Travel Tuesday on TV3’s Elaine – talking some novel travel!

St Patrick’s Day has morphed into an entire weekend of festivities in the capital, Dublin. Ireand will be hosting lots of visitors coming to see the celebrations all around with country too. With so many people coming to enjoy the fun, craic and Irish hospitality this is also a great opportunity to get away with an extended weekend at a great time of the year for a pick me up. ...
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Travel Tuesday is back on TV3’s Elaine Show

Travel Tuesday is back and I'll be doing my usual travel chat fortnightly on Elaine Crowley's new show Elaine on TV3 at 3pm so tune in for some travel ideas, advice, tips and news. See clip from Travel Tuesday on TV3 here It's been a busy start to the new year and I'm planing lots of adventures for 2017. I love taking a trip to the Holiday World Show at the RDS which is ...
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Travel Highlights from 2016 Adventure in Wales

I had some travel highlights in 2016 but one of the most fun was a trip that I took to Wales to celebrate a big birthday. Zip-lining has been on my bucket list for some time, so I set out with three of my closest friends to Find My Epic.   Our adventure started at Dublin port as we boarded the Stena Line ferry to Holyhead, a journey I hadn't taken for decades. Wi...
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Articles and features from The Irish Times, The Irish Independent and Evoke.ie

If you would like to read some of my recent features published in The Irish Times, Irish Independent and EVOKE.ie  see links below Mary McKenna Tour America Topflight article Irish Times The Spanish Hotel that reserves special treatment for its staff from The Irish Times Irish Independent Novel Travel Irish Designer Jacqueline Quinn makes a name in New York Ir...
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Put Canada on your Bucket List for 2017!

WOW air have opened up the skies for European travellers with cheap connections to the USA and Canada. I tried them out with the kids who have very clear ideas about what they like on a flight. After a short stop-off in Reykjavik which took two hours the second leg of the journey to Montreal took five hours. A short cab ride later and we were at the trendy urban Hotel Zero1...
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Starting off my 2017 holiday Bucket List with Cancun, Mexico and Peru

    As the year draws to a close I always find it comforting that the New Year is around the corner. New Year is a great time to make resolutions and an excuse to make a new bucket list of places to travel to. This year I've crossed quite a few destinations off the list including Iceland and Canada but that won't stop me planning some exotic destinations in 2017...
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More Novel Travel and Inspiration!

It's that time of year when book lovers want to curl under the duvet and make the most of those long nights with a good read! So I've put together five of my favourite books to take you away to far flung places that I love and you can read the entire article on the Irish Independent Travel website here novel ways to travel I've recently returned from Iceland which has to...
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Subscribe to my website at The Novel Traveller and get a free copy of Tales of a Century

I'm enjoying the last few days of autumn at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre where I've hidden away to write a new book. While I've been here I had an idea to give readers a chance to read my book of short stories Tales of a Century 1916-2016. So if you'd like a copy just click here and subscribe to http://www.thenoveltraveller.com then send me a message and I'll email you a copy of t...
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Shortlisted Finalist at the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards

Hooray!! I've had the good news that my blog has been shortlisted for an award at this years Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards. This is the first time that I've entered into the Books and Literature category and it's very exciting. I've been doing so much travel recently I've been neglecting my book writing so I've started a novel and it may have a different tone to my usual book...
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Dylan Thomas and life after the Leaving Cert

The words, ‘Do not go gentle into that good night,’ used to send shivers down my spine and throw me right back to that nightmare – the leaving certificate. But I’ll never forget that it was Dylan Thomas who wrote the poem or that it was about the death of his father. As 58,000 Irish students received their leaving cert results today I think it's worth noting that exams are not ...
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