwear: a pair of Salomon XA PRO 3Ds, which are specifically designed for mountain-trail running. Despite the conditions, they gripped amazingly well and were very, very comfortable. Good kit makes racing in the great outdoors a lot more enjoyable and, yes, safer. Hours stuck on a remote hillside in freezing fog with a twisted ankle is no fun. You need to be warm; on the other hand you dont want to carry excess baggage. I had nipped into 53 Degrees North to get some kit and 54 |
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Above, scenic route Pine Island in Derryclare Lough and, right, Tim Enright fords a river.

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For vIeWS And SPA After the Connemara adventure race we headed to the delphi mountain resort (Leenane, Connemara, 095 42208; delphimountainresort. com), and flopped straight into a Jacuzzi with magnificent mountain views. This four-star hotel, with wonderfully friendly staff, is perfectly located for anyone who wants to enjoy Irelands natural beauty. And dont miss the hearty breakfasts. Rates from 69 B&B pps. For vIeWS And cHoWder The view from the Seafood bar of ocean Lodge (Killadoon, 098 68605; oceanlodgekilladoon. com), across the sprawling Cross and Carrowniskey beaches to Achill Island in the distance, is wonderful. But not a patch on the bowl of chowder that came with chips for a fiver. Alan Heanues kitchen is not to be missed. You can also stay in the lodge with rates from 35 B&B pps. For SteAK And muSIc The barman at Gaynors in Leenane village gave us pints of Guinness with the grim news that all the local restaurants were closed for the night. He then called the Leenane Hotel (095 42249;, ordered two steaks and told us to return the glasses in the morning. There, a band was belting out trad music, and the rib-eye steaks were perfect. Theres no doubt this family-run hotel, which overlooks Killary Harbour, is a classic example of a good Irish welcome. Rates from 49 B&B pps. For ActIon grouPS Killary Adventure group (Leenane, 095 43411;, has its own dorm and private accommodation, with everything from gorge walking to water trampolining within easy range. Called K2, and with a natty grassy roof, its environmentally sensitive design overlooks Killary Harbour. Shared rooms from 21 pps, with Gaelforce event packages available. For LuXurY Where better to melt away those activity-induced aches and pains than in the thermal suites at castlecourt resort Hotels Spa Sula? (Westport, 098 55088; Furthermore, the team behind this four-star property also organise the Westport Sea2Summit race in November, with two-night packages from 378 per couple. Otherwise, rooms from 73.

Right, the course curves along forest tracks and, far right, Liam Cashman makes good time. Below, kayakers coming ashore due to high winds and, bottom, the open road to Kylemore Lough.

advice and was mesmerised by the variety of designs and technology on offer. Adam, the guru, nodded sagely as I described the event. Id wear this, he said. And this ... and this. Its all about layers, including one that wicks water away from the skin and an outer waterproof one. The body loses heat much, much faster when its damp, Adam warned. I was drenched from the rain and the damp bog when I hit the valley floor and very warm too. I started the short run to the bikes, which I hit after 56.27 minutes. The eight-kilometre trail through the hills and down to the coast was beautiful, crossing rivers and curving through the trees. It was the most enjoyable section of the race, utterly pleasurable, but then I hit the road that stretched into the distance, and a soul-destroying headwind. I was slow over the nine kilometres and I knew it. A woman half my age (which isnt saying much) whizzed by on a racer. The gamble of using a mountain bike

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Its an adventure race, I replied. Its dangerous, he said with a belittling finality. Kayaking cancelled. And so we had to run the kayak stage, back up the hill, legs complaining, and that was the moment I asked the question: why? I walked for a bit. My accomplice, Daryl, did too. We chatted as though on a Sunday afternoon stroll. Rebels taking a chance to relax. But when our legs recovered a little we began to trot, then run the five-kilometre stretch along the tarmac road back to the Western Way and the undulating four-and-ahalf kilometres home. It was a struggle, but we crossed the line together after three hours, 15 minutes and 21 seconds. It was a lovely feeling. Hot soup was served. Everyone was smiling and happy. We were dreaming of pints of Guinness in Hamiltons in Leenane. And we werent nutrition alone. We went to look at Keep it simple. Hydrate the time sheets. The elite in advance. Use gels on longer racers completed the runs/cycles. Increase your intake was not paying off. course in just over two of carbs in the week leading up to And so I did forget hours. Paul McMahon the event but not the night before. about time, and came second. Some of us Dont skip breakfast! If you find it watched the Connemara are very serious and try to hard to eat, wake up early and countryside slide slowly shave every second off our eat something you enjoy past as the sun came out. times, he said, but the time slowly. I remember it now as being isnt everything because every calm and peaceful Irelands year the conditions vary. The bog west coast at its sublime best. might be wetter or the wind can be Finally, I was back at the Killary Shiny, happy from a different direction. And you faces from top, cant compare races because each Adventure Centre for the run at the finishing race is different and offers a unique down to the kayaks. Running line, Sheila Kilduff, after cycling feels very strange Siobhn Bennett challenge. There are many people your leg muscles feel and, at the kayak who just want to enjoy the experience stage, Thomas of getting round. There are plenty of all disjointed and the Kavanagh. people still to finish ... wrong shape but at least we could rest weary I stared back across the bog and legs in the colourful the trail that clung to the side of the kayaks that we could see hill. Brightly coloured splashes of hibeing whooshed along tech kit were slowly moving towards the fjord by the high us and the relief of the finishing line. wind. Unlike all the brave recruits who Too high. I arrived went over the top a century ago, at the landing station to we will all live to fight another day. find shivering, capsized Adventure racing in Irelands unique kayakers who had been landscape is here to stay. dragged from the water. For more on Gaelforce races, Its carnage out there, a marshal warned. 58 |
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Street views of Sdermalm, with Beln Vzquez, opposite, soaking up the atmosphere.

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Listen up, fans of kitsch - ABBA The Museum is open for business. Mega fan Brian Finnegan is Bjrn again on a trip to Stockholm, the band's native city. Photographs by Joanne Murphy.

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alking through the hall of fame at arrivals in Stockholms Arlanda Airport, I slowly became aware that a portrait of Swedens most famous exports is missing. I passed Alfred Nobel and Bjrn Borg, Lasse Hallstrm and Stieg Larsson, Alexander Skarsgrd and Max von Sydow, Roxette and Robyn but ABBA are conspicuous by their absence. For many who travel to Stockholm, ABBA have been a key draw since the height of their fame

in the late 1970s and 1980s, and this year, with the opening of ABBA The Museum (, thousands more visitors are flocking every day to immerse themselves in all things Agnetha, Bjrn, Benny and Anni-Frid. According to Stockholm native Carl Magnus Palm, author of Bright Lights Dark Shadows: The Real Story of ABBA, the band have identified the city much in the same way The Beatles cast their shadow over the cultural identity of Liverpool. ABBAs music is much-loved all over the world and is somehow a part of what represents Sweden to many people, he says. For potential visitors, their music and their image are a part of the cultural context of Stockholm and Sweden. My visit to the Swedish city was as research for my new novel, in which ABBA fictitiously reunite for one concert only in

Above, Sdermalm where the vintage shops and cool cafs offer plenty of distraction. Right, our super trouper, Brian Finnegan. Left, Changing of the Guards at the Royal Palace in the old town, Gamla Stan.

their native capital, so I aimed to immerse myself in a very particular experience of the city. However, I could see very little evidence of my quarry anywhere. Stockholm gets on with its business in a particularly ABBA-free way. As with any major city, there are plenty of tacky tourist shops in the heavily visited areas, but theyre packed with Pippi Longstocking paraphernalia and plastic Viking hats, and theres not an Agnetha wig to be seen, or an ABBA Gold CD on any shelf. Stockholm is built on 14 interconnected islands on the Baltic

a year are drawn to Right guaRd More than one million visitors (daily at 12.15pm, the Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace music from the Military Sundays at 1pm). Its accompanied by stirring two of Dancing Queen. Band who sometimes break into a chorus or

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buDGet This family-run, Sdermalms hotel hornsgatan (Hornsgatan 66B, 11821, +46 8 658 2901; has rooms from SEK355 per night, but doesnt compromise on style, space, cleanliness or breakfast. Be warned, though you might have to share a bathroom. mID-PrIce As the official hotel partner of the ABBA Museum, youd be forgiven for thinking that the clarion Sign (stra Jrnvgsgatan 35, 10126, +46 8 676 9800; might be awash with lam and glitterballs. Not so. From its glass and granite Gert Wingrdh-designed architecture, to furniture by Arne Jacobsen, Bruno Mathsson and Alvar Aalto, its a shrine to Nordic design. Clean lines are as stylish as the heated rooftop pool is welcome, and Stockholm Central Station is just a few minutes walk away. Rooms from SEK1,180. Located right in the heart of the shopping area, and looking out on a tiny park, berns hotel (Nckstrmsgatan 8, 11147, +46 8 5663 2200; is a boutique hotel that aces ergonomics. With rooms from SEK1,912, see the Scandinavian knack for storage space up close, and marvel at how its also so comfortable. If youre into nightlife, its the place for you but, with a club attached, it can get noisy at the weekend if you have a room near the front. SPlurGe Owned by Benny Andersson of ABBA fame, hotel rival (Mariatorget 3, Sdermalm, +46 8 5457 8900; sits on a quiet little square in bohemian Sdermalm, ten minutes walk from the old town, Gamla Stan. The rooms, from SEK2,395, range in sizes, but an economy room is spacious enough, and all decorated in quirky, individual style. The service is next to none, and the great breakfast will set you up for a days sightseeing.

Sea. This might seem confusing when reading a guidebook in advance of a visit, but in truth the city couldnt be easier to navigate. Whats more, its compact size allows you to get a real sense of its different areas and atmospheres very quickly. Theres almost nowhere from which

you cant see water reflected by blue skies in the summer, and it gives the city a uniquely open, airy feeling. Its a place where the teeming natural world sits very comfortably with the imposing urban landscape. The island everyone converges on to begin with is Stadsholmen,

Top, interiors at Hotel Hornsgatan and Hotel Rival respectively. Below, Stortorget, Stockholm's oldest square, in Gamla Stan, as little Viking Oscar looks on.

home of Gamla Stan, or the Old Town. A maze of cobbled streets lined with galleries, curio shops and typical Swedish cafs, that all converge on the terrace-lined Stortorget, or the big square; by midday its packed to bursting with tourists. A good tip is to wander its highways and byways early in the morning, coming across Baroque palaces on corners, romantic little squares and Renaissance cathedrals at your leisure. You can sit in the leafy square outside Benny and Fridas first apartment together on a street called Baggensgatan and

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imagine their Eurovision-winning Waterloo being written there. Like many cities, Stockholm has a north/south divide and, depending on what youre looking for, youll probably find yourself hanging out in either. stermalm in the north is an upmarket borough, its treelined boulevards populated with couture and Scandinavian design shops, Michelin star restaurants and the citys top end nightspots. At its heart is Stureplan, with its landmark meeting place, nicknamed Svampen, or the mushroom, by the locals. In the evenings the beautiful people (in Stockholm, nearly everyone is beautiful) gather here before a night out on the tiles in clubs, such as Riche ( or Laroy (, that cater to the citys celeb set.

According to Palm, the 1978 ABBA hit Summer Night City might have been written about places like this, even though in the 1970s the clubs of stermalm didnt exist. Ive always imagined ABBA out and about in Stockholm in the late 1970s when I hear that song, he says. Its not a song about being at, for example, Studio 54 in New York City; its about romanticising big city night-life from the perspective of someone living in

Author of Bright Light Dark Shadows: The Real Story of ABBA , Carl Magnus Palm, left, and a winning vista of stermalm. Below, sensational seafood at Sturehof.

a city that didnt have much of a night-life at the time. These days youre more likely to bump into ABBAs grandchildren boogying to Summer Night City in stermalms buzzing clubs. Djurgrden, the citys rambling royal gardens with its abundance of museums and the legendary Grna Lund ( amusement park, are part of the area, and a favourite haunt with most of Stockholmian society for weekend

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buDGet There are Thai restaurants all over Stockholm, but koh Phanagan (Sknegatan 57, Sdermalm, +46 8 642 5040; kohphangan. se), with its seaside atmosphere, complete with beach canopies and twinkling lights, is special. Sit in a tuk-tuk or the jungle area and enjoy a delicious Pad Thai for about SEK165 (20), which is cheap for Stockholm. They dont take reservations, so expect to queue on Saturday nights. mID-PrIce bakfickan, aka The Hip Pocket (Kungliga Operan, Karl XIIs Torg, +46 8 676 5800; shares a kitchen with the fine-dining restaurant, Operakllaren at The Opera House, but it has a very caf-like atmosphere. The fare is unpretentious Swedish comfort food and the meatballs are some of the best in the city. Be warned, the interior only seats 26 people, so youre advised to book ahead. SPlurGe Sturehof (Stureplan 2, stermalm, +46 8 440 5730; is a must for traditional Swedish seafood. The atmosphere is buzzing and the locals love it. In summer, book a table on the terrace and people-watch as you start with three or five sorts of herring, and follow up with a main of mouthwatering butter-fried pike perch. Bottles of wine cost an arm and a leg here its cheaper if you drink by the glass.

