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Being in the position of having children ranging from 16 to 4 I've covered nearly every stage of development.

I love the baby years. EVERY day they seem to change and grow.

You can see it in their eyes when they learn something new.

I think the age Little Miss OMG is at now might just be my favourite though.

Four years old. 
Obviously the tantrums, taking forty hours to get ready because she wants to "Do it myself" or the words every parent dreads from a small one. "Can I help?" But their live of being outdoors. Their curiosity and inquisitiveness. How they are amazed at all the different fauna and wildlife.

We must have visited this spot by the White Horse River a thousand times.

Yet every time it's new. The river is higher or lower. The waterfalls might be running faster. Flowers have come and gone with new species taking their place.

It won't be long till social media, body image, being a success and popular take precedence over mucking about by the river with her old man.

For now I'll enjoy it while it lasts and hope each night that when she wakes she still wants to go rambling the next day.

Being in the position of having children ranging from 16 to 4 I've covered nearly every stage of development.

I love the baby years. EVERY day they seem to change and grow.

You can see it in their eyes when they learn something new.

I think the age Little Miss OMG is at now might just be my favourite though.

Four years old.
Obviously the tantrums, taking forty hours to get ready because she wants to "Do it myself" or the words every parent dreads from a small one. "Can I help?" But their live of being outdoors. Their curiosity and inquisitiveness. How they are amazed at all the different fauna and wildlife.

We must have visited this spot by the White Horse River a thousand times.

Yet every time it's new. The river is higher or lower. The waterfalls might be running faster. Flowers have come and gone with new species taking their place.

It won't be long till social media, body image, being a success and popular take precedence over mucking about by the river with her old man.

For now I'll enjoy it while it lasts and hope each night that when she wakes she still wants to go rambling the next day.

40 20 17 July, 2019
I captured this pic on the way down from the Ridge of Cappard in the Slieve Blooms. It’s location is at the top of Glenbarrow Falls. Winter is probably the best time to experience the force of waterfall in full flow #visitlaois #visitoffaly #midirelandadventure #glenbarrowwaterfall #slievebloommountains #slievebloommtbcentre #hikingtours

I captured this pic on the way down from the Ridge of Cappard in the Slieve Blooms. It’s location is at the top of Glenbarrow Falls. Winter is probably the best time to experience the force of waterfall in full flow #visitlaois #visitoffaly #midirelandadventure #glenbarrowwaterfall #slievebloommountains #slievebloommtbcentre #hikingtours

21 0 15 July, 2019
I captured this pic on the way down from the Ridge of Cappard in the Slieve Blooms. It’s location is at the top of Glenbarrow Falls. Winter is probably the best time to experience the force of waterfall in full flow #visitlaois #visitoffaly #midirelandadventure #glenbarrowwaterfall #slievebloommountains #slievebloommtbcentre #hikingtours

I captured this pic on the way down from the Ridge of Cappard in the Slieve Blooms. It’s location is at the top of Glenbarrow Falls. Winter is probably the best time to experience the force of waterfall in full flow #visitlaois #visitoffaly #midirelandadventure #glenbarrowwaterfall #slievebloommountains #slievebloommtbcentre #hikingtours

23 0 15 July, 2019
Lucy doesn't get let off the lead often as she loses the head and runs off. She doesn't come back when called either.

Today we went to Lacca Woods. This is one of 16 Millennium Woods around Ireland. 
All non native trees were taken out, and new trees planted. One for every household in the State. Each household was to be given a certificate showing which of the Millennium Forests their tree had been planted.

There is a short walk around the wood.

After Lucy disappeared into the woods, Little Miss OMG became concerned she wouldn't return so out her back on the lead.

Either way they both seem tired out after their exertions.

Lucy doesn't get let off the lead often as she loses the head and runs off. She doesn't come back when called either.

Today we went to Lacca Woods. This is one of 16 Millennium Woods around Ireland.
All non native trees were taken out, and new trees planted. One for every household in the State. Each household was to be given a certificate showing which of the Millennium Forests their tree had been planted.

There is a short walk around the wood.

After Lucy disappeared into the woods, Little Miss OMG became concerned she wouldn't return so out her back on the lead.

Either way they both seem tired out after their exertions.

