Galway is a magical place for a weekend to recharge the batteries. The Hardiman Hotel is my favourite, ever since it was the Great Southern. You can't beat the Eyre Square location and its luxurious old-world charm.
I love The Seafood Bar @ Kirwan's Lane. It's fine-dining without the pomp, with great wines and incredible seafood. It's a must for Friday night.
On Saturday, we'd head west. One option would be Barna Woods for a walk. Then we'd visit O'Grady's on the Pier, for seafood and the view; or go on to Roundstone, for crab-claws and Guinness at O'Dowd's; followed by a walk on the beach at Dog's Bay.
On Saturday night, our favourite pub in Galway city is Neachtain's, and I have it on good authority - from my husband Peter - that the Guinness is the best in the west! He's also a fan of the live-music venue Roisin Dubh, and I have been known to forego cocktails at Tribeton to see a gig there.
The Spa at the Hardiman is the perfect Sunday-morning treat. The outdoor hot tub and jacuzzi are a must, too.
The hotel breakfast is great, but we also love Dela Restaurant.
The eggs Florentine are worth queueing for, and, if you're not driving, the peach Bellini is the perfect end to a weekend in the west.
Lorraine Keane is part of the line-up for Battle of the Stars, supported by the Joe Duffy Group, a gala fundraiser on Saturday, April 4, at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, D4, to raise funds for Breast Cancer Ireland's research and awareness programmes. For tickets, see breastcancerireland.com
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