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Visit the absolut ice bar. Sample fruit-flavoured Absolut vodka in this legendary bar at the Nordic sea hotel (Vasaplan 4, +46 8 505 6352; nordicseahotel. se) made out of ice. On hot summer days, its a cool refuge; in winter, staff members provide you with mittens and coats! The drinks are pricey though. Come prepared. cruise the archipelago. No trip to Stockholm would be complete without a steamboat tour of the archipelago, a wonderland of leafy islands complete with cute summer cottages on the beautiful Baltic. ABBA owned an island together on the archipelago as married couples, and many of their best songs were written there. siNg with abba. A stateof-the-art experience awaits you at abba the museum (Djurgrdsvgen 68, +46 8 1213 2860;, a hightech tribute to the Swedish 1970s superstars. You can even sing with

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animated versions of Agnetha, Bjrn, Benny and Frida and bring home your video for posterity or even Tweet it in situ. go to market. stermalms saluhall is a gastronomic treasure trove, where stall after stall sells Swedens finest produce. The place is permeated with the competing scents of coffee and spices, and, along with the stalls, there are plenty of places to sit down and enjoy the best in Swedish cuisine. Fridays and Saturdays at lunchtime are the best time to go. haVe your cake aNd eat it. The Swedish tradition of fika the enjoyment of a mid-afternoon coffee and cake is something you must adopt while visiting Stockholm, which has a traditional bakery on every corner. Dont leave without experiencing the mazarin, a sweet pastry filled with almond paste, at riddarbageriet (Riddargatan 15, stermalm). Its cake heaven.

walks or cycles, and meet-ups in its abundant restaurants. However, after September some of the cafs and restaurants close for the cold Scandinavian autumn and winter. Never mind, post-summer there are several good reasons to visit Djurgrden, not least the Beer and Whiskey Festival (the last weekend in September, and first in October), one of the worlds biggest and best booze fests. Or in winter, why not

enjoy glgg (mulled wine) and ginger snaps at the spectacular Christmas Market at Skansen ( open-air museum. Djurgrden is also the home of ABBA The Museum, which opened in the Swedish Music Hall of Fame ( to much fanfare in May, after a long gestation. The museum is unique in that it gives you an interactive experience in which ABBA have virtually reunited to

This page, snapshots of ABBA The Museum, its CEO Mattias Hanson pictured below left. Opposite, Veronica Lofdahl in the doorway of her Gamla Stan shop, Iris Hantverk, which sells traditional, handmade handicrafts.

tell their story as you travel through the exhibits. According to the CEO of the museum, Mattias Hanson: All four members of the group opened up their closets to supply memorabilia, instruments, clothes and more. The museum is a state-of-theart interactive experience and a teenage dream come true for me. You can record your own version of an ABBA hit, singing along with a backing track in a replica of the original Polar Studios in Stockholm,

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Right, a sunkissed shortcut in Sdermalm. Below, Emma Frisk outside cute caf Blooms Bageri.

where the band recorded the majority of their songs. You can remix ABBA songs using digital copies of the original, 24-track tapes, though you will probably find it hard to outdo the classic versions by producer Michael B Tretow. You can dance on a stage with life-size animations of the group, sharing your experiences via social media as you go along. According to Hanson, the museum attracts mainly foreign visitors rather than natives; many from Britain, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway, where ABBA found their first international audiences, and theyre coming in their droves. If it continues this way we will soon have had more live audience than ABBA played for during their touring years, says Hanson. As for my perceived ambivalence of the natives towards the band, he argues, the majority of

Swedes are very proud of ABBA. Although its only a quick bus or Tunnelbana ride away, bohemian Sdermalm in the south couldnt be further from stermalm and Djurgrden. I had booked into the Hotel Rival ( there, which is owned by ABBAs Benny. Sdermalm is a charmingly unique spot, where trendy boutiques, great vintage shops, alternative galleries, and quirky bars and cafs rub shoulders with family-run restaurants and ancient local hostelries. Although the Rival is five-star, it typifies Sdermalm with its ground floor caf full of guys in polo necks and black-framed glasses and girls in dreadlocks and rainbow clothes, sipping coffee as they look out on a small, bicycle-lined square. Benny's development of the Rival, on the site of an Art Deco cinema (the world premiere of the Mamma Mia! movie was screened there), is part of his civic interest in the area, and its here I unearthed the mystery of why ABBA arent pictured on the airport hall of fame. A friendly local told me Benny requested it be removed. He was part of a group who objected to the citys plans to re-develop Slussen, a confusing feat of road engineering from the 1930s that connects Gamla Stan to Sdermalm. So opposed, he once said hed consider an ABBA reunion if it helped stop the plans. However, the city council voted in the redevelopments favour which had Benny insisting he didnt want to be an advertisement for a city that cant see reason. However, its hard to see Stockholm as an unreasonable city. Everything about it seems built with its users in mind. It only took me a weekend to fall in love with this easygoing mini-metropolis that has a little something for everyone and now, with its brand new museum, even us ABBA lovers are getting a look in.
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Bleached Californian sunshine and heavy blankets of fog; hilltop mansions and downmarket barrios; coastal scenery and downtown skyscrapers San Francisco is a city of contrasts, says filmmaker John Butler. Photographs by Eric Wolfinger.

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ts something to do with atmosphere, which in turn stems from climate and the way it forms character, but this place is a drug. A decade and a half after I called it home; years after I was supposed to have written it out of me (with a novel called The Tenderloin); after living in cities the world over, I often dream about summer fog grazing hills around the Haight and Twin Peaks, the smell of briny air among the redwoods in Golden

Gate Park, bells on the cable cars echoing around the streets of Telegraph Hill. This is a city for which there is no known cure San Francisco gets right under your skin, and boy does it stay there. Its now known as the birth place of two Gold Rushes in 1849, then latterly with the dot com explosion of the mid 1990s, and here, the past collides with the future. Yet despite the wealth

Top, picnickers spread their rugs at Dolores Park. Above, 15 years on, John Butler still dreams about summer in San Francisco.

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In recent times, The Folsom Street Fair has supplanted Gay Pride, and on September 29, gawkers, tourists and partiers of all shades are welcomed to the largest leather, alternative and fetish street fair in the world the most raucous street party in San Francisco. Go, even if it isnt your scene. The atmosphere, food and music draw almost half a million attendees annually to the stretch of Folsom between 7th and 12th Streets; many dressed in leather, rubber, uniforms, drag or in very little at all.

created by Silicon Valley, this citys romantic spirit seems to resist the homogenising force of that money. Gentrification is occurring, but if it were a food, San Francisco would be a burrito, harmoniously blending local cultural elements to make something that remains relatively casual, beloved of young, rich, old and broke; hipsters, cheerleaders and cholos. And call me a snob, but they dont make them as good anywhere else. Downtown has most of the hotels and much to recommend it. The Yerba Buena Center ( is a gallery and performance space favouring Bay Area artists and has a screening room for curated film and video events. Nearby, the Jewish Museum ( (worth a visit in its own right), is hosting part of the SF MOMA collection, while the latter is closed for refurbishment. Culture aside, the Westfield ( sanfrancisco) is somewhat generic and

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lacking in charm but, with military precision, you can get through your shopping in one day. And on Market Street, theres the undeniable fun of riding a cable car and a dizzying array of shopping options near Union Square notably a strip of stores along the TenderNob area at Bush and Jones Street. Hotels at the peak of Nob Hill offer devastating views, while immediately adjacent is one of the largest expatriate Chinese communities, and the Italian neighbourhood of North Beach (home to the nexus of beat poetry, the legendary City Lights, citylights. com, book store). Downtown in a good many American cities has shopping, a Chinatown and a bunch of great museums, but running through the heart of Californias more leisurely northern counterpoint to Los Angeles is a profound Mexican influence. The Mission District is a short hop south, where the best galleries, bars and taquerias can be found. Im not much of a one for tours, but the Mission Dolores ( is certainly worth visiting. Founded in 1776, its the oldest building in San Francisco and a good place to trace the origins of this historic barrio. Afterwards, check out the street murals as you wander around, before stopping by 826 Valencia ( its Dave Eggers founded tutoring centre and bookstore is a trove of books and ephemera or re-caffeinating at fourbarrel caf ( Leaving aside Mexican food, theres a multitude of food options here. A slalom down 24th Street, between Mission and Potrero, offers a days worth of terrific food and street life. San Francisco gives good breakfast, but nowhere better than St Francis Fountain (stfrancisfountainsf. com), serving all manner of scrambles, 76 |
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Street life art spills out of the Mission District's galleries. Above, Anthony Holdsworth at work on 24th Street. Below, 826 Valencia, the McSweeney's bookstore.

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HiStory Along with its counterpart Vesuvios across the street, Specs in North Beach is filled with colourful locals and interesting memorabilia pertaining to the heyday of beat poetry. Both of these Columbus Avenue institutions have for decades encouraged conversation and community with cheap drinks and a warm welcome. (12 Saroyan Place, +1 415 421 4112) beer toronado is a beer bar and has remained reassuringly pure on those terms in the two decades since opening. An impressive selection of beers on tap from around the globe can be paired with Rosamundes sausages from next door. That duo might be considered another SF institution. (547 Haight, +1 415 863 2267; neiGHboUrHooD Gino and carlo, an ItalianAmerican bar has little more to recommend it than atmosphere and whats more important? This month its the place to watch a Giants game, in the company of a no-nonsense clientele. Great pizza slices at Golden Boy a few doors away. (548 Green Street, +1 415 421 0896;

Sanchez (casa-sanchez. com) hold their own for traditional Mexican fare and, between snacks, thrift stores abound. If its hot you can take lunch to the picturesque Dolores Park, and by night, local bars such as the Make-Out Room ( and the Lone Palm have earned their great reputation. Street cars will also transport you to the Castro celebrated as the global headquarters of the gay community. Whether youre a tourist, a friend of Dorothy or even just a friend-of-a-friend, its worth a visit. Along with historical significance and the vibrant street life, theres great shopping here, most notably at Unionmade ( on Sanchez Street. In the evening, take an outside table at Caf Flore (cafeflore. com) for drinks and people watching. You can watch a movie at the terrific independent Castro cinema ( (with live organ player), stroll across to the Twin Peaks Tavern (, or head on over to Haight-Ashbury, one valley away. The final resting place of the 1960s counterculture is much diminished but still worth a visit for access to the beauty of Golden Gate Park ( It (like most of the best neighbourhoods) is directly linked to downtown by a network of buses, cable cars and subway trains. Beneath HaightAshbury, Hayes Valley a few short years ago was a less-than-savoury, somewhat desolate strip of housing projects and a freeway on-ramp.

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cable cars. A fun and historic way to transport yourself from Union Square and Market Street to the Wharf, or along California Street, over the steep hills. Seeing the bay gradually reveal itself beneath you as you crest these hills is a moment to remember. Tickets are $5 each way, one day passes $13. house oF nAnking I can already hear locals sneering at the inclusion of this best-known of Chinese restaurants, right across from Francis Coppolas historic Zoetrope building. But its still worth braving the lines, or going a little early. For goodness sake, though, allow the legendary proprietor to order for you, as he likes to do. Once, I didnt let him to do that, and after selecting my main course he shot me a withering look. As an order, out of ten? I give that a five. (919 Kearny Street, +1 415 421 1429) A WAlk Across golden gAte bridge/ A boAt Around the bAy Both these recommendations come as one because the idea is simply to engage with the romance and splendour of the famous bridge. The walk across it to the Marin side and back takes an hour and offers great views of the headland. Boats under the bridge/around the bay run from Fishermans Wharf, are offered by a number of companies and cost around $20 for an hour.

