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Sunday 20 April 2014

Global Village: When Rover just has to come too

Some hotels and restaurants will roll out their welcome mat for your dog.

Leaving the family pooch behind can ruin a family break. You miss their friendly eyes and doggy hugs, and find yourself calling out their name on long lonely walks in the countryside. Ireland's Blue Book has come to the rescue with a list of pet-friendly houses and restaurants for anyone who considers their canine companion an essential part of any getaway.

You can click onto www.irelands-blue-book.ie for a collection of Irish country house hotels, manor houses, castles and restaurants which will roll out their welcome mat for your dog.

Included is Cashel House Hotel in Co Galway, which is set in 50 acres of grounds on the coastline of Cashel Bay and with Cashel Hill rising behind. Marlfield House in Co Wexford welcomes dogs by prior arrangement, and is set on 36 acres of gardens and woodland and is close to miles of golden beaches. Other options are Enniscoe House in Co Mayo and Belle Isle Castle in Co Fermanagh.

www.irelands-blue-book.ie

 

Capture those memorable moments

FANCY catching your triumphs during a snorkelling, diving or skiing trip on HD video? GoPro is a brand of high-definition personal cameras often used in extreme action video photography.

The cameras are known for being lightweight, rugged, wearable or mountable in unusual places such as outside planes, cars or boats.

Last October, GoPro released the Hero3+ camera model, offering "dramatically improved" low-light performance, and with improvements in image sharpness (close focus down to 7" versus about 3 ft on the previous model, Hero3).

GoPro Hero3+ allows you to connect via wi-fi and syncs to your iPhone, iPad or smartphone device for remote viewing and has considerable battery life.

The Hero3+ Black Edition features a function in firmware (called SuperView) which additionally increases the field of view and its activation is optional. Prices vary, from approximately €300 to €400.

www.gopro.com

 

Lure of Marrakech

La Mamounia hotel in Marrakech, Morocco, is hosting an art exhibition in its Grand Salon featuring eight paintings by Sir Winston Churchill and 17 by the 90-year-old Moroccan artist Hassan el Glaoui.

The two artists were chosen for the exhibition, called Meetings in Marrakech, because of their connection to the city – Churchill was a regular La Mamounia guest in the 1950s, while el Glaoui was born in the city and is considered one of Morocco's most significant artists.

The paintings by both artists – including the one above by Churchill – are of scenes in Marrakech such as its medinas and the surrounding areas like the Atlas Mountains.

The show is free and open to the public as part of the Marrakech Biennale festival and runs until Monday, March 3.

The Marrakech Biennale is a celebration of creativity in a city that has been the focus of artistic exploration for centuries – and is a gathering of arts enthusiasts with interactive events and world-class exhibitions.

www.marrakechbiennale.org

 

Ireland's star spots

Rihanna, Victoria Beckham and Beyonce are just some of the celebs who have enjoyed downtime on our shores. But where are the Irish holiday hotspots for celebrities?

Rihanna has enjoyed stays in both the Merrion Hotel and the Clarence Hotel while in Dublin. Beyonce has stayed at the Morrison Hotel and spent a day visiting the Guinness Brewery and the Phoenix Park.

Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband Matthew Broderick (below right) have a holiday cottage in Donegal.

"Ireland has always been a great getaway," Sarah Jessica has said. "We try to replicate Ireland at home, but it's a poor man's substitute."

As a wedding destination, Ireland has given couples David and Victoria Beckham, and Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith, their own fairytale weddings. The Beckhams spent their wedding night in the royal suite of Luttrellstown Castle, close to Dublin. The Brosnans held their reception in Ashford Castle, the five-star luxury hotel on the banks of Lough Corrib.

And of course, for President Barack Obama, it has to be Moneygall in Co Offaly.

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