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Sunday 21 September 2014

Kimye 'fell in love with Ireland' on previous sojourn and had to come back

Kim waxes lyrical about Ireland being 'calm and relaxing'

Published 01/06/2014 | 02:30

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in Prague.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian spotted shopping on  Parizska Street in Prague on Friday. (Photo by Michaela Feuereislova/isifa/Getty Images)
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian spotted shopping on Parizska Street in Prague on Friday. (Photo by Michaela Feuereislova/isifa/Getty Images)
Kim and Kanye West leaving a cinema in Offaly last Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the ‘Sunday World’.
Kim and Kanye West leaving a cinema in Offaly last Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the ‘Sunday World’.

Kim Kardashian has spoken of how herself and her new husband fell in love with Ireland a few years ago - and they couldn't resist honeymooning here.

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The pair celebrated Kanye's birthday here a few years ago.

The newlyweds found Ireland to be "a calm and relaxing place," the reality TV star said.

Today, Kim told her followers on Twitter: "We spent Kanye's bday in Ireland a few years back & fell in love with it!"

"Its such a calming relaxing place!"

The elusive world-famous stars kept the country guessing at where they were staying for the honeymoon.

But finally, the "rumours" of their five-day stay can be believed to be true.

And Kimye have put post-recession Ireland on the map.

Kim Kardashian West waxed lyrical about the country today to her 21.4 million followers on Twitter.

The pair jetted out of the country on Thursday, cutting their stay short by two days.

A glitch in accommodation arrangements at the start of their holiday resulted in the celebrity couple spending their first night at the Castlemartyr Resort in east Cork. This was not part of their original plan.

Kimye had been due to leave Ireland at 6am on Saturday but in a surprise move decided to fly out of Cork Airport early.

And although their stay was short and sweet, the new Mr and Mrs West still managed to rack up a bill of around €45,000 on accommodation alone on their honeymoon, choosing places tucked away from the prying eyes of the world's media – Castle Oliver in Ardpatrick in the foothills of the Ballyhoura Mountains in Co Limerick and Ballyfin House in Co Laois.

Their celebrity guests are now departed, but staff at Ballyfin have remained discreet and declined to comment on the much-talked-about residents.

Emma Cormack of Castle Oliver said a legal contract signed with the couple prevented her discussing any details about their visit.

She and her husband Declan welcomed Kim and Kanye to their castle last Monday. The couple were the most famous people ever to stay at Castle Oliver and the owners had been inundated with inquiries since then, Ms Cormack said.

"It was unbelievable, the excitement in the area afterwards, it was just amazing. It's definitely put us on the map and we're delighted they chose Castle Oliver," she said.

After Portlaoise, Kimye indulge in some retail therapy in Prague  

Kimye's first meal in Ireland was a pizza bought at an outlet on Patrick Street in Cork and munched in the back of the black Mercedes that transported them around the city as they enjoyed a sightseeing tour on Sunday June 25, just hours after their private jet had touched down at Cork Airport.

Entertainment costs throughout their stay were also modest and included two cinema visits in the midlands on Wednesday in Portlaoise and Tullamore.

A mountain-biking trail in the Ballyhoura Mountains in Co Limerick which was enjoyed by the couple – and four members of staff – on Tuesday was reasonably priced at €35 for the bike hire and an extra €75 for a guide.

They also enjoyed a 'Taste of Ballyhoura' picnic prepared by Maurice Hehir of The Old Bakehouse in Bruff, Co Limerick that included Horgan's baked ham, Cashel Blue cheese, a chilli crab salad, salmon fillets from Daly's Seafood in Caherciveen and a 'trekker's tart' made with smoked ham, Old Irish Creamery cheddar cheese and served with a spiced Ballyhoura Apple Farm chutney.

And for desert they had a Pandora's Bell honey and hazelnut nougat cheesecake and lemon posset.

A morning spent mountain bike trekking was followed by a pint of plain in Mary Howard's Bar on Main Street, Bruff.

Their trip to the Odeon Cinema on Church Street, Portlaoise for the matinee viewing of 'X Men: Days of Future Past' would only have set them back about €10.

The couple were scheduled to spend the last two nights of their holiday in Dublin, but in a change of plan on Thursday morning jetted out of Cork Airport, having successfully evaded the media throughout their stay, who struggled to 'keep up with the Kardashians'.

Married in a lavish ceremony in Florence on Saturday, rapper Kanye West and his reality-TV star wife surprised many by their choice of honeymoon location.

Even more surprising was their choice of a midlands odyssey, staying away from some of our better-known tourist spots and opting for the quieter and less obvious beauty of the midlands.

Still, their presence in the country was enough to prompt a massive media manhunt that began in Cork, moved on to Limerick and then to Laois, before quickly and unexpectedly returning to Cork.

In fact, their presence in this country might have gone completely unnoticed had it not been for an observant fireman working at the airport, who recognised the couple when their private plane, a €30m Embraer built in Brazil, landed in Cork at approximately 3pm on Sunday June 25.

By lunchtime the following day, fans had already gathered at the Castlemartyr Resort, hoping to catch a glimpse of their idols.

Friends Tara O'Donovan, 13, and Zoe King, 14, from Douglas in Cork, were still in their Regina Mundi uniforms but had been finding it very hard to concentrate on their history and science summer exams earlier that morning.

By Thursday morning, news of the couple's imminent departure led to tight security at Cork Airport and they managed to wrong-foot the media once again, with most reporters and photographers still in Laois.

While they waited an hour to depart, Kim and Kanye did not enter any of the public areas of Cork Airport.

The private jet moved to the old terminal, some 100 metres from the new terminal, and the couple were whisked to the aircraft by a black Mercedes minivan escorted by a security car.

They boarded the plane, destined for Prague in the Czech Republic, out of sight of the assembled media – leaving in their wake a void for some.

Sunday Independent

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