It has now been remodelled and converted into a shopping hub for local brand names and a beautiful open-air park runs through the centre. Galleries, clothes in Alzes, Backspace ( and Thread Lounge (, Zonal ( for antiques, Bulo ( for shoes and Bibliohead ( for books Id give this strip a few hours. When youre hungry, theres a great Jewish deli in Moishes Pippic and terrific coffee throughout. Quite apart from all the attractions contained within the city limits, San Francisco is a terrific base for exploring the surrounding areas. A three-dollar, 30-minute train ride deposits you at the liberal hub of Berkeley, but if you rent a car, a short spin north over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge lands you in Sausalito, Muir Woods and its centuries-old Redwood trees, or the

AlcAtrAz Like a ride on the cable cars, Alcatraz is one of the most popular attractions in this town that also happens to be well worth experiencing. Because of its enduring popularity, you should book well in advance, possibly even before you arrive in the city. The tour takes about two hours and costs about $20, and its well worth renting the audio guide. My favourite part? When they lock you in a cell and describe Christmas on The Rock and the sound of revellers in the city drifts over the water. Almost makes you want to do some time almost. ( FishermAns WhArF I tried, I really did. But you cant get through a review of this city without mentioning The Wharf and Pier 39, and seeing how you have to go here to catch the ferry to Alcatraz, then I should mention that as tourist ghettos go its not particularly gaudy and many of the old cannery buildings have been re-fitted to accommodate the tat. The only thing worth eating down here is a burger from the legendary Californian chain, In-N-Out Burger, now open within the Cannery building itself. sF cAble cArs Sometimes you have to damn the coolerthan-thou recommendations and embrace the tourist experience: nowhere more so than with SF

beaches and towns on the North West Marin county coast. Continue on north and within hours you can reach the hot springs of Calistoga, while due east lies the Ansel Adams splendour of Yosemite National Park ( and the Napa Valley vineyards. In winter, Lake Tahoe ( has terrific slopes for snowboarding (you could ski, but for once youll be in a minority), and year-round gambling, either on the lakeside or in Reno, the biggest little city in the world.

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Within this small, accessible city, the hills contain a multitude of contrasts: bleached Californian sunshine and heavy blankets of fog; hilltop mansions in Pacific Heights and downmarket barrios in the flatlands; coastal scenery and beautiful beaches a matter of miles from the skyscrapers of downtown. In some quarters, San Francisco resembles a tastefully assembled amusement park; cable cars rattling up and down hills, garishly painted Victorian houses, parks on hilltops and multifarious cultures drinking organic third wave coffee and skating, surfing, cycling around in the shadow of a golden bridge. And some of the things that most vex locals make San Francisco the best place to visit, particularly in September. Even in summer, in the city, days of dawn-to-dusk Californian sunshine are irregular, but not for me all that tramping around hot streets slathered in sun cream, dutifully ticking off sights and secretly wishing I was basting by the hotel pool. Besides, the fog 82 |
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is atmospheric, shrouding the city in gauze that calls to mind Hitchcocks Vertigo and the Marlowe stories of Raymond Chandler. Perhaps the highest compliment I can pay it is to say that San Francisco is not a serious place. Unlike London, New York or Paris, it seems not to run on the oxygen of moneymaking. Theres a Financial District here, of course there is, and as in Ireland the reality of an economic downturn is present, but like other major cities such as Sydney, Berlin and Barcelona, the defining and sometimes obsessive pursuit of residents here seems not to be money so much as the perfect lifestyle; what you do when youre not working is what appears to be important and that atmosphere is infectious.
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Fields of gold yellow rapeseed in fine contrast with welcome blue skies on the South Downs.

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he South Downs Way is a glorious, 160-kilometre trail through a national park, stretching westwards from the seaside town of Eastbourne to the historic city of Winchester. It follows an ancient path, past Iron Age hill forts, ageold Yew forests and Bronze Age burial grounds. And it boasts some quite spectacular views, across wide, open farmland, passing castles and picture-perfect Downland villages, with thatched pubs and quaint tearooms to stop at on the way. Our adventure begins outside the Cavendish Hotel on Eastbournes seafront, one-time Victorian holiday resort built by the Seventh Duke of Devonshire, William Cavendish, who appointed his architect to plan the layout of the entire town.

Eastbourne has retained much of this early Victorian grandeur, with white stucco buildings, a wrought-iron pier and wide, un-littered roads. It also has a spanking new contemporary art gallery, the Towner. Joining the South Downs Way at Paradise Road to the northwest of town, a climb takes you up, high above the grey-roofed skyline, looking out across the sea. This first half-days cycling is a gentle warm-up for the often challenging route ahead and dips down first into the pretty village of Jevington (whose surprising claim to fame is as the birthplace of Banoffi Pie), before heading up and over the top of Windover Hill and down into Alfriston in time for lunch. This medieval village boasts a fine green and is home to a rare

Left, Litlington Tea Gardens, just outside Alfriston. Below, Sophie Davies saddles up in Lewes. Bottom, Eastbourne Pier at sunset.

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14th-century Wealden hall house (bought in 1896 by the National Trust for just 10). The High Street is lined with antique shops and timber-framed pubs seemingly unchanged since the reign of King Edward III. Keen readers should head to the villages award-winning independent bookstore Much Ado Books. Its owners, Nash Robbins and Cate Olson, are Americans who fell in love with the area and moved here from Boston ten years ago. Their shop has built up quite a following, hosting talks and reading groups on the first floor. There is no place like the South Downs. We pinch ourselves, Robbins says. We are always struck by the number of artists, novelists and musicians who live in the area or come to visit, and felt this place was just right for what we hoped to do. This part of East Sussex has strong literary and artistic connections, and was a one-time country retreat of the London-based Bloomsbury Set (the group of 20th-century artists, writers and free-thinkers remembered as much today for their art as for their convoluted love lives). You can take a cultural detour from the South Downs Way here, striking out along a wide, chalk path known as Old Coach Road. First stop St Michael and All Angels Church in Berwick, to see murals painted by Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, two founding Bloomsbury Set members who settled nearby. Back on the Old Coach Road heading west you arrive at Charleston Farmhouse, their former home. This they filled with art and their circle of Bohemian friends, painting the interior in a distinct, decorative style which is so evocative of the time. 88 |
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A tough uphill climb to the top of Firle Beacon takes you back onto the main South Downs Way and a smooth and speedy stretch along the ridge with views south towards Newhaven and the sea. From here, it is down into Rodmell where Bells sister, the writer Virginia Woolf, lived. You can visit her home, Monks House, a pretty 17thcentury, weather-boarded cottage now owned by the National Trust. Allison Pritchard, the property manager here, tells us so-called Woolfies can spend the night here in the studio, though it is popular and books up a year in advance. From Rodmell the path climbs once more following Juggs Road, an age-old track once used to carry fish from Brighton to Lewes market. There is something deeply resonant about following paths trod for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years. Flying along on a state-of-theart mountain bike you cant help but reflect on how much harder the going must have been back then. Visitors head to the hip and historic market town of Lewes today not so much for fish but to visit the castle, wander round the many boutique and antique shops, hang out in cafs and drink in the towns distinctly Boho vibe. We suffered a series of setbacks

Left, ye olde tracks make for an evocative cycle. Below, Virginia Woolf's shed cum studio at Monk's House. Bottom, smart interiors at the gorgeous Georgian property, Hotel du Vin in Winchester.

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While there is plenty of accommodation to choose from along the South Downs Way, annual events such as Charleston Literary Festival (, Glyndebourne Opera season ( and at Goodwood ( uk) put pressure on bookings so it is worth planning well in advance. Check out, too, when fundraisers such as the South Downs Trailwalker take place. For a list, go to BudGet Numerous campsites along the trail include Pleasant rise Farm (+44 1323 870 545;, Buncton Manor Farm (+44 1903 812 736; bunctonmanor.supanet. com), with yurts at Meon Springs (+44 1730 823 794; B&B Photographer Emily Mott and I stayed overnight in Rodmell at 1 rodmell house (+44 1273 479 620) from 35 per night, and at deep thatch Cottage (+44 1273 477 086; deepthatchcottage. from 75 per night. the Barn at Penfolds (+44 1798 831 496; thebarnatpenfolds. in Bury is a wonderfully comfortable B&B with warm and welcoming hosts, from 55 to 85 per night. upper Parsonage Farm (+44 1730 823 490; in East Meon charges from 95 per night. BLow out Sleep in style at Pelham house (+44 1273 488 600; in Lewes, with prices from

85 to 280 per night. Sink into a four-poster bed in the lavish surroundings of a 900-year-old castle at Amberley Castle hotel (+44 1798 831 992;, from 315 to 680 per night. We stayed at winchesters hotel du vin (+44 844 748 9267;, 165 to 255 per night.

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High points along the route are, quite literally, Ditchling Beacon (248m above sea level), South Harting Down (221m) and Butser Hill (270m) from where the views, on a sunny day, are panoramic. Historic stop-offs include Lewes Castle (, Arundel Castle (arundelcastle. org), Bignor Roman Villa (, Winchester Cathedral (winchester-cathedral. and The Great Hall, home to fabled King Arthurs Round Table which hangs here on the wall ( ).

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Below, cows spotted grazing from Juggs Road. Right, the girls' knight in shining Lycra takes leave after having fixed their broken bikes. Below, break time.

after Lewes, with three punctures in quick succession and a broken bicycle chain. Stranded on a hillside halfway to Ditchling Beacon, which at 248 metres above sea level is not only the highest point in East Sussex but also the remotest part of the trip, we learned some important lessons namely the importance of carrying spare parts and a repair kit, of which we had neither, and of possessing some basic bicycle maintenance skills. We were rescued by a knight in shining Lycra who thundered down the hill towards us. He stopped, rummaged in his rucksack, fixed the chain and we were off. The South Downs Way is a wellpedalled path for serious cyclists like our hero, charging from Winchester to Eastbourne in a day. The record time to complete the trail is an unofficial seven hours and 50 minutes some even go there and back in a day. This feat of endurance is dubbed the South Downs Double, which is all the more remarkable when you consider the total climb of 4,150 metres each way. We allowed ourselves a leisurely four days with plenty of time for stop-offs. Anthony Begg, founder of cycling website, says: People underestimate the South Downs Way. They think its going to be easy but it isnt its equivalent to cycling up Snowdon four times. Our route is dotted with long barrows and tumuli ancient burial
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One of the wonderful things about the South Downs Way is that, while it can feel very remote, the nearest village (and therefore pub) is generally only a couple of miles away. Travelling east to west as we did, Alfriston boasts historic the George Inn (+44 1323 870 319; and the Star (+44 1323 870 495; both serving up hearty lunches. the ram Inn (+44 1273 858 222; in the flint-clad hamlet of Firle is well worth a detour and overnight stay if your itinerary allows. Visitors in Rodmell head to the Abergavenny Arms (+44 1273 472 416, for a warm welcome and good pub grub. At Pyecombe, the Plough (+44 1273 842 796; theploughpyecombe. is a good stop-off. Further on, the buzzy Downland village of Steyning boasts the Chequer Inn (+44 1903 814 437; chequerinnsteyning., while in Amberley, the Bridge Inn (+44 1798 831 619; bridgeinnamberley. com) offers locally-sourced, homemade food. At Graffham, the Foresters Arms Inn (+44 1798 867 202; has a delicious-looking menu, or stop off at the Bluebell at Cocking (+44 1730 810 200; nearby. On the final stretch, the Five Bells at Buriton (+44 1730 263 584; is a favourite stop with cyclists and walkers. Spot mountain bikes parked outside the Shoe Inn at Exton (+44 1489 877 526; Arriving in Winchester, the Black Boy pub (+44 1962 861 754;, sits opposite Michelin-starred restaurant the Black rat (+44 1962 844 465;

grounds dating back to the Bronze Age. The next stop is the steep chalk hill of Ditchling Beacon, the site of one of several Iron Age hill forts. Cycle on and there are more to be found at Devils Dyke valley and at Chactonbury Ring, a sacred and mysterious place said to be haunted. Cissbury Ring, spread across 60 acres and the largest such hill fort in Sussex, can also be viewed from here. Later in the journey, the route passes a group of five Bronze Age mounds called Devils Jumps and it is worth parking your bike here to take a closer look. Old Winchester Hill, 18 kilometres outside the city, is another imposing hill-top fort. The pretty thatched village of Amberley marks the halfway point of the trip. From here, the wildflower-lined path, until now chalky, turns harder and flintier. It becomes more shaded, too, and 94 |
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entering areas of woodland brings welcome respite from the heat and, on more blustery days, shelter from wind and rain. We cycled 160 kilometres in glorious sunshine but South Downs veterans we passed told of a very different story, when biting winds tear along the ridge. The final leg of the journey takes you to the top of Butser Hill, 270 metres above sea level and the highest point along the Downs. From here the going becomes gentler, the hills rolling rather than steep and the landscape altogether cosier, dotted with farmsteads and crisscrossing country roads. The rivers

Main, halfway through the trail, a view of Bury. Above, The Shepherd's Hut at The Barn at Penfold's is small but perfectly formed accommodation. Right, the river at Meon Springs.


