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Luxuriate with taste of Wicklow glamping

GLAMPING. It's a word that didn't exist a few years ago but has become one of the most popular ways to spend a holiday in recent years.

In a nutshell, it means "glamorous camping". You stay in a tent, but this is not the two-man job you used in the scouts. Glamping means a proper bed and showers that are generally as high quality as any hotel room.

This summer, glampers have another option that has just opened. The Old Forge Glamping Site, nestled just off The Wicklow Way opened this month.

Set up by Belinda Bielenberg, the site is the next step in an expansion that began with The Munny Trail, a cross country horse riding trail, which takes patrons across a 12km mapped route.

The site offers a selection of yurts – a Mongolian tent designed to stand up to the worst of the weather – and bell tents which sleep four people but can be tailored to couples as well. The bespoke set-up makes the site stand out in a sea of camping options, says Ms Bielenberg.

If you want to see the difference between traditional camping and glamping, Ms Bielenberg lays it out pretty well.

"When thinking of camping you don't imagine a big double or single bed, a lit stove, a sofa, a dry tent and crispy fresh linen, but that is what we offer. Hot showers are also provided so we can cater to many different tastes." www.theoldforgeglamping.com

Greyhound Board in €750k Derby deal

THE Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) has signed a new three-year sponsorship agreement with UK-based independent finance company Enterprise Target Solutions (ETS).

The deal with ETS will see the overall investment in the Irish Greyhound Derby run to just under €750,000 for the coming three years.

ETS meanwhile will be launching into the Irish market in June. They will offer flexible funding and equity solutions to businesses in addition to extensive network relations in Ireland, the UK and across the Eurozone to boost their potential for growth and sales.

Irish Independent