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I’ve only been snowboarding once. It should have been 2 days on the piste but after all the falls, bumps and bangs of the first day, I had to just chill out on the second. My body ached but it felt good. Muscles I had never used before sore. I have never been a person [...]

Review of Cavan Town Playground

Cavan Town Playground,Cathedral Road, Cavan, Ireland Excellent, safe playground for older children but slightly less so for toddlers. This is the local playground when we stay with Granny and the kids have gotten great mileage out of it over the past few years. It’s relatively new, approximately 4 or 5 years old as far as [...]

Review of Le Rendez Vous

Le Rendez Vous,26 Main Street, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland Disappointing food that didn’t live up to menu described expectations. As it was the last night of current visit to Cavan, Mam and myself decided to go out for a bite to eat, as sisters Lou and Claire held the fort and looked after the childer.Mam had [...]

Review of Co Cavan Swimming and Leisure Centre

Co Cavan Swimming and Leisure Centre, Drumalee, Cavan, Ireland Good, large swimming pool with plenty of room for children to splash around. As we’re up visiting Granny at the moment, myself and the eldest 4 headed to the local swimming pool yesterday. This is a 25m “L” shaped pool, basically the small part of the L [...]

Review of McDonald’s, Roscrea

McDonald’s, Roscrea, Carrig Roundabout, Roscrea Bypass, Co. Tipperary, Ireland Recently refurbished and conveniently located fast food outlet but food standards and service are very hit and miss. Choice of eateries on the Cork to Cavan route that are handy to stop at for myself and the 5 darlings, when I’m travelling alone with them, are few and far [...]

Review of VHI Cúlcamps GAA summer camp

VHI Cúlcamps GAA summer camp Slightly disorganised but enjoyable hurling and football summer camp for 7 to 13 year olds. This was the second summer camp our 8 year old son did recently. It ran from 10am till 2.30pm Monday to Friday. He enjoyed the week despite a days rain where outdoor activities were suspended [...]

Review of FAI Soccer Summer Schools

FAI Soccer Summer Schools Excellent week’s training and fun for 7 to 15 year olds. The 8 year old recently completed the local FAI run summer soccer camp. He had a fabulous time and was worn out after the week’s activities. The camp ran from 10.30 till 3 every day and there were boys and girls from aged [...]

Review of Easy to use, free delivery if certain amount spent, online version of highstreet’s MANGO clothes outlet. I had gone clothes shopping a couple of weeks ago as managed to wangle a girls’ morning, the boys were off playing soccer and hanging out with their cousins. So myself, the baby and the 3 year old headed into [...]

Review of Razor Scuttle Bug

Razor Scuttle Bug Cool, light, foldable trike for toddlers and up. Whilst on holidays with their cousins, Fionn(2) and Sibéal(3) had great fun on cousin Hannah’s Scuttle bug. Its basically a foldable tricycle. The razor-help website shows exactly how it folds and then re-assembles. Its very easy to accomplish and as result the trike is [...]

Review of Horse and Hound Inn

Horse and Hound Inn, Ballinaboola, Foulksmills, Co. Wexford, Ireland Handy place for pitstop on main Cork-Rosslare road but food can be hit or miss. On the recent roadtrip from Cork to Rosslare, I gave the 8 year old the option of stopping in McDonalds in Dungarvan/Waterford or waiting till we reached the Horse and Hound [...]

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