The perfect shot

Holidays and travel are special times we all want to cherish, which is why capturing beautiful photos is essential to help keep memories alive. Czech travel photographer Lucie Debelkova offers an idiot-proof guide on how to get the best shots with Canon cameras.
LENSES For portraits, Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM or a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM are great, for letting in more light in than a standard zoom. For street or landscapes, Canons EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS gives you the flexibility to shoot up close and far away without having to change lenses. SPARE BATTERIES AND MEMORY CARDS If youre traveling, you might not be able to charge up for a few days. Always be prepared with back-up batteries, and extra memory cards so you dont have to delete as you go along or run out of storage at a crucial snapping moment. TRIPOD Clean, sharp imagery is an absolute must and a tripod can help you always achieve this. Opt for a lightweight, portable version so it wont hinder your travels. POLARISING FILTER This is perhaps the most useful screw-on travel filter, especially for landscapes. It can minimise haze and glare, and enhance colours.
For further advice and top tips, check out Canons online tutorials for more inspiration on taking your next photographic step, available at canon. ie/yournextstep. Canon EOS Cameras, Lens & Accessories are available from selected Electrical Retailers & all Specialist Photographic Stores nationwide More information at

here are many things to consider when shooting a variety of subjects dramatic landscapes, friends, family or locals all of which offer a range of challenges. Ive been shooting for years on Canon, and their latest entry-level cameras EOS 100D and EOS 700D are fantastic products that are easy to use and will really help your photography improve. The following tips will help further aid you in capturing a visually stunning record of your travels. For people shots, experiment with exploring interesting angles and perspectives. Think outside the box as opposed to opting for the usual posed shots in front of a famous landmark. Try to feature local people rather than tourists as this gives you a sense of local everyday life, although, people shots require people skills, so be hospitable and sensitive to feelings and local cultures and always get polite permission. For nature and wildlife, observe your subjects movements for a while to ensure you capture the scene in the most natural way possible. Compose shots with a clean background to get the best results for example try

to include as much clear blue sky or dusty desert as possible so your subject will stand out. To make your landscapes more compelling, consider your viewpoint try shooting from high up on a bridge, terrace or hilltop. This works especially well when shooting crowds or cityscapes as it will help convey size. Also, a wellplaced person can add human interest and scale to features like waterfalls and buildings.

Twilight photography can be evocative. City lights sparkle, the movement of water becomes a misty blur, passing cars can leave trails of light. To achieve crisp, sharp images of illuminated fountains, cathedrals or market places at night youll need a tripod to support the camera at longer shutter speeds. The EOS 700D has a wide ISO range that lets you change how sensitive the sensor is to light.

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And finally
Direct trains run from Gatwick Airport to Eastbourne every 30 minutes. The journey takes just under one hour, though you are not allowed to take mountain bikes on trains travelling through London or Brighton at peak travel times. Go to for up-to-date information. You can hire bikes for 39.95 for one day, 74.95 for one week, through Walk & Cycle (, which also organises bag transfers and supported cycling holidays. You may also find the following websites useful when planning your trip: (offering an insiders guide to what to expect from the route); the official National Trail website (; (for suggested itineraries, baggage transfers, etc); (the English tourist board's website with a guide to approved places to stay).


Itchen and Meon meander through the valley here and we passed idyllic fly-fishing scenes at Meon Springs. Press on and you can picnic at the top of Beacon Hill, one of a number of nature reserves along the South Downs Way. Up here, the sense of space and peace is hard to define but is wonderfully restorative and calming to the mind. From now on, it is a gentle downward slope the ever increasing hum of the M3 a reminder that reality is just a few miles away. Entering Winchester from the east, the South Downs Way comes to a halt at City Mill on the banks of the River Itchen at the bottom of Broadway, the main shopping street. Tradition has it that if you head for the Hospital of St Cross and Almshouse of Noble Poverty and knock at the Porters Gate (which today doubles as the entrance to its gift shop) you will be given Wayfarers Dole of beer and 96 |
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bread, said to be England's oldest form of charity, dating back almost 900 years. This signalled the end of our 160-kilometre journey. Exhausted, exhilarated, dusty and slightly sunburned, we checked into the citys swanky Hotel du Vin, washed, changed and headed to Michelin-starred restaurant The Black Rat to celebrate. Here we dined in splendid style on seared scallops, black pudding crumble, pickled apple puree and the like, with lemon verbena parfait and beech leaf sorbet for pudding all utterly delicious. We toasted our endeavours, declared this our best dinner ever, before heading for our hotel rooms and straight to bed.

Left, Michelinstarred fuel, rest and relaxation at The Black Rat restaurant in Winchester, whose Tandoori-rubbed buffalo shin fillet, clay baked spuds and buffalo cheese, below, were a hit.

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Lake Como has never looked so good the view from the comfort of Grand Hotel Tremezzo's T Spa.

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As summer melts into autumn, Lucy White slips into a fluffy robe to reveal some of the worlds most luxurious spas. Hibernation has never felt so good. T Spa at Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como

Italy is all about romance, and no less so than at Grand Hotel Tremezzo. It positively oozes amore; an Art Nouveau palace with 20,000 square metres of centuryold, stuff-of-fairytales parkland. So its no surprise that it lavishes attention on couples in its T Spa. Their private suite for two couldnt be more aphrodisiacal than if Venus herself was in repose in its whirlpool tub. It also houses a Turkish bath, sauna, day bed and garden. Loveydovey types can also hire out the spa after hours (from 200). By day, the indoor-to-outdoors infinity pool and solarium has pinch-me views of Lake Como, Bellagio and the Grigne mountains. By night, one can whisper sweet nothings in total privacy but for the twinkling of stars, the bubbles of one of five Jacuzzis, and the sparkle of champagne flutes. Singletons need not miss out either: the spa menu includes the worlds best beauty know-how sourced from east to west and those lakeside views are for everyone.
Signature treatments start at 220. Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Via Provinciale Regina, 8, 22019, Tremezzo Province of Como, Italy, +39 034 442 491;

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Monart, Co Wexford
Just arriving at Monart is enough to lower the blood pressure. Set among 48 hectares of lush wood and lake land, the spa alone covers a whopping 2,400 square metres; a utopia of fluffy white robes, ambient lighting, thermal suites, indoor and outdoor saunas, hydrotherapy pools, a hammam, and VOYA and Pevonia Botanica products. In one relaxation room, circular mounted seats, pictured, are so comfy and reassuringly womb-like you wont ever want to leave, while complimentary studio classes, from Swiss ball to aqua aerobics, are for the less sedentary among us. Accommodation at this selfappointed spa destination includes luxurious timber chalets as well as rooms in the original Georgian mansion. But you dont have to be a resident to enjoy Monarts treats day packages start at 65. Meanwhile, Zen wont ever be shattered by screaming, splashing children this is an adults-only wonderland.

The Autumn Regeneration package (until October 31; Winter Regeneration November 1 to December 31) costs 235 and includes two nights B&B, one dinner, one treatment and unrestricted access to the thermal suite. Monart, The Still, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, Ireland, 053 923 8999;

Polished chrome and pewter. Calacatta and black Italian marble. Flickering fireplaces. Could a spa be any sexier? Opened to much fanfare in 2011, ESPA Life remains one of Londons premiere oases, its 3,300 square metres across three floors undulating with soft contours and reflective surfaces. Its not just style over substance either, the indulgent massages, facials and scrubs enhanced by detox and lifestyle programmes to help aid sleep, weight loss and fitness rehabilitation. You get what you pay for here; anyone booking a treatment exceeding three hours gains full access to the thermal suite, including pool, hammam, amphitheatre sauna, steam room and ice fountain. Elsewhere, shabby nails can be gussied up in the Nail Studio, hairdressing is by Daniel Galvin, naturopathy by Max Tomlinson and personal training by Stephen Price.

ESPA Life at The Corinthia, London

The Summer Essentials Day Spa package costs 350 and includes a scrub, massage, facial, manicure or pedicure, full access to the thermal floor and a two-course lunch. Valid until September 30. The Corinthia, Whitehall Place, London, +44 20 7321 3050; espalifeatcorinthia. com

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Explore Spa at Le Mridien Ra Beach Hotel & Spa, Catalonia

If you like champagne and sunsets with your spa, then Le Mridien Ra Beach Hotel is nirvana. Located on eight kilometres of Catalonian coastline, just 50 kilometres southwest of Barcelona, this beachfront property is not only perfectly situated but is superstylish and boasts one of the biggest spas in Europe. Size does matters here, its choice of Ayurvedic and Thalassotherapy treatments complementing its La Prairie, Vichy and signature offerings. That the Explore Spa has three bars (!) and a

Thalasso sundeck complete with double cocoon beds overlooking the Mediterranean gives it the edge over other more earnest, or sequestered, wellness centres. Spa packages start at 140, full-day Experiences from 270. And when not lolling on a sunbed, stroking your newly exfoliated/wrapped/massaged limbs, there are wineries, a marine reserve and Sitges to explore nearby. There are also three self-catering apartment options, while the pretty pool and dining area has wedding written all over it.

For up-to-date B&B and spa packages, visit the website below. Le Mridien Ra Beach Hotel & Spa, Avinguda Sanatori 1, El Vendrell, 43880, Spain, +34 977 694 200;

The Peninsula Spa, New York

Summer may be on the wane, but in New York City, September can still be warm which makes The Peninsulas spa super-cool. Spanning 250 square metres, its rooftop terrace has enviable views of Manhattan, its plump sun loungers the source of a moral dilemma: to fizzle here, or use the state-of-theart gym ? The spas pool shares the same spectacular panorama, Alexandra Champalimauds luxe interiors handmade wooden chairs, bamboo and teak floors, and a 24-carat-gold mosaic in earthy contrast with the urban vista. As ESPAs flagship US spa, it offers several treatments by the brand, but also Biologique Recherche facials and Ayurvedic options. Each treatment starts with a tea ceremony and foot ritual, while the Relaxation Room has cosy, cocoon-like screened beds.
The spa is open to all hotel guests and day spa clients booking a minimum two-hour treatment. Retreat spa-only packages start at $690. The Peninsula, 700 Fifth Avenue at 55th Street, New York, +1 212 956 2888;


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The worlds first industrial city, in north-west England, is now the definition of cool its reinvention marked with hip hotels, bars, restaurants and shops, as Lucy White discovers.
Manchester has a broad variety of hotels to suit all pockets and tastes, from five-star fancies to pub B&Bs. STYLISH Just off the beaten track, Great John Street (Great John Street, +44 161 831 3211; eclectichotels. is a Victorian schoolhouse transformed into a stylish hotel of 30 individually designed duplex suites. Bathtubs are freestanding, toiletries organic, breakfasts hearty, cocktails fabulous and theres a hot tub on the roof terrace, so bring your togs. Rooms from 106.80. RACY Malmaison (1 Gore Street, +44 161 278 1000; can always be relied upon for urban oases across the UK, and Manchesters outpost is no exception. It is also rather risqu: Robert Mapplethorpestyle photography lurks in hallways, lighting is nightclub-dark, and theres in-room massage oil. Meat lovers will dig the restaurants oak-smoked steaks and MalBurgers, while breakfasts combine a buffet and la carte. Rooms from 119. PARTY Night owls will love Velvet (2 Canal Street, +44 161 236 9003; A bar and restaurant prior to 2009, the grand dame of Manchesters Gay Village is also a 19-room hotel, whose clubbing packages put revellers in rooms above the bar so that light-sleepers can unwind in the upper storeys. Dcor is New York loft chic and there are Ren treats in bathrooms. Rooms from 75.

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Reflecting its multiculturalism, Manchesters dining scene is wonderfully diverse theres Chinatown and Curry Mile, south of the city centre in Rusholme, in addition to chichi restaurants. UPSCALE If The French doesnt win a Michelin star, Ill eat my pork pie hat its executive chef Simon Rogan already has two at Cumbrias LEnclume and hes working the same magic at The Midland Hotel (Peter Street, +44 161 236 3333; the-french. Expect thoroughly modern British cuisine, and a surprisingly informal atmosphere thanks to convivial service staff. Three courses 27; six courses 55; ten courses 79. HIPSTER The brainchild of local burger joint Almost Famous, Luck Lust Liquor & Burn (100102 High Street, +161 832 8644; may not trip easily off the tongue but it sure tickles the taste buds. Purveyors of CalMex, LLLBs dishes are as kitsch as the Americana dcor, with names such as Bikini Hottie and Best Damn Bacon Roll in Little Mexico. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. COMFORTING Carb haters look away: Bakerie, below, (43-45 Lever Street, Northern Quarter, +44 161 236 9014; is a must visit. Part bakery, part wine bar, this yeast-loving operation inclusively offers vegan, as well as gluten- and dairy-free options. It also runs next doors Pie & Ale, whose freshly made pies are paired with the choice of six micro-brewed draught beers.

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Anticlockwise from top left, The Midland's magnifique restaurant, The French; duplex rooms at Great John Street; the sun shines on the Rainy City's Piccadilly Gardens; the delectable Velvet hotel on Canal Street.

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Left, contemporary cultural hub, The Whitworth Art Gallery. Clockwise from right, all in the Northern Quarter menswear boutique Oi Polloi, chirpy street art, and Manchester Craft & Design Centre.

