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April 2015

Travel

Top Ten Touristy Things to do in Ireland

April 24, 2015

I wanted to write this post to show not only some of the things I’ve learned about Ireland since working in Tourism Ireland but also to make a bucket list for myself when I go back next year. I find myself looking at photos in work all the time, and wondering why I never went there? Why did I not know about it? I guess it was partly laziness and partly just taking Ireland for granted because it’s where I grew up. There are so many great things about Ireland but for now I’ll stick to my job – pointing out some of the amazing site-seeing and tourist things there are to do in Ireland:

1. Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, Co. Antrim

Suspended almost 30 metres above sea level, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge was first created by fishermen 350 years ago. Once you have crossed the 20 metre long bridge, stretching from the mainland to ‘Rocky Island’, you will be see fantastic views of Rathlin Island, Scotland and the Causeway Coast.

I’m terrified of heights but look at those views..so worth it! I would advise wearing no loose articles of clothing (hats, scarfs, etc) – I can just see them falling in already! 6786559_orig

Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge

2. Go Horse-riding under Benbulbin, Co. Sligo

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Undoubtedly Ireland’s most distinctive mountain, Benbulbin is Ireland’s own Table Mountain.

It features strongly in Yeats’ poetry and is the reason the area is called Yeats Country. It is also believed to be the hunting ground of na Fianna & the resting place of Diarmuid and Grainne – old Irish legends… if you’re into that stuff. And why not horse-ride on the beach beside it, isn’t that like something you would do on holidays?  4525300_orig

3. Go to the Oyster Festival in Galway City

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Running from Sept 24th – 27th 2015, the Oyster Festival will take over Galway City. It is the most internationally recognised Irish festival after St Patrick’s Day and the world’s longest running Oyster Festival.

I always have the best time in Galway so any excuse to visit is good enough for me!

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4. Drive the Wild Atlantic Way

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The longest coastal driving route in the world – need I say more? There are some of the most scenic spots in the world on this route: Malin Head, Fanad Head, Sliabh Liag, Mullaghmore Head, Downpatrick Head, Keem Strand, Killary Harbour, Derrigimlagh, Loop Head, Radharc na mBlascaodaí (Blaskets View), Bray Head… the list in endless. I’m honestly ashamed I haven’t been to any of these places since I was a kid.. Look how pretty!

And of course pitstop on the Cliffs of Moher…

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5. Drive the Causeway Coastal Route

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And pitstop at the Giant’s Causeway… 9381537_orig

This is probably one of the coolest natural creations in the world, it’s in Ireland, and I’ve never been there. This is  one of the first things on my to-do list when I get back.

6. Visit Newgrange

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Newgrange is older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza. I feel like I’ve been hearing about this place my whole life and I’ve never been. Ireland really isn’t that big – so I have no excuse! I’m gonna tick it off my list next year.

7. Explore the Titanic Museum in Belfast

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Watch the movie – go to the museum. Plan!
8. Drive the Ring of Kerry

Not quite sure I’d be confident driving these coastal roads, but I’d be more than happy to be a passenger and enjoy some of the most scenic parts of Ireland. Perfect photo op 😉

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9. Take a Trip to the set of Game of Thrones

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If you are one of Game of Thrones millions of viewers then you have no better reason to visit where it is shot in Northern Ireland. I don’t watch it but I’m so intrigued by the landscape of the Dark Hedges and Murlough Bay I’m gonna take a detour after my Giants Causeway & Titanic trip to see these spots.
10. Spend time exploring the capital, Dublin

Ah – Dublin! I love Dublin – the food, the atmosphere, the shops, it has it all. You can’t beat Dublin on a sunny day: South William street, George’s street, St. Stephens Green – even just walking across O’Connell Bridge in the sun,  there’s nothing quite like it. That’s exactly how I feel looking at these pics from rainy New York when I know it’s been so sunny at home for the last few weeks. (I still love you NY).

Home definitely has it perks. Perks that, at times, when you’re living there its hard to see. Just like anywhere – taking a step back and making a few lists goes a long way. Living in New York and working for Tourism Ireland has meant that since I’ve left all I’ve heard is how amazing Ireland is.

