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Saturday 24 March 2018

Weekender: Baz's Ireland with kids


Baz Ashmawy loves hiking in Mayo. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Baz Ashmawy loves hiking in Mayo. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Sarah Caden

Getting away for weekends isn't easy when you have kids, but we try. Tanja and I have six altogether, but this summer we brought the two youngest, Hanna (7) and Mahy (4) to the Body & Soul festival in Westmeath. Because we were with a four-year-old, we cheated and stayed in the Knightsbrook Hotel. We had breakfast there before heading to the festival each day, and unwound at the hotel at night. Plus, we got to use the spa.

Eating is a massive part of our family life, especially with all six of the kids. Sometimes it's the only time we can all catch up. Over the summer months, we like lots of picnics. Sometimes it might only be in the garden, or we love Herbert Park in Ballsbridge.

To get away from my work and mind, and also to get some exercise, I like to head outdoors. I love nothing more than jumping on an early train to Westport and hiking around Nephin in Co Mayo. The Irish wilderness is stunning. It's a treat that I think many people are missing out on. I've never brought home one worry after a trip to Nephin.

I love my kids but there's a good chance they're ruining my life, so any time alone with the missus is precious. I love the Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co Waterford. My other favourite is Hayfield Manor in Cork city. It has possibly the warmest atmosphere anywhere. We rarely even want to leave the hotel.

Baz Ashmawy is ambassador for Greene Farm chicken, beef and turkey. Their new campaign promotes a summer 'Free From' hassle, with recipes by Niamh Kavanagh.

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