As the train curves around the tracks, the mountains grow higher and closer. The valley narrows, with steep limestone rocks on both sides, clusters of pine trees and a rushing river below, which the train runs alongside.
If it’s chi-chi shelter you’re after, The Belvedere Terrace is a partially covered plaza on the first-floor courtyard of Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel where fruit-focussed cocktails like the Belvedere Blackberry and Lemongrass Spritz are the order of the day, along with carefully curated sharing boards, seafood platters or the Shelbourne Gateaux of the day. Comfort is guaranteed thanks to cosy banquettes, armchairs and sofas, while trellised arches drip with elaborate floral displays that promise five-star summer. Very tucked away, in a ‘you know if you know’ kind of way. Now you know. theshelbourne.com
When I was in fifth class, we were told the annual Christmas show was going to be different that year. The nativity was out and so was anything overly festive. No baby Jesus, mangers, or men in red suits. Instead, we were paying tribute to the so-called land of the free — a celebration of Americana. The show would feature Disney melodies, children dancing frantically to country and western rootin’-tootin’ show tunes, and characters from beloved TV programmes. Speculation over the cast list was fierce, and discussed at length in the school playground.
Trade unions representing cabin crew of Ryanair plan a strike later in June in Belgium and elsewhere in Europe, increasing disruption for passengers to and from Belgium during a peak holiday weekend and a European Union summit.
This is a story of friendship. And not only friendship. There’s music, philosophy, struggle, hope and photography in the mix too. But none of the rest of it would have come to the attention of people in Ireland but for a friendship forged in a city thousands of kilometres away, the width of an ocean removed from County Wicklow.
Post-pandemic, WFH and all that, I’ve been giving some thought to getting a dog lately, and obviously being a busy journalist, I’ll need one that requires minimal grooming (much like myself), modest but regular exercise (also ditto) and is of a friendly disposition (mostly ditto).
Question: I work in a big company where employees are given a lot of autonomy. Micromanaging is frowned upon and, after lockdown, we were given a choice to work from home or come back to the office. Everyone works hard, but one of my colleagues just isn’t pulling his weight.
On a bald, barbed bramble the perched bird flashed its scarlet breast and turned its flecked red head, moving to shy away on a windswept headland of furze and scrub on a wild Atlantic corner of the Munster coast.
The long-awaited post-lockdown travel boom is rapidly turning into a bust for holidaymakers as Europe's aviation industry struggles to overcome crippling staff shortages and labour strife, forcing airlines to cancel hundreds of flights ahead of the peak summer period.
A few years ago, the loveliness of a sunny Saturday afternoon was cut through with a call from one of my editors. “I just wanted to check in on you,” she said, her voice ominous, low and gravely serious. “Are you okay?”
I’m very confused about my mortgage. I am an Ulster Bank customer and on one hand I have been told to do nothing in terms of switching, although I have to move my current account and my overdraft too, but my mortgage rate is 3.1% which was on a fixed rate I think, but I’m not sure if it still is.
‘And each flower and herb on earth’s dark breast/Rose from the dreams of its wintry r est” — Percy Bysshe Shelley, who lived for a time on Grafton Street in Dublin and supported the United Irishmen. He drowned off an Italian beach in 1822 and his friends gathered driftwood to cremate his remains.
Niamh Shaw (53) is an engineer, scientist, writer and space communicator. She is also a former actress and used to be in Fair City. Her big mission in life is to go to space and report back as “an ordinary person”. Last year she became Ireland’s first European Space Agency Champion in recognition of her innovative work as a space educator. Born in Dundalk, she lives between Dublin and France.
Emergency measures introduced at Dublin Airport helped avoid any repeat of flight chaos during the opening of the June bank holiday travel rush - with pressure on airport bosses set to be eased by an 11pc reduction in overall flight numbers for the Saturday departure peak.
Eat it: If you want to discover some of Dublin’s most exciting new chefs, restaurants and street food, just take a look at the D-8TE programme of food takeovers at Roe & Co Distillery. Hosted in its outdoor Power House Garden, the takeovers showcase the best of modern Irish food matched with Roe & Co cocktails as part of the experience. Upcoming events include a Big Fan Chinese restaurant takeover from June 16-July 3, and a Vietnamese-inspired takeover from the Vietnom food truck from August 4-21. The set food menu is priced at €40pp, with a curated cocktail menu, created to pair alongside each dish, an additional €30pp. roeandcowhiskey.com