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It's great to be on holidays again, even if it has lost a bit of the craic

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Justine O'Mahony

Justine O'Mahony

Justine O'Mahony

We are just home from our first Staycation since the children were small and socially unacceptable. In those days we booked into crappy family-friendly hotels where the food consisted of chips with everything, the condiments were in sachets and soft play was the highlight of the day.

But you know, needs must, so we decided in the interests of health and safety to once again holiday at home this year. I naively thought a staycation with one teenager, (the other one choosing to stay at home and 'mind the house') would be much easier than dealing with screaming toddlers and kiddy temper tantrums. Yeah right?!

We headed to West Clare, a place I'd never visited before and was assured by Himself was a beautiful part of the country. He was right about that much. It is stunning - the countryside, the beaches, the little thatched pubs and the people - all of it was breath-taking.