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Andrea Mara

Feast or Famine at the Titanic Experience Belfast

It was one of those weeks – everyone had an upset of some sort. Nothing big – just little things that are tough to deal with when you’re five or seven or nine years of age. Or twenty-one-and-a-good-bit and all your kids are upset. On Friday morning, after a particularly fraught start

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Woolapalooza and a good kind of queuing

Queuing’s not much craic really, is it? I was trying to think of times when it’s fun – maybe lining up to go into a night club? Something I can just about remember from a very long time ago. Or waiting to go into a concert? Maybe. But your average

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Andrea Mara

How to do a Day Out in Clara Lara Fun Park

“What exactly is Clara Lara?” asked a friend who hasn’t been before. Good question. It’s called a “Fun Park” but beyond that, it’s difficult to define. But we’ve been every year for the last three years, and the kids love it more than any other day-trip we’ve done. So if you’re

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5 Things to do in Dublin for Free

This post could also have been called “What we did this summer so far”, or “Places I lost my youngest child this summer and needed help from strangers to find him” or simply “Brambles cafés we’ve been too, because they are EVERYWHERE now.” We were away for the heatwave and since we’ve

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The Accidental Tourists: An Unscheduled Trip to Wells House

Bank holiday Monday morning. I checked the weather on my phone. Cloudy, rainy, and real-feel 5 degrees. I checked the weather through my window. Bright, sunny, and the illusion of warmth. Window trumps phone. Day-trip weather. I suggested Glendalough, everyone agreed. We’d need to be quick though. The last time

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Another 6 Day-Trips Near Dublin

I made a list. I had to. Otherwise the summer would slip by in a blur of rain and groceries and the occasional overcast barbecue, and suddenly it would be September 1st. If we were going to do some day trips, I’d need a list. So I wrote down some

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Airfield Escape

My head was a little bit tender when I woke up this morning and my brain was a little bit fuzzy – a Prosecco-type fuzziness, after an incredibly fun 40th last night. What I really didn’t want to do was get five of us up and dressed and into the car by 10.15am,

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And then the day was saved…

We were going to go to Howth today, for fish and chips. Or maybe Ardgillan Castle. Or possibly Glendalough, for a picnic. But like everyone else, we woke to that same mixed sky weather we’ve been seeing all week – rain, sun, rain, sun, except with more grey than blue.

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On Top of The World

We go off-road before we even start. Clara rushes across the grass, shrieking at the others to follow. They’re going to climb a tree they say. We follow, a little behind. Watching three small figures running down the hill – I hear the opening bars of Little House on the Prairie

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5 Day-Trips Near Dublin – a Whistle-Stop Tour

We’re getting braver. This summer we took five day-trips. Not too adventurous and not too far from home, but a step-up from last year. Baby-steps – or toddler-steps as the case may be. So here’s a quick review of five destinations – all within an hour of Dublin: 1. Clara

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