34 11 15 July, 2019
Yesterday morning we paddled down stream from the Monastic city of Clonmacnoise to Banagher on the Shannon. Today we set out from Banagher to Meelick pier and will then make a short journey to the burial place of St Brendan the Navigator. #visitoffaly  #midirelandadventure #banagherontheshannon #visitlaois #irelandshiddenheartlands #irelandsancienteast #irishsup

Yesterday morning we paddled down stream from the Monastic city of Clonmacnoise to Banagher on the Shannon. Today we set out from Banagher to Meelick pier and will then make a short journey to the burial place of St Brendan the Navigator. #visitoffaly #midirelandadventure #banagherontheshannon #visitlaois #irelandshiddenheartlands #irelandsancienteast #irishsup

46 1 14 July, 2019
I love outdoors 🌿 Beautiful view from Rock of Dunamase 🏰

#laois #rockofdunamase #visitlaois #ireland_gram #ireland_daily #castleruins #irishcastles #naturelovers

I love outdoors 🌿 Beautiful view from Rock of Dunamase 🏰

#laois #rockofdunamase #visitlaois #ireland_gram #ireland_daily #castleruins #irishcastles #naturelovers

25 1 12 July, 2019
Happy Birthday to the twins Ciara and Leigh Mahony who celebrated their 27th birthday with their friends on the water at #banagherontheshannon this afternoon.
#supsafari #visitoffaly #visitlaois #irelandshiddenheartlands #irelandsancienteast #midirelandadventure #slievebloommtbcentre

Happy Birthday to the twins Ciara and Leigh Mahony who celebrated their 27th birthday with their friends on the water at #banagherontheshannon this afternoon.
#supsafari #visitoffaly #visitlaois #irelandshiddenheartlands #irelandsancienteast #midirelandadventure #slievebloommtbcentre

24 0 7 July, 2019
Our fabulous rehydration station available in our award winning thermal suite. Fruit infused goodness for all our lovely guests #spabreak #hydrate #theheritage #pamper #visitlaois #thermalsuite #luxuryhotel #happinessistheheritage

Our fabulous rehydration station available in our award winning thermal suite. Fruit infused goodness for all our lovely guests #spabreak #hydrate #theheritage #pamper #visitlaois #thermalsuite #luxuryhotel #happinessistheheritage

51 2 5 July, 2019
Budget Friendly Family Day Out -
Emo Court in Portarlington Co Laois. I love bringing my kids to OPW heritage sites as they learn so much about our history and heritage without even realising it. A lot of OPW sites have free entry the first Wednesday of the month so we decided to pay a visit to Emo. Unfortunately the tours were booked out so Martina very kindly offered to bring us on a private tour of the house. The kids had a blast learning about how the house came to be built and about the past inhabitants, Major Harrison lived at Emo Court up until 2008. There's also two exhibitions at the moment one is the works of Fr Browne as he lived in Emo Court for over 20 years.
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James Gandon was commissioned to design the house by the 1st Earl of Portarlington back in 1790 but it took 80 years for it to be completed. Gandon built very few private houses, he is better known for his work on the Four Courts, Kings Inns, Custom House, City Hall and the portico at Central Bank in Dublin. .
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The 1st Earl of Portarlington was John Dawson grandson of Ephraim Dawson after whom Dawson Street in Dublin is named. I love when we can tie back names and places in history for my kids to places they recognise as it makes it more real for them. .
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The grounds and formal gardens are beautiful with a 1.5km forest trail so make sure to bring a picnic and your walking shoes. Guided tours cost €8 per adult and free for kids under 12, kids 12-17 €4 with family tickets available. Entry to the gardens and parking are free. Every Sunday during the Summer there's a farmer's market at the gate to Emo Court. .
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Total cost for family day out for 7: Free
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#familytravelblog #opwireland #history #heritage #mammyvanadventures #mammyvan #summerdaysout #budgetdaysout #ipbig #irishtravelblog #irishparentingblogger #summerinireland #daysoutireland #irishbloggers #igersireland #irishhistory #mumof6 #mumsontherun #mansion #visitlaois #failteireland #frbrowne #photography #titanic #visitireland