The city centre has every kind of watering hole, from dad pubs to wine bars to cocktail clubs. (Hot tip: Head to buzzy suburb Chorlton for craft beers and insanely cheap cocktails at The Font Bar). QUIRKY The Oast House (The Avenue Courtyard, Spinningfields, Crown Square, +44 161 829 3830; really does resemble an old hop kiln except it is as new as the glassy office towers that dwarf it. Totally faux but it totally works, moreover, it serves cocklewarming bites such as charcuterie and Ploughmans boards, and also hosts craft beer and ale tastings. Great outdoor space too. LIVELY Italian-American style bar and restaurant du jour SoLita (Turner Street, +44 161 839 2200; has atmosphere in droves and great cocktails. While its drinks menu is not particularly extensive, the herbinfused gin of Rosemarys Ruin and the zesty tequila undercurrents of Don Mermelade are worth a goo. ECLECTIC Cocktails are a USP at The Alchemist (3 Hardman Street, Spinningfields and 1 New York Street;, whose concoctions are more experimental than the usual mojitos for instance, the Flower Sour is a beguiling mix of gin, lavender foam and rose and violet liqueur. Also serves gastro-pub cuisine, and there are heated outdoor terraces.

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COOL The Northern Quarter has always been a hub for Manchesters indie kids but now its at the height of its hipster powers. Theres menswear boutique Oi Polloi (63 Thomas Street, +44 161 831 7870;, fantastic gift shop cum vegetarian caf Oklahoma (74-76 High Street, +44 161 834 1136) and unique pieces at the Manchester Craft & Design Centre (17 Oak Street, +44 161 832 4274;, which houses 19 working studio boutiques and whose patron is Elbows Guy Garvey. POSH Cleverly reconstructed after the 1996 IRA bombing, Exchange Square is where high street and luxury brands meet, its Arndale and The Triangle shopping centres brushing up against Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. Its sunny aspect and amphitheatre setting and pubs The Oyster Bar and The Wellington attract big crowds in summer. CULTURAL Manchester has a wealth of museums and art galleries, which also have excellent shops. So if you happen to be visiting the big three Whitworth Art Gallery (though closed this month), Manchester Museum and Manchester Art Gallery dont leave without a print of your favourite artwork, a coffee table book or locally produced artisanal textiles.

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Established 1960


Irelands Leading Cashmere Store

Frommers Travel Guide

Mr. Tom Monaghan

A trip to Dublin would not be complete without visiting Tom Monaghan in his store in Dublins Royal Hibernian Way. Monaghans is famous for its cashmere and has been in business for over 50 years, selling a wide range of classic cashmere in the latest styles and colours for both men and women. As it is the year of The Gathering, if your family name is Monaghan, Tom would personally love to meet you in-store and offer you an extra 10% discount in addition to your tax free rebate on the horizon tax free card for all non-eu residents. (Terms & Conditions apply)
Monaghans Cashmere, Royal Hibernian Way, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Phone: +353 (0)1 6794451



Torontonians say that TrINITY BELLWooDS PArK is the back yard for everyone who doesnt have a back yard. Its a great place to hang out and people watch, amenities include three-ball diamonds, eight tennis courts, two volleyball courts, a picnic area, a wading pool and a childrens playground. (Park starts at Strachan and Queen;


The ArT GALLErY oF oNTArIo (317 Dundas Street West, +1 416 979 6648; houses an extensive collection of Canadian art, notably works by the Group of Seven, from 1920-1933, and also has the largest collection of public works by British sculptor Henry Moore. And check out the David Bowie exhibit from September 25 to November 27.


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Cork-born UX designer Linn Vizard shares her favourite haunts in the Canadian city of Toronto.

THE LANSDoWNE CoNE (659 Lansdowne Avenue, +1 647 228 3300; is a wonderful, independent ice-cream parlour. I always have pistachio almond crunch and chocolate but, for the more adventurous, there are delights such as Birthday Cake, and Tiger Tail (orange and liquorice).

A beautiful diner dating back to the 1930s, THE LAKEVIEW (1132/1134 Dundas Street West, +1 416 850 8886; is a much-loved spot among the Toronto brunch crowd. Its menu is reasonably priced, and the malted shakes generously sized. Moreover, its open 24 hours and scenes from David Cronenbergs Cosmopolis were filmed here.


THE DrAKE HoTEL (1150 Queen Street West, +1 416 531 5042; is in the middle of it all, hosting regular gigs and cultural events. With rooms ranging from solo to suite (from $169 per night), youll find something to suit your travel needs. It also has a great restaurant with a popular brunch menu.

Corkwoman Linn Vizard has been working in Toronto for 18 months. A graduate of NCAD, her Canadian career has thrown her head over heels into the design and tech world. She works as a designer at a usability consultancy and, in her spare time runs meet-up group Service Design Toronto, and explores this diverse and exciting city on her vintage yellow bicycle. @wittster.

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Craft and micro-breweries are booming in popularity in Toronto, and leading the pack on the trendy Ossington strip is BELLWOODS BREWERY (124 Ossington Avenue, +1 416 535 4586; Be warned by 6pm on Saturdays there are queues out the door, due to popularity and limited capacity. However, it also has a Bottle Shop if you want to buy beer to take home.

THE BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA (506 Bloor Street West, +1 416 637 3123; is a documentary cinema, the first of its kind in North America. Originally opened in 1913, it now screens only documentaries and is a venue for the Toronto Film Festival (September 5-15; Describing itself as the ultimate treasure hunt, second-hand chain store VALUE VILLAGE (multiple locations; is a thrifters dream. You can find everything here, from clothing and furniture to records and toys, the thrill of finding the perfect 1980s dress or a flip clock alarm radio never ceases to amaze ... BLACK DICE CAFE (1574 Dundas Street West; is a tiny Japanese Rockabilly bar. I love hanging out here, playing the vintage pinball machine and listening to the retro jukebox. There is also a kitschy menu of snacks and sake-based cocktails. It can get busy on weekend nights, so arrive early if you want a table.

For a unique experience, check out the BACKYARD AXE THROWING LEAGUE (213 Sterling Road; You can book the venue for events for ten-plus people, which includes coaching, then a tournament. Its also BYOB which adds to the danger/fun level. If you would rather just watch the pros, drop by on league nights.

ARMED (1024 Dundas Street West, +1 647 988 9462; is my favourite Toronto jewellery store. Owned by the self-taught designer Desiree Girlato, her jewellery is unique and eye catching, with everything from small brooches to large body pieces. Desiree is also super friendly and chatty, and offers great ideas on how to style the pieces.

The best dining experience I have encountered in Toronto so far is CHANTECLER (1320 Queen Street West, +1 416 628 3586; The ambience, food, service and cocktails are second to none. A tasting menu, which will blow your socks off, is available weekends only by reservation.

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Here, at the waters edge of Lough Lein, escape into a world of relaxed elegance while enjoying one of the most breathtaking views in Ireland Enjoy complimentary access to the Active Level of ESPA at The Europe which includes 20m lap pool, indoor and outdoor vitality pools, heat experiences, lifestyle showers, technogym and relaxation areas. Horse Riding and Indoor Tennis are also complimentary Visit and discover why The Europe Hotel & Resort has been awarded Best Five Star Hotel in Ireland & Supreme Winner of 2012 Gold Medal Award for Excellence - Hotel & Catering Review Awards

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Welcome Aboard
For your comfort and safety
Please pay attention while the cabin crew demonstrate the use of the safety equipment before take-off. Also, make sure to read the safety instruction card, which is in the seat pocket in front of you. Seat belts must be fastened during take-off and landing, and whenever the Fasten Seat Belts sign is switched on. We recommend that you keep your seat belt loosely fastened throughout the flight. Your seat must be in the upright position during takeoff and landing, but can be reclined by pressing the large button in the armrest. Other buttons (in the armrest or above your head, depending on the aircraft) may be used to operate your reading light and air vent, or to call a cabin attendant.

ar mhaithe de do chompord agus le do shbhilteacht ...

... iarraimid ort aird mhaith a thabhairt, ar an bhfoireann cbin ag ts na heililte agus iad ag taispeint conas an fearas slndla a sid. Iarraimid ort an crta threoraca slndla at i bpca an tsuochin os do chomhair a lamh chomh maith. Caithfear criosanna sbhla bheith ceangailte le linn ir agus tuirlingthe agus ag aon am a bhonn an comhartha Fasten Seat Belts ar iasadh. Molaimid duit an crios sbhla bheith leathcheangailte agat i rith an turais. Le linn ir agus tuirlingthe, n mr do shuochan bheith sa suomh ingearach. Ag am ar bith eile, is fidir an suochn a chur siar ach br ar an gcnaipe mr at ar an taca uillinne. T cnaip eile ann (ar an taca uillinne n os do chionn, ag brath ar an eitlen) chun sid a bhaint as an solas litheoireachta n as an ngaothaire, n chun glaoch ar bhall den fhoireann cbin.

Portable electronic equipment

Portable electronic equipment may interfere with aircraft equipment, creating a potentially hazardous situation. With safety as our priority, we ask you to pay particular attention to the following: Mobile phones and all other personal electronic equipment must be switched off and stowed safely as soon as the aircraft doors are closed. It is not permissible to use any electronic device to transmit or receive data during the flight, however devices equipped with flight mode, or the equivalent, may be used. Flight mode should be selected before the device is switched off. Devices PermitteD at any time: Devices powered by micro battery cells selected, laptops, PDAs with built-in Wi-Fi with Wireless Off setting selected. Devices ProhibiteD at all times: Devices transmitting radio frequency

and/or by solar cells; hearing aids (including digital devices); pagers (receivers only); heart pacemakers.

Devices PermitteD in Flight but not During taxi/take-oFF/

initial climb/aPProach lanDing: Laptops with CD ROM or DVD drive, palmtop organisers, handheld calculators without printers, portable audio equipment (eg Walkman, CD-player, Mini-disk player, iPod and MP3-player). For the comfort of other passengers, audio devices should be used with a headset. Computer games (eg Gameboy, Nintendo DS). Video cameras/recorders, digital cameras, GPS handheld receivers, electric shavers, electronic toys. Bluetooth devices with mobile phones in Flight mode, devices with Blackberry technology with Flight/Flight Safe mode

intentionally such as walkietalkies, remote controlled toys; wireless computer equipment (eg mouse, keyboard); PC printers, DVD/CD writers and Mini-disk Recorders in the recording mode; digital camcorders when using CD write facility; portable stereo sets; pocket radios (AM/ FM); TV receivers; telemetric equipment; peripheral devices for handheld computer games (eg supplementary power packs connected by cable); wireless LAN (WLAN). Laptops with built-in WLAN (eg Centrino) may be used during flight, provided the WLAN option is turned off and subject to the restrictions associated with the use of laptops detailed above.

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Aer Lingus is delighted to welcome you on board T thas ar Aer Lingus filte ar bord a chur romhat

Food and bar service

A new range of food items including sandwiches, confectionery and a range of snacks is available for sale on all Aer Lingus scheduled services to and from the UK and Europe. A charge applies for all drinks on UK and European flights in Economy class. On long haul flights, there is a charge in Economy class for alcoholic drinks, while soft drinks are complimentary. Details of all items available for purchase are contained in an information leaflet, which is in all seat pockets.

Seirbhs bia agus beir

T raon nua bia ar fil anois ar sheirbhs sceidealta Aer Lingus a dhanann freastai ar an Riocht Aontaithe agus ar an Eoraip. Ina measc, t ceapair, milseogra agus rogha sneaiceanna agsla. N mr oc as gach deoch sa ghrd barainne ar na heitilt seo. Ar eitilt Trasatlantacha, t costas ar dheochanna neamh-mheiscila go fill ar fil saor in aisce. T sonra faoi gach rud is fidir a cheannach ar bord foilsithe sa bhileog eolais at i bpca an tsuochin os do chomhair.

News, music and movies

On long haul flights, we offer you an extensive programme of viewing and listening options. For full details, turn towards the back of this magazine.

Nuacht, ceol agus scannin

Ar eitilt Trasatlantacha t clr leathan fachana agus isteachta ar fil. Le hagaidh tuilleadh eolais, fach deireadh na hirise seo.

Fearas iniompartha leictreonach

Is fidir le fearas iniompartha leictreonach cur isteach ar threalamh an eitlein, rud a dfhadfadh bheith contirteach. Agus sbhilteacht mar phromhchram ag Aer Lingus, iarraimid ort aird sa bhreis a thabhairt ar an mr seo a leanas: Caithfear gach guthn pca agus gach fearas pearsanta leictreonach a mhchadh agus a chur i dtaisce a luaithe agus a dhntar doirse an eitlein. N ceadmhach sid a bhaint as uirlis leictreonach ar bith chun sonra a tharchur n a ghlacadh i rith na heitilte. Is ceadmhach, fach, uirlis le cumas md eitilte, n a chomhionann sin, a sid. Caithfear an lipad modh eitilte a roghn sula mchtar an uirlis. GLAsAnnA A bhfuIL ceAdAIthe I GcnA: Glasanna a bhaineann sid as Mini-disk, iPod, seinnteoir MP3). Ar mhaithe le compord na bpaisiniri eile, nor choir na glasanna seo a sid ach amhin le cluaisn. Cluich romhaire (ms Gameboy). Nl cead gaireas forimeallach a sid le cluich limhe romhaire am ar bith (ms paca forlontach cumhachta a cheanglatear le cbla). Fscheamara agus fstaifeadin, trealamh digiteach san ireamh. Ceamara digiteach. Glacadir limhe chras suite domhanda (GPS). Rsir leicreacha. Bragin leictreonacha (seachas bragin chianrialaithe). Glasanna Bluetooth i gcomhar le guthin phca agus iad i modh eitilte; uirlis a bhaineann feidhm as teicneolaocht Blackberry agus md eitilte n slnmhd eitilte roghnaithe orthu; romhair gline; romhair boise (PDA) le Wi-Fi ionsuite agus an lipad raidi mchta roghnaithe orthu. GLAsAnnA A bhfuIL cosc IomLn orthu: Glasanna a tharchuireann

micreaceallair agus/n fotaichill; cluaisn chnta (glasanna digiteach san ireamh); glaoir (gleacadin amhin); sadair.