Working in PR I often suggest places in Ireland for journalists to visit and write about – places I’ve never been. I’m ready to take advantage of how beautiful Ireland is when I’m back in September and really appreciate my home country.

“The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back” 
Wendy Wunder

P.S. Lots more info on www.ireland.com

Fashion

Neutrals

April 21, 2015

Finally… we can say goodbye to tights. It’s now warm enough to have the legs out! This weekend was gorgeous, the warmest its been in months. I spent most of Saturday & Sunday lazing around Central Park just enjoying the heat.

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Blouse – H&M
Skirt – H&M
Shoes – Nastygal
Sunglasses – Rayban
Bag – Forever 21
Rings – Boohoo

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Photos by Lorna Ruane. 

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Sunny Soho

April 14, 2015

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My favourite time of year is quickly approaching. The white jeans are out and it’s even warm enough to go out without a jacket! This weekend was especially nice – the weather was gorgeous all weekend and it really reminded me what summer in the city will be like.

It began with my first my first Yankee game of the year – the Yankees vs the Red Sox. Not a bad first game to see – even if it did last 7 hours and 19 innings!

And ended with a cycle across Brooklyn Bridge and a stroll in my favourite part of the city – DUMBO!

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On Saturday I attended a Ryan Gosling talk in Soho about his new movie that he directed. Who knew he could offer more to the world than those wonderful meme’s?!

Here are some snaps of my outfit:

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Hat – H&M
Sunglasses – Street Stall in Soho
Scarf – Urban Outfitters
Jeans – Topshop
Bag – Kate Spade 
Photos by Lorna Ruane ♥
Lifestyle

Living & Working in New York as a Graduate

April 13, 2015

Irish Central recently featured this article on their website. It was a nice way to recap on my experience here so far.

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First up, we look at the world of marketing and tourism in New York with Louise Cooney, a Public Relations and Business Tourism Assistant with Tourism Ireland.

Louise, from Limerick, is a recent graduate of a Masters in Marketing from DIT following her undergraduate course in Communication Studies from DCU. Continue Reading…

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Dessert Spots in NYC – Part II

April 10, 2015

As promised here are more of the amazing dessert spots I have discovered on my year long food tour of New York. It’s April now so I really need to stop with all the sweet things, summer is quickly approaching. Maybe I should try and make a list of some healthy places to eat…

1. Hamiltons

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This cute little 50’s style diner is tucked away on a quiet corner in the West Village. It was such a good find – so reasonably priced (for New York) and the best milkshakes and desserts ever! It’s also a great spot for people watching with huge glass windows surrounding it.

2. Caprices by Sophie

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This tiny but adorable cafe is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It has the cutest decor and every pastry you could imagine. I also spotted a little garden out the back with chairs for when it gets warmer.

3. Dough Doughnuts

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Located steps away from Madison Square Park in the Flat Iron District, it’s the perfect place to pick up a little snack (or in this a big snack) and just relax. These are honestly the best donuts I’ve ever tasted. The line for these huge donuts was equally huge but it was so worth it.

4. The Bouchon Bakery

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I came across this cafe on World Macaron day when certain cafes were giving away free macarons. I got the most gorgeous coffee and chocolate macaron there that day. It was in the best location for people watching – right above the Rockerfeller Plaza Ice-Skating Rink and one avenue away from Fifth Avenue.

5. Baked by Melissa

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Last but certainly not least is Baked by Melissa. I discovered this gem of a place on my J1 in 2013, and have been obsessed ever since. They’re so small you almost don’t feel guilty eating them – until you realise how easy they are to eat, ten cupcakes later. These little bakeries are scattered all over the city, really reasonably priced and so pretty – if you are in NY you have to try!
Now I’ve come to the end of my second post on Desserts and the guilt has hit. The unhealthiness is really gonna have to stop soon – the first sign of some heat and everyone around me is on some sort of health kick. Time to follow suit! I’m going to join ClassPass next week and start working towards that summer bod…. Next week I promise!!