Budget Friendly Family Day Out -
Emo Court in Portarlington Co Laois. I love bringing my kids to OPW heritage sites as they learn so much about our history and heritage without even realising it. A lot of OPW sites have free entry the first Wednesday of the month so we decided to pay a visit to Emo. Unfortunately the tours were booked out so Martina very kindly offered to bring us on a private tour of the house. The kids had a blast learning about how the house came to be built and about the past inhabitants, Major Harrison lived at Emo Court up until 2008. There's also two exhibitions at the moment one is the works of Fr Browne as he lived in Emo Court for over 20 years.
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James Gandon was commissioned to design the house by the 1st Earl of Portarlington back in 1790 but it took 80 years for it to be completed. Gandon built very few private houses, he is better known for his work on the Four Courts, Kings Inns, Custom House, City Hall and the portico at Central Bank in Dublin. .
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The 1st Earl of Portarlington was John Dawson grandson of Ephraim Dawson after whom Dawson Street in Dublin is named. I love when we can tie back names and places in history for my kids to places they recognise as it makes it more real for them. .
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The grounds and formal gardens are beautiful with a 1.5km forest trail so make sure to bring a picnic and your walking shoes. Guided tours cost €8 per adult and free for kids under 12, kids 12-17 €4 with family tickets available. Entry to the gardens and parking are free. Every Sunday during the Summer there's a farmer's market at the gate to Emo Court. .
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Total cost for family day out for 7: Free
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#familytravelblog #opwireland #history #heritage #mammyvanadventures #mammyvan #summerdaysout #budgetdaysout #ipbig #irishtravelblog #irishparentingblogger #summerinireland #daysoutireland #irishbloggers #igersireland #irishhistory #mumof6 #mumsontherun #mansion #visitlaois #failteireland #frbrowne #photography #titanic #visitireland

197 6 4 July, 2019
Nice shot taken in the Slieve  Blooms from last weekends Mtb tour. #visitlaois #visitoffaly #midirelandadventure #slievebloommtbcentre #irelandsancienteast #irelandshiddenheartlands #kinnittycastle  #mtbtours

Nice shot taken in the Slieve Blooms from last weekends Mtb tour. #visitlaois #visitoffaly #midirelandadventure #slievebloommtbcentre #irelandsancienteast #irelandshiddenheartlands #kinnittycastle #mtbtours

22 1 1 July, 2019
Nice shot taken in the Slieve  Blooms from last weekends Mtb tour. #visitlaois #visitoffaly #midirelandadventure #slievebloommtbcentre #irelandsancienteast #irelandshiddenheartlands #kinnittycastle  #mtbtours

Nice shot taken in the Slieve Blooms from last weekends Mtb tour. #visitlaois #visitoffaly #midirelandadventure #slievebloommtbcentre #irelandsancienteast #irelandshiddenheartlands #kinnittycastle #mtbtours

22 0 1 July, 2019
Emo Court House: designed by renowned English architect Gandon for Dawson, 1st Earl of Portarlington. Beautiful buildings and wonderful parklands to go with it... managed by OPW. 📷 #canonireland #eosr

@emocourtopw #emocourt #neoclassical #architecturephotography #historichouses #visitlaois #laoisheritage #ireland🍀 #tourismireland #gtpics123 #canon_photos #canonmirrorless

Emo Court House: designed by renowned English architect Gandon for Dawson, 1st Earl of Portarlington. Beautiful buildings and wonderful parklands to go with it... managed by OPW. 📷 #canonireland #eosr

@emocourtopw #emocourt #neoclassical #architecturephotography #historichouses #visitlaois #laoisheritage #ireland🍀 #tourismireland #gtpics123 #canon_photos #canonmirrorless

29 4 30 June, 2019
Ringlet butterfly at Abbeyleix Bog. #Abbeyleix #butterflies #ireland #irishbog #visitlaois #canon6d

Ringlet butterfly at Abbeyleix Bog. #Abbeyleix #butterflies #ireland #irishbog #visitlaois #canon6d

12 0 30 June, 2019
It’s been a really busy few days for us here at the Mountain Bike Centre celebrating Laois Bikeweek 2019 in the Slieve Bloom mts. We had students from Paddock, Raheen and Mountrath National Schools getting a taster of mountain biking under the supervision of an approved Mountain Bike Trail Leader. All the students did amazingly well and I’ve no doubt some of them will be looking for mountain bikes for Christmas.  Don’t forget to support your local bike shop. #visitlaois #irelandsancienteast #visitoffaly #ireland #slievebloommountainbiking #laoiscountycouncil #laoisbikeweek #slievebloommountainbikecentre

It’s been a really busy few days for us here at the Mountain Bike Centre celebrating Laois Bikeweek 2019 in the Slieve Bloom mts. We had students from Paddock, Raheen and Mountrath National Schools getting a taster of mountain biking under the supervision of an approved Mountain Bike Trail Leader. All the students did amazingly well and I’ve no doubt some of them will be looking for mountain bikes for Christmas. Don’t forget to support your local bike shop. #visitlaois #irelandsancienteast #visitoffaly #ireland #slievebloommountainbiking #laoiscountycouncil #laoisbikeweek #slievebloommountainbikecentre