GLAsAnnA At ceAdAIthe I rIth nA heItILte, Ach nAch

bhfuIL ceAdAIthe Le LInn don eItLen bheIth AG GLuAIseAcht Ar tALAmh/AG Ir de thALAmh/ AG tAbhAIrt fAoIn dreApAdh tosAIGh/ AG drI Ar thuIrLInGt/ AG tuIrLInGt: Romhair gline le tiomntn dlthdhiosca (CD ROM) n diosca digiteach ilside (DVD). Eagraithe pearsanta boise. ireamhin limhe gan phrintiri. Clostrealamh iniompartha (ms Walkman, seinnteoir CD, seinnteoir

minicocht raidi daon turas. Silscalaithe. Bragan chianrialaithe. Aonaid fhstaispena le feadin ga-chatadideacha. Trealamh romhaire gan sreang (ms luch). Printir PC. Schrbhneoiri DVD, CD agus taifeadin Minidisk at sa mhodh taifeadta. Ceamthaifeadin digiteacha agus iad ag athscrobh dlthdhiosca. Steirnna iniompartha. Raidinna pca (AM/ FM). Glacadiri teilifse. Trealamh teilimadrach. N cheadatear fearas LAN gan sreang (WLAN) a sid. Is fidir romhair gline a bhfuil WLAN ionsuite iontu (ms Centrino) a sd le linn na heitilte ar choinnoll go bhfuil WLAN curtha as agus faoi rir na srianta a bhaineann le hsid romhhair gline (thuas luaite).

SmokiNg In line with Irish government regulations, Aer Lingus has a nosmoking policy onboard its flights. Smoking is not permitted in any part of the cabin at any time. tobAc De rir rialachin Rialtas na hireann, t polasai i rim ar eitilt Aer Lingus nach gceadatear tobac a chaitheamh. N cheadatear daon duine tobac a chaitheamh in aon chuid den eitlen ag aon am.

Aer Lingus. nk you for choosing to fly with Tha ht. flig t san plea and able We hope you have a comfort le hAer Lingus. agus go raibh maith agat as taisteal t aga h hac eam taitn h dac por T suil againn go mbonn turas com
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Aer Lingus news

Aer Lingus LAunches #sociALjet
Aer Lingus recently unveiled #socialjet, an aircraft which has been specially designed to promote Aer Lingus Twitter and Facebook in order to drive the number of fans and followers on each social media platform. The aircraft is emblazoned with graphics which span six metres wide and 1.3 metres high and features slogans including Have you liked us yet? and Have you followed us yet? along with the @AerLingus Twitter handle and AerLingus link. The #socialjet logo is just under window level. To date, Aer Lingus has had just over 12,000 followers on Twitter and over 25,000 Likes on Facebook. Both channels have been fully resourced to handle customer queries. Aer Lingus is now active on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest and moves towards fully integrating social media with the web and customer service experience as these channels develop.

Holiday in the US and Canada in 2014

With the recent announcement of two exciting new routes to San Francisco and Toronto with Aer Lingus starting next summer and flights from Shannon to New York and Boston almost doubling in frequency, customers will have plenty of choice when booking a break stateside. Visit the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge or the wonderful bustling city of Toronto, situated on Lake Ontario. The ever-popular favourites of New York, Boston, Chicago and Orlando feature highly on the schedule with increased frequencies and year-round services. So, it is the perfect time to plan your trip to the US.

for the first half Aer Lingus recorded revenues of 657.9 million period last year. of 2013, a 5% increase compared with the same

NEW Service from Shannon to Lanzarote

From 26 October, Aer Lingus will introduce a weekly service between Shannon and Lanzarote. Flights will depart on Saturdays and operate through to the end of March. Lanzarote is a hugely popular year round destination, offering sun-seekers a perfect winter sun option. Flights are available for sale on

Airspace Lounge at JFK open for business

Aer Lingus business and Gold Circle customers can now avail of the newly opened Airspace Lounge at John F Kennedy International Airport Terminal 5. The Airspace Lounge boasts ample space and a luxurious atmosphere in a postsecurity, convenient location. The Lounge has been designed specifically to meet the needs of the modern air traveller with power outlets at every seat, a comprehensive food offering, complimentary Wi-Fi, a fully stocked bar, scanning and printing capabilities, private restrooms and excellent shower facilities.

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Drama / Sport (PG-13) StarS Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, Lucas Black, Hamish Linklater, Ryan Merriman, T.R. Knight

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Comedy (PG) StarS Jim Carrey, Angela Lansbury, Carla Gugino

Family / Animation / Comedy (G) VoicES of Jamie Bamber

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Family/ Animation / Musical (PG) VoicES of Drake Bell, Andy Dick, Fran Drescher

tHE rEEf 2 HiGH tiDE

To mark the Gathering ireland 2013 Aer Lingus presents six Irish Short Films that have achieved global recognition Irish Folk Furniture, Fluffy Mc Cloud, Fear of Flying, A Different Perspective, Homemade and Two Hearts.

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Flights From the UNiteD stAtes

Animation, Comedy, Family (PG) 92 minutes The Croods tells the story of the worlds first family road trip. When their cave is destroyed, the Crood family must embark on a comedy adventure into strange and spectacular territory in search of a new home. As if patriarch Grug didnt already have enough to handle, it goes from bad to worse when they encounter an imaginative nomad named Guy. With Guys help the Croods conquer their fear of the outside world and discover that they have exactly what it takes to survive each other. The worldwide box-office success of The Croods has launched a new franchise, with a sequel confirmed and a TV series already in development. STaRS vOiCES Of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener DiRECTOR Chris Sanders, Kirk De Micco


Drama (R) STaRS Cillian Murphy, Tim Roth, Rory Kinnear, Robert Emms, Eloise Laurence


Drama / Thriller (R) STaRS Ericka Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Stanley Tucci, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon

Comedy (NR) STaRS Josh Cooke, Liane Balaban, Barry Bostwick

Comedy (PG 13) STaRS Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci

Drama / Fantasy (PG 13) STaRS Saoirse Ronan, Jake Abel, Max Irons, William Hurt, Chandler Canterbury, Boyd Holbrook


Comedy (PG 13) STaRS Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin

Comedy (R) STaRS Julia Stiles, Rachel Boston, Kevin M. Brennan, David Cross, America Ferrera

Comedy (PG) STaRS Christian Clavier, Isabelle Nanty, Kev Adams

Drama (PG 13) STaRS Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard


Mystery / Thriller / Romance (NR) STaRS Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, Lena Olin, Charlotte Rampling, Bruno Ganz

Action / Fantasy / Sci Fi (PG-13) STaRS Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough


Action / Thriller (R) STaRS Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Radha Mitchell, Ashley Judd, Melissa Leo To mark The Gathering ireland 2013 Aer Lingus presents six Irish Short Films that have achieved global recognition Irish Folk Furniture, Fluffy Mc Cloud, Fear of Flying, A Different Perspective, Homemade and Two Hearts.


Drama (R) STaRS Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Ray Liotta

SafE HavEN
Drama / Romance (PG 13) STaRS Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders

Family / Animation / Comedy (PG) vOiCES Of Jamie Foxx, Will I Am, Jane Lynch, Jesse Eisenberg



Family / Comedy (G) STaRS Selena Gomez, Joey King, John Corbett, Bridget Moynahan

Family / Animation / Fantasy (G)


vOiCES Of Frank Welker, Mindy Cohn, Grey DeLisle

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On Demand TV allows you to select and view your favourite TV shows. Dont miss the most anticipated new shows on TV in this extensive choice of award-winning Comedy, Drama, Documentary, Lifestyle and Kids programmes.


On demand


An Apology to Elephants Enter a world of award-winning documentaries An Apology to Elephants, Dust and Stripes, Wild Mississippi, Tulip Bubble, Animal Odd Couples, Killing Lincoln and the Megafactories series focuses on Guinness. Music documentary highlights include Classic Album U2 (The Joshua Tree), 1D All for One and Video Killed The Radio Star focuses on the iconic David Bowie. To celebrate The Gathering 2013 two must see documentaries are Secret Life of the Shannon and Secrets of the Irish Landscape. Rebuilding New Yorks Breezy Point tells the story of a GPA-led team of stars

Secrets of the Irish Landscape who travelled with the support of Aer Lingus to help reconstruct a devastated community inflicted by Superstorm Sandy. Multiple episodes of Premium Factual documentaries are available On Demand, from History Channel enjoy three episodes of Mankind The Story of All of Us, narrated by Josh Brolin and Stephen Fry. History Channel also presents the Emmy award-winning America: The Story of the US and from the National Geographic Channel there are three episodes of the technology series Engineering Connections, and three episodes of Great Migrations.

Programmes include Storage Wars New York, Hestons Fantastical Food, Jamie and Jimmys Food Fight Club, Other Voices, HBC Golfing World and Race of Champions.


Bride to be

Dont miss Dermots Secret Garden, Project Runway All Stars, Bride To Be and Who Do You Think You Are? New series Auction takes us into some of the worlds greatest auction houses and Fitzpatrick Hotels New York tells John Fitzpatricks unique story of his New York. To mark The Gathering 2013 Aer Lingus presents four episodes of The Genealogy Roadshow part historical detective story, part emotional journey, a team of experts takes genealogy to the heart of a country and uniquely offers ordinary people the opportunity to find their place in history.

Kids will enjoy Disney favourites Doc Mc Stuffins and Handy Manny and from Monster Entertainment kids will love Im A Creepy Crawly and Roobard and Custard. Tweens and Teens will love Glee and Disneys Good Luck Charlie and Jessie.


Doc McStuffins

Ripper Street

Modern Family


As we witness a golden age in TV drama, Aer Lingus offers an engaging choice of DRAMA TV with multiple episodes available of the hottest drama from the US and UK. There are also one-off episodes to select from in brand new Dallas, Gossip Girl, Treme and Glee. Three episodes of brand new BBC Drama, Ripper Street, are available. This compelling, gritty crime drama with a stellar cast, which is set in Victorian London, is fused with rich episodic storylines that meld with the intrigue of a criminal underworld as it follows the battle of the men whose job it is to bring the law to the lawless. According to The Guardian, Ripper Street is beautifully performed, and beautiful to look at stylish, and stylised. Ripper Street is filmed in Dublin. After fabulous ratings and reviews

Game of Thrones for the first series, the moving, funny and true-to-life look at the colourful stories of midwifery in East London in the 1950s continues in Call The Midwife. Three episodes from the award-winning series 2 are available On Demand. Aer Lingus is proud to premiere the first three episodes of Season 3 of Game of Thrones. In Season 3, many critical plot points from the first two seasons come to a head, with several major characters meeting cruel fates. This epic drama is set in a fantasy continent and is a truly thrilling journey through a riveting and unforgettable fictional landscape. Production and filming for the series took place in Northern Ireland. Watch out for the first three episodes of brand new HBO Drama Banshee. This exciting new series charts the twists and turns that follow recently paroled master jewel thief Lucas Hood. Described by the Hollywood Reporter as, taut, entertaining and smarthooks you immediately.

Dont miss two episodes of the hottest comedy of the moment Modern Family. Other brand new comedy includes The Inbetweeners USA, Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Family Guy, Louie, How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, Two and A Half Men and Trollied, Comedy highlights from HBO include Veep, Enlightened and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Aer Lingus presents the first five episodes of Girls from the brand new Season 2. As Lena Dunhams award-winning hit comedy series returns to HBO; Girls, a poignant yet humourous show, follows the urban adventures of a group of 20-something NYC women. Or, take a comedic trip back in time and enjoy Father Ted, Men Behaving Badly, Arrested Development, The New Adventures of Old Christine and HBOs Entourage.


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Easy Listening

On demand
1970s Indie/Alternative Classical

Fitzpatrick Hotels
This is a contemporary easy-listening collection of songs from both sides of the Atlantic, brought to you compliments of The Fitzpatrick Hotel Group USA. With two hotels in downtown Manhattan, Grand Central and Fitzpatrick Manhattan, Fitzpatricks is the place to stay in NYC. Visit their website for more information, Fitzpatrick Hotels USA are also on Twitter & Facebook.

