Tuesday 12 December 2017

Showcasing some of our Discover Ireland Explorers

Discover Ireland Explorers competition entries open until 3rd August

As part of our Discover Ireland Explorer competition in association with Independent.ie, you've been sharing your magical holiday memories and inspirational photos. We wanted to showcase just a few of our Discover Ireland Explorers.

As part of our Discover Ireland Explorer competition in association with Independent.ie, we asked you to share with us your best, happiest, craziest or funniest memory about a holiday you’ve had in Ireland for the chance to win an unforgettable adventure break for two with one night in an Irish Landmark Trust's lighthouse keepers cottage, one night at The Heron’s Cove in West Cork and one night at the Inchydoney Island Hotel & Spa.

The entries have been coming in thick and fast from all around the country. From winding rural roads to city street busking, tradition, heritage, beauty, the roar of the ocean along the Wild Atlantic Way to the solitude and calmness of Glendalough, you’ve been sharing your magical moments in droves.  One theme, above all, has emerged as a constant - sometimes we forget just how stunning the Island of Ireland is. It is truly amazing the idyllic beauty we have on our very own doorstep.

With so many of you sharing your magical memories and inspirational photos we wanted to showcase just a few of our Discover Ireland Explorers.

Laura Middleton: Long weekend: Bundoran, Co. Donegal

Following the pain of a broken heart, Laura set herself the challenge to find a new and exciting task to undertake each month. On a wet, wild and windy weekend in March, Laura and her girlfriends set off to experience the adrenaline-charged ice cold waters of the Atlantic sea.  Taking in the breath-taking scenery of Bundoran and the warm welcome of the Donegal locals, little did she know that a trip so close to home, could offer her so much.

 “The ice cold water was exhilarating, the surrounding scenery was stunning and the  people were all so welcoming … I came back to Dublin exhausted and elated with a fresh new outlook on everything”

Chris Vos: Easter: Doonbeg, Co. Clare

It took over twenty years in Ireland for Chris to discover the beauty that resided within the county of Clare. A simple cottage in the picturesque coastal village of Doonbeg was the ideal base for his Easter adventure, experiencing the amazing views and local amenities that West Clare had to offer.  Loop Head peninsula with its magnificent coastline proved to be an awe inspiring site.   The VandeLeur Walled Garden and Centre with its 420 acres of native woodland were a welcome surprise and visiting the cliffs of Moher an unforgettable treat. 


“We spent quite some time at the various beaches and my five year old boy now says that he will only go to beaches in Clare, as they are the best”.

Hilda Carol: Old Head: Kinsale; Co. Cork.

Resisting the temptation to recant tales of adrenaline filled weekends paddling flooded rivers; Hilda Carol tells us her happiest summer memory since she moved to Westport. One summer weekend on Old Head beach accompanying her brother, sister in law and two nieces around her adopted home.  The plan had been to go snorkelling with her nieces but a jelly fish invasion on clew bay quickly put a top to that. Instead they opted for paddling round the bay, her younger niece’s first experience of paddling.


“It was one of those simple, but delightful pleasures, the fun we had on that glorious day, in such a beautiful setting, is a memory I treasure.”

So, do you have what it takes to become a Discover Ireland explorer? You still have time to enter. Simply enter the competition page HERE, and in 250 words or less, write your funniest, craziest or most heart-warming story about your holiday in Ireland, include a photo or video and you too could be in with the chance to create the memories of a lifetime with this incredible West Cork Adventure.

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