That 70s Show

Take a trip back to the decade famous for flares and flower power in That 70s Show. Listen out for some seriously memorable gems from The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Pink Floyd, ABBA to Lou Reed, The Who and The Clash.

Indie Hits
Tune into Indie Hits an alternative selection of tunes from bands that have now gained cult status. Bands to listen out for include grunge gods Nirvana and the inimitable Pixies, as well as other US Indie gods The Shins, The National and The Black Keys. Manchesters finest of course make an appearance in the form of The Stone Roses and Oasis.

John Kelly
On RT lyric fm, Kelly presents The John Kelly Ensemble every weekday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm. From Bach to Brian Eno, The John Kelly Ensemble transforms your afternoons with a sonic adventure like no other. Here, exclusively for Aer Lingus passengers, John provides a carefullychosen selection of classical music. You can find out more about Johns programmes on or follow him on Twitter @johnkellytweets
Traditional Irish



Talk Radio

Chart Hits
Chart Hits lifts the lid on the most up-to-the-minute Pop hits from both sides of the Atlantic. Listen out for your favourite artists in this compilation of smash hits. This exciting set of songs features hits from the worlds most successful artists including, Justin Timberlake, Nicole Scherzinger and One Direction. Also listen out for brand new songs from industry stalwarts Depeche Mode and David Bowie.

Irish Poetry Corner

Poetry has been a passion in Ireland for a couple of thousand years. Brian Munn selects and reads verses from renowned Irish Poets W.B. Yeats, Oliver Goldsmith, Percy French, Oscar Wilde and others of note. This unique selection is at times comic, romantic and always nostalgic. Enjoy this ensemble of Irish poetry produced especially for Aer Lingus to celebrate this remarkable Irish tradition.

Best of Moncrieff
Best of Moncrieff is a lively mix of funny, engaging and irreverent features. Its insightful format gives listeners a unique listening experience. Tune into Best of Moncrieff every weekday from 1.30-4.30pm on Newstalk 106-108fm for a lively mix of phone-ins, text messages and stories from around the world and down your street. Text 53106, email afternoon@ or follow Sean on Twitter @SeanMoncrieff.

Ceol na nGael
Ceol na nGael is a traditional music programme presented, in Irish, by Sen hanaigh. Sen presents Sruth na Maoile on RT Raidi na Gaeltachta. The station is the national Irish language broadcaster in Ireland, and is celebrating 40 years on air. Ceol traidisinta agus ceol tre den scoth, le Sen hanaigh. For more, visit Twitter @RTERnaG.

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On demand
Irish Countdown

Documentary On One
Documentary On One is the multi award winning radio documentary strand from RT Radio 1 (88-90FM) and is currently the most successful documentary unit in the world winning over 70 awards since 2009. The website contains over 1,000 radio documentaries all freely available to listen/podcast. You can also download the all new and free Documentary On One for iPhone and/or Android app. The documentaries featured are Kerry and The Tramp, Fire and Water and Kenmare Street.

The Big 10
98FMs Big 10 is presented by Claire Solan, the voice of the Dublin airwaves and presenter of many well-known TV shows. In this special programme commissioned for Aer Lingus, Claire uses the theme of The Gathering 2013 and remembers previous events and gatherings that have brought Ireland and Irish people together over the past decades. We hope you enjoy the music, moments and memories. For more on Claire and 98FM, visit
Folk, Roots

Opera Night
In Tales from the Opera RT lyric fm presenter Liz Nolan visits the history of this spectacular art. She presents an opera, a story, a glimpse into the lives of the characters, both real and imaginary, who have shaped the form as we know it today ...Poor Butterfly smirked Noel Coward. But can any of us remain unmoved by a story of such desperate sadness? Tales from the Opera pays homage to Puccinis Madama Butterfly.

Homecoming is a nostalgic mix of famous Irish songs selected especially for The Gathering 2013. Whether you live in Ireland, are coming home to visit relatives and friends or discover your Irish roots these Irish classics are sure to conjure up memories of days gone by. This show represents the cream of Irish talent from U2, The Pogues, The Cranberrys, Horslips, The Dubliners, The Saw Doctors to Rory Gallagher and many more. Enjoy Coming Home with Homecoming.



Join Audrey and Ogie in The Cosy Corner to enter a world of sleepy and comforting music thats sure to help little ones drift to the Land of Nod. The Cosy Corner has plenty of sleepy-time stories and meditations from all over the world; including soothing Irish lullabies. All of the lullabies are chosen especially for sleepyheads flying all over the world. So get your pillow and your blanket and get comfortable in the Cosy Corner its going to be a relaxing flight.

Phantom 105.2 is the home of very best music on Irish radio. Phantom is committed to playing new music, Indie Rock and alternative music for Dublin. Claire Beck brings you through a selection of what you will hear on Dublins alternative Radio Station! Claire presents Phantom Drive, daily from 3pm on Phantom 105.2. Turn it on and try something different! Phantom 105.2!

Jazz Alley
Take a walk down Jazz Alley with Donald Helme, featuring the best in classic and contemporary jazz. Focusing on the curious, quirky, obscure, and neglected Jazz Alley broadcasts on Irelands dedicated classical music station, RT lyric fm, each Wednesday evening at 7pm. Donald Helmes lifelong enthusiasm for jazz began in the 1950s with Count Basie, and blossomed from there to include almost all aspects of this absorbing and important music.

Roots Freeway
Niall Toner presents Roots Freeway on RT Radio 1, Irelands mostlistened-to radio station; Saturday nights at 11pm. Roots Freeway is an eclectic mix of Folk, Bluegrass, Blues and Roots Music. Toner is, first and foremost, a music fan, but he is also a songwriter and a musician in his own right, playing guitar and mandolin with his own band, The Niall Toner Band.

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Aer Lingus is pleased to bring you some suggestions and light exercises to enhance your comfort and wellbeing during your flight: Wear loose-fitting clothes on board, to allow your skin to breathe. Stretch your legs by taking a stroll through the cabin. Circle your ankles clockwise and anti-clockwise. Trace the letters of the alphabet with your foot by moving your ankles. Exercising your feet and Reducing the effects legs periodically helps to of Jet Lag: reduce possible effects of Avoid heavy food, long-duration travel. alcohol, tea or coffee the Avoid sitting or sleeping day before you travel. When you arrive at your in the same position destination, try to adjust for too long and gently your activities to the stretch muscles to new time zone. improve your circulation. Move your neck and Mild exercise on arrival shoulders during long will help to stimulate flights to prevent your circulation. stiffness.

Carry-on baggage
Carry-on baggage on Aer Lingus services is restricted to one piece per person, as well as to the weights and measurements, illustrated below.

We wish you an enjoyable experience.

Travel Tips
It is important to take time to reduce your risk of getting sick. Various viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through coughing, sneezing, or close contact with the flu. Here are some everyday preventative actions you can take to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory illness, like flu: Cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze. This will help to prevent the spread of droplets that contain germs. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available use an alcoholbased hand rub. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, this can cause the spread of germs. An important step is to get a flu vaccination, especially for elderly people, people with certain chronic health conditions, and pregnant women.

Passengers with wheelchair requirements

Our priority is to always ensure the safety and comfort of all passengers. We encourage passengers who may need assistance to contact us well in advance of their date of travel to enable us to assess their needs. If you are a wheelchair user or require wheelchair assistance when travelling on Aer Lingus services, please advise us of your requirements at least 48 hours in advance, quoting your booking reference number. Our contact details are as follows: email: Telephone: (Ireland) 0818 365 011 08:00 - 18:00 Mon-Fri & 09:00 - 17:00 Sat & Sun (UK) 0871 718 20 21 (Europe) + 353 1 886 8333 (USA) 516 622 4222

55cm (22ins) 24cm (9ins) (22 lbs) 40cm (16ins)

Maximum weight

48cm (19ins)

Maximum weight

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20cm (8ins)

33cm (13ins)

In addition you may choose to carry on one of the following, which must be placed under the seat in front: Small ladies handbag/gents satchel = 25cm (10) x 33cm (13) x 20cm (8) OR Duty Free shopping bag as well as: Baby-changing/food bag Medical/assistive devices EU security rules regarding liquids, gels and aerosols in cabin baggage apply. Flights departing the USA are subject to TSA security rules. Passengers in Row 1, or at an emergency exit, MUST store baggage in an overhead bin.

Safety brief
We would like to bring your attention to the following safety and security measures: Please pay attention to any instructions given to you by the cabin crew. Any behaviour towards a fellow passenger or cabin crew that is deemed to be threatening or abusive (including the use of offensive language) is a serious matter. As our priority is the safety of all passengers, it is important not to interrupt the cabin crew while they carry out their duties, and not to interfere with aircraft equipment. As a service to passengers, alcohol is served in the airport lounges and on board. In the interests of safety, Aer Lingus may refuse to allow you board if it is thought too much alcohol has been consumed. While the majority of passengers are responsible, there have occasionally been incidents where intoxicated passengers have caused serious safety hazards. Passengers are reminded also that during the flight you may not consume any alcohol brought onto the aircraft by you or any other passenger. The consumption inflight of Duty Free alcohol purchased from the Sky Shopping service is also prohibited. This measure is, again, necessary in the interests of flight safety. If incidents of this kind occur during a flight, the cabin crew is obliged to contact police on arrival at your final destination. The Aircraft Captain may also divert the flight enroute in order to remove disruptive passengers. Should this happen, Aer Lingus will not be responsible for getting you home, your ticket money will not be refunded, and in addition to the authorities awaiting you on landing you could be heavily fined and/or be liable to a prison sentence. In many cases, other airlines may subsequently refuse to allow you to fly with them. We emphasise that while on board the aircraft our priority is your safety. As always, we wish you a safe and enjoyable flight, as well as a safe onward journey.

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Neills is one of Dublins most famous and historic pubs. Centuries of Dublin history surround the world-renowned ONeills. Just around the corner from Trinity College, Grafton Street and the Molly Malone Statue, trade has ourished uninterrupted for over 300 years. ONeills is conveniently set in the heart of Dublin. When you pay us a visit you will receive a warm and friendly welcome and you can enjoy its ageless character, numerous alcoves, snugs, nooks and crannies. To make your visit as enjoyable as possible we offer you ...

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International Hurling Festival Ready for Take Off

Cork hurling goalkeeper Anthony Nash and former Clare great Jamesie OConnor are calling on hurling fans across the country to support the first ever International Hurling Festival, hosted by Aer Lingus in partnership with Etihad Airways, in Galway this month. The event is expected to draw a massive crowd to Galway from across Ireland and beyond from 18-21 September. I think this is a fantastic initiative by Aer Lingus, said Nash. To host a festival which both celebrates the game of hurling, and also supports the development of the game in countries across the world can only be good for the sport. I would expect that hurling fans across the country will show their support by buying a ticket and coming to Galway for the festival. Sixteen overseas teams will participate in the competition including teams from New York, San Francisco, Canada, the UK, Continental Europe, the Middle East and Australia. The tournament also helps to promote the game of hurling in developing regions by including teams such as Buenos Aires, Milwaukee, Indianapolis and a European team comprised entirely of non-Irish nationals.

Cork hurling goalkeeper Anthony Nash and former Clare great Jamesie oConnor at the announcement that tickets are now on sale for the Aer lingus and etihad Airways international Hurling Festival

Anyone who loves the game of hurling will want to be in Galway for this festival.
Anyone who loves the game of hurling will want to be in Galway for this festival, said OConnor. To see teams coming here from as far away as Argentina and Australia is amazing, not to mention a team made up entirely of non-Irish nationals. To think that the lure of the camn has now spread so far is fantastic for those of us who are passionate about the game. The qualifying games will take place in Loughrea, Ballinasloe and Gort with the finals being staged at Pearse Stadium on Saturday, 21 September. This unique festival will also bring together the Best of Irish with food, craft and entertainment also taking place at the stadium on the day of the final. Declan Kearney, Director of Communications at Aer Lingus, said they expect a

traditional Irish welcome for the travelling teams. There are teams and supporters travelling to Galway from all over the World for the first ever International Hurling Festival this month. We hope that hurling and GAA fans across the country will also make the trip to Galway and show their support for the travelling teams. With under 18s enjoying free entry, and adult tickets priced at just 5, its a very affordable way to enjoy what should be a superb few days of hurling and also support a great local cause in the Galway Hospice.

The International Hurling Festival runs from Wednesday to Saturday, September 18-21 2013. Adult tickets, priced at 5, are available from while under 18s go free and all proceeds go to the Galway Hospice. Visit for more information, Like or follow

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Route maps
Aberdeen Glasgow Edinburgh


Helsinki Stockholm



Newcastle Isle of Man Blackpool DUBLIN Manchester London Birmingham HEATHRoW Cardiff

Hamburg Berlin Warsaw

Amsterdam London Dusseldorf SouTHEND Bristol Bournemouth London GATWICK Brussels Frankfurt Jersey Rennes Paris Stuttgart Zurich Geneva Bordeaux Lyon

Prague Vienna Budapest



Santiago de Compostela


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Marseille MALPENSA Nice


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Barcelona Palma

Rome Naples Corfu Izmir Catania Athens

Lisbon Faro Malaga

Ibiza Alicante

Agadir Lanzarote Tenerife Fuerteventura Gran Canaria

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Austria Vienna Belgium Brussels Bulgaria Bourgas Canary Islands Fuerteventura Gran Canaria Lanzarote Tenerife Croatia Dubrovnik Czech Republic Prague Denmark Copenhagen Finland Helsinki France Bordeaux Lyon Marseille Nice Paris Perpignan Toulouse Rennes Germany Berlin Dusseldorf Frankfurt Hamburg Munich Stuttgart Greece Athens Corfu Hungary Budapest Ireland Kerry Italy Bologna Catania Milan (Linate) Milan (Malpensa) Naples Rome Venice Verona The Netherlands Amsterdam Morocco Agadir Poland Warsaw Portugal Faro Lisbon Spain Alicante Barcelona Bilbao Ibiza Madrid Malaga Palma Santiago de Compostela Sweden Stockholm Switzerland Geneva Zurich Turkey Izmir United Kingdom Birmingham London (Gatwick) London (Heathrow) Jersey Manchester United Kingdom Aberdeen Birmingham Blackpool Bournemouth Bristol Cardiff Edinburgh Glasgow Isle of Man London Southend Manchester Newcastle (new
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Manchester Birmingham Bristol London Heathrow Jersey Rennes LONdON GATWICK Amsterdam Brussels





Barcelona Palma Lisbon Faro Malaga Alicante


Lanzarote Las Palmas

To & From Belfast, Cork, Shannon & Gatwick

Flights operate from George Best Belfast City Airport

FROM CORK Belgium Brussels Canary Islands Lanzarote Tenerife Las Palmas France Nice Paris Rennes Germany Munich Portugal Faro Lisbon Spain Alicante Barcelona Malaga Palma Switzerland Geneva The Netherlands Amsterdam United Kingdom London Heathrow United Kingdom Birmingham Bristol Edinburgh Glasgow Jersey Manchester

FROM GATWICK Ireland Belfast Dublin Ireland West Airport (Knock)

FROM SHANNON United Kingdom London Heathrow United Kingdom Birmingham Edinburgh Manchester Portugal Faro Canary Islands Lanzarote (new route

FROM KNOCK United Kingdom Birmingham London Gatwick

Portugal Faro Spain Malaga Palma United Kingdom London Heathrow London Gatwick

commencing 26 October)

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Toronto Chicago Boston New York Dublin

San Francisco Shannon


To & From Dublin & Shannon

FROM DUBLIN USA Boston Chicago New York Orlando San Francisco Canada Toronto FROM SHANNON USA Boston New York
(Via New York/Boston with JetBlue)

Chicago Orlando

HAer Lingus is flying direct from Dublin to Toronto and San Francisco from April 2014. Aer Lingus flights are available for sale on

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Calgary Winnipeg Vancouver Seattle Portland OR

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San Juan Ponce

FLY BETWEEN THE FOLLOWING CITIES VIA DUBLIN, SHANNON, NEW YORK, BOSTON & CHICAGO new destinations with aer Lingus, in partnership with JetBlue, United airlines and aer arann Getting to the uS from destinations throughout Europe has never been easier. uS, Irish and European based customers can book a single low fare reservation between Ireland, Europe and a wide range of continental uS destinations using JFK New York, Boston and Chicago as stopovers. By choosing to fly to the united States via Dublin and Shannon with Aer Lingus, passengers can avail of united States Customs and Immigration Pre-clearance facilities at Terminal 2, Dublin airport. This facility allows passengers travelling on the majority of uS bound flights to clear uS immigration and customs before departing Dublin and Shannon. Customers arrive in the uS without any further processing requirement allowing for a seamless transfer to their final destination. neW York Connecting with JetBlue at JFk: Passengers travelling from the uS to Ireland and Europe will be able to check in bags at the JetBlue domestic departure point and then pick them up again in Shannon or Dublin. From april 3 2013, aer Lingus flight operations will move from terminal 4 at John F. kennedy international airport into JetBlues acclaimed terminal 5, at JFk. Boston Connecting with JetBlue at Boston Logan international airport: When you arrive from Dublin or Shannon, proceed directly to Terminal C for your JetBlue domestic departure. Passengers travelling from the uS to Ireland and Europe will be able to check in bags at the JetBlue departure point and then pick them up again in Shannon or Dublin. ChiCago Connecting with United airlines at ohare Chicago international airport: On arrival at Terminal Five from Dublin or Shannon, make your way to the nearby ATS (Airport Transit System), which runs every four minutes to your uA domestic departure point. Passengers from the uS to Ireland and Europe can check in bags at the uA departure point, then exit security in Chicago OHare to take the Airport Transit System to Terminal Five for the onward Aer Lingus flight, and pick up their bags in Shannon or Dublin. DUBLin Connecting with aer Lingus regional (operated by Aer Arann) at Dublin airport: Aer Linguss interline agreement with Aer Arann allows passengers connect to Aer Lingus transatlantic flights via Dublin Airport, where they can through check their luggage directly to their final uS destination.

All routes correct at time of going to press

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Via new YoRk with Jetblue aguadilla austin Baltimore Boston Buffalo Burbank Burlington charlotte chicago denver Fort lauderdale Fort Myers Houston Jacksonville las Vegas long Beach los angeles nantucket new orleans oakland orlando phoenix pittsburg ponce portland Me portland or raleigh-durham

Via Shannon with aer lingus london (Heathrow) Via Shannon with aer lingus Regional Manchester Birmingham Bristol edinburgh

rochester sacramento salt lake city san diego san Francisco san Jose san Juan seattle syracuse Tampa west palm Beach

Via boSton with Jetblue Baltimore Buffalo charleston charlotte chicago dallas Fort worth denver Ford lauderdale Fort Myers Jacksonville las Vegas long Beach los angeles nantucket new orleans

oakland orlando philadelphia phoenix pittsburg portland or raleigh-durham richmond salt lake city san diego san Francisco san Jose san Juan seattle Tampa washington (dulles) washington (national) west palm Beach

Via ChiCago with united to uSa atlanta austin charlotte charleston cincinnati chicago cleveland

columbus dallas (Fort worth) dayton denver des Moines detroit Fort Myers Grand rapids Greensboro Houston Indianapolis Jacksonville kansas city knoxville las Vegas lexington los angeles louisville Memphis Miami Milwaukee Minneapolis nantucket nashville new orleans oklahoma city omaha orange county phoenix pittsburgh

portland or raleigh-durham rochester sacramento salt lake city san antonio san diego san Francisco san Jose santa ana seattle st louis Tampa Tulsa wichita

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Middle east and australasia route network


Bahrain Abu Dhabi Muscat

Kuala Lumpur Singapore


VIa aBU DHaBI TO: Muscat Kuala Lumpur Singapore Bahrain Sydney Melbourne Sydney Melbourne

Flights are operated by our codeshare partner, Etihad Airways.

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Security Check

Terminal 2 Arrivals

If you already have a boarding card for your connecting flight, and your baggage has been tagged to your final destination, simply follow the sign for Aer Lingus Flight Connections Desk, which you will see on your left hand side as you enter the Immigration Hall. By following this sign, you will proceed to Immigration and Security Check. After clearing these points, check the information screens and proceed to your boarding gate.

If your baggage has not been tagged to your final destination you must clear Immigration, enter the baggage reclaim area, collect your bag, exit through the Customs hall and proceed to Aer Lingus check-in on the departures level. Once you have reached the departures level, check the information screens for your onward flight information, and proceed as directed to the appropriate check-in desk.

If you have any queries, or need further assistance, please go to the Aer Lingus Flight Connections Desk, which is located in the baggage reclaim area in Terminal 2, where our staff will be glad to help.

Please note: eU regulations concerning the carriage of liquids apply to your connecting flights at Dublin airport

Connecting at Heathrow Airport

Transferring to an international flight at Heathrow? Please disembark from the rear of the aircraft where a dedicated coach will take you to the Heathrow Flight Connections area and reduce your journey time by an average of 20 minutes. Please disembark From THe BACK oF THe airCraFT iF: You are an international connecting passenger and all your luggage* is checked through to your final destination *Pushchairs checked to London can be collected from the back of the aircraft Please disembark From THe FRONT oF THe airCraFT iF: london is your final destination Your onward connection is to a domestic Uk airport Your luggage needs to be collected from Heathrow You would like to leave the airport between flights You or someone you are travelling with needs special assistance

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Cloghan Castle

Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Waterford & Kilkenny Cork & Blarney Castle The Giant's Causeway The Ring of Kerry The Aran Islands Connemara & Galway Bay The Wicklow Mountains ONE DAY TOURS TO Blarney Castle NINE DAY TOURS FROM and Gardens DUBLIN
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loghan Castle is an exclusive, self catering venue ideal for that Fairytale Wedding or Party, the self catering option gives the unique opportunity to tailor your day to have it your way! Banquet Hall can seat up to 120 guests with 7 double bedrooms uniquely decorated giving an authentic castle experience in a luxurious way with central heating throughout. Ceremony and Drinks reception can be held on the battlements, in the courtyard, in our landscaped gardens or in our cosy Drawing Room with an Open Fire.

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Flight Connections


From April 3 2013, Aer Lingus will operate from Terminal 5 at New Yorks JFK Airport. While known as JetBlues T5, Aer Lingus will have its own dedicated area within the terminal, allowing for easy check in, baggage handling and seamless connections to destinations within the United States and Puerto Rico. With the move to T5, the minimum connection time from European arrivals to connecting JetBlue markets will be reduced to just 60 minutes. Customers traveling to Ireland will enjoy JetBlue connections as fast as 40 minutes. The award-winning, stateof-the-art Terminal 5 offers great features and amenities, including: Up to 15 security lanes 26 gates with seats aplenty Free Wi-Fi 55,000 sq. feet of great food and shopping Large childrens play area and much more!

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Trip of a life Time | UNiCef appeal

Rugby star Donncha OCallaghan found hell and hope among Syrian refugees in northern Lebanon.
have been lucky with my career, and also in my role as UNICEF Ireland Ambassador, to have opportunities to travel all over the world. But a recent visit to Lebanon on a mission to meet children affected by the crisis in Syria will stay with me for the rest of my life. Nothing could have prepared me for the suffering I saw as we travelled from Beirut to a remote settlement in northern Lebanon, only a few kilometres from the Syrian border. Many Irish people associate the country with the blue berets of our UN peacekeepers stationed there. These days it is home to the largest number of refugees in the region. We soon came across a settlement of makeshift tents where we discovered families hungry, thirsty and exhausted from a difficult and dangerous crossing. Without any toilets or safe drinking water on site, many of the children were very sick. I was shocked when a mother gave me her baby girl, Aisha, to hold, who is the same age as my own

Aishas story

daughter, Anna, and I could barely feel her weight in my arms. Her wrists were tiny and you could see the bones sticking out of her chest. Weve all seen those pictures but to experience it is something else. You wonder what you would do if they were your children and the answer is youd do anything you could. Even in the worst situation imaginable its important that kids are allowed to be kids. They have suffered so much. One boy was so traumatised that he couldnt speak a single word. It is up to us to ensure that they still have hope for a better future. We visited a project run by UNICEF and partners in the Bekaa region, which brings some much needed joy to the children, while helping them deal with their trauma. When I saw the staff playing with the children, I could see that those kids had a chance. Not to mention that it is the only bit of time their parents have alone together, a moments rest in an uncertain time. We cannot allow a lost generation to develop by denying Syrias innocent young victims a childhood

Left, UNICEF Ireland Ambassador Donncha OCallaghan and UNICEF Lebanons Miriam Azar muck in at a play centre for Syrian refugees in Halba. Right, a balancing act with siblings Mohmoud and Kawthar at a tented settlement.

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and an education. It was great to get on board the school on a bus that travels through the region teaching refugee children English and Arabic and know that they are not missing out on such a basic and fundamental right. UNICEF is helping these families to rebuild their lives and to give these children, who have been through so much, a future. The Aer Lingus Special Appeal for the Children of Syria has already raised 200,000 and I saw how this generosity from passengers directly transforms childrens lives on the ground. During our visit to the tented settlement, UNICEF staff were immediately on the phone mobilising medical care, emergency toilets and purification tablets for safe drinking water. Aisha was brought to a local hospital where her chances of survival were good thanks to being treated in time. It reminded me why I was there and I resolved to return home and tell her story and those of all the children I met during my visit in the hope that the situation for the millions of children inside and outside Syria who are affected by this conflict will change for the better.
To make a donation to UNICEF Irelands Appeal for the Children of Syria visit or call Lo-call 1850 767 999.

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