31 0 26 June, 2019
It’s been a really busy few days for us here at the Mountain Bike Centre celebrating Laois Bikeweek 2019 in the Slieve Bloom mts. We had students from Paddock, Raheen and Barnashrone  National Schools getting a taster of mountain biking under the supervision of an approved Mountain Bike Trail Leader. All the students did amazingly well and I’ve no doubt some of them will be looking for mountain bikes for Christmas.  Don’t forget to support your local bike shop.
#visitlaois #visitoffaly #midirelandadventure #slievebloommtbcentre #irelandsancienteast #irelandshiddenheartlands #mtb #nationalbikeweek2019

It’s been a really busy few days for us here at the Mountain Bike Centre celebrating Laois Bikeweek 2019 in the Slieve Bloom mts. We had students from Paddock, Raheen and Barnashrone National Schools getting a taster of mountain biking under the supervision of an approved Mountain Bike Trail Leader. All the students did amazingly well and I’ve no doubt some of them will be looking for mountain bikes for Christmas. Don’t forget to support your local bike shop.
#visitlaois #visitoffaly #midirelandadventure #slievebloommtbcentre #irelandsancienteast #irelandshiddenheartlands #mtb #nationalbikeweek2019

28 0 26 June, 2019
Our 72 Hour Summer Flash Sale is now live! This fantastic offer gives 15% off our 2 night midweek summer break starting from just €199.75 total price for 2 adults sharing. 
Book now by clicking the link in the bio.

Package details are as follows: 
2 nights overnight Accommodation
Breakfast each morning for two persons
Dinner on one evening of your choice at the Arlington Restaurant
A two hour Spa Experience at our Award Winning Thermal Suite for 2

Plus

10% VIP Discount Card at Kildare Village
20% Discount Card at Newbridge Silverware.
10% off all Spa Treatments as a resident of the Hotel
50% of Upgrades

Treat yourself to this fabulous limited, Summer offer and Book Now by clicking the link in the bio or call our reservations team on +353 57 864 5500.

#theheritage
#flashsale
#summerbreak
#avenuereborn
#visitlaois
#killenard

Our 72 Hour Summer Flash Sale is now live! This fantastic offer gives 15% off our 2 night midweek summer break starting from just €199.75 total price for 2 adults sharing.
Book now by clicking the link in the bio.

Package details are as follows:
2 nights overnight Accommodation
Breakfast each morning for two persons
Dinner on one evening of your choice at the Arlington Restaurant
A two hour Spa Experience at our Award Winning Thermal Suite for 2

Plus

10% VIP Discount Card at Kildare Village
20% Discount Card at Newbridge Silverware.
10% off all Spa Treatments as a resident of the Hotel
50% of Upgrades

Treat yourself to this fabulous limited, Summer offer and Book Now by clicking the link in the bio or call our reservations team on +353 57 864 5500.

#theheritage
#flashsale
#summerbreak
#avenuereborn
#visitlaois
#killenard

18 0 25 June, 2019
Best wishes to our riverside neighbours Joe and @thelilcoffeeco who serve the best fair trade coffees & health treats at Banagher Marina every weekend throughout the summer months. Pop down next weekend to support your local traders.  #thelilcoffeeco #banagherontheshannon #midirelandadventure #visitoffaly #visitlaois #irelandsancienteast #slievebloommountainbiking #coffee #irelandshiddenheartlands #fairtradecoffee

Best wishes to our riverside neighbours Joe and @thelilcoffeeco who serve the best fair trade coffees & health treats at Banagher Marina every weekend throughout the summer months. Pop down next weekend to support your local traders. #thelilcoffeeco #banagherontheshannon #midirelandadventure #visitoffaly #visitlaois #irelandsancienteast #slievebloommountainbiking #coffee #irelandshiddenheartlands #fairtradecoffee

52 2 24 June, 2019
Sunday Scrolling?........ Check this out!

Our new Heritage, History & Hampers package is the ideal midweek getaway! From just €89.00 PPS.
Enjoy a delicious Cream Tea on arrival to the Hotel served with a Laois favourite - G’s Jam.
Overnight Accommodation in a De Luxe Double or Twin room.
Tasty full Irish breakfast at the Arlington Restaurant.
Admission to Emo Court for two - Private tour of Emo Court & Gardens. Emo Court is a magnificent example of Neoclassical Architecture.
Two hour Spa Experience at our Award Winning Thermal Suite 
A Heritage Hamper for you to take with you on your tour of Emo Court - picnic by the lake in the superb formal Gardens on the Estate.
* Offer is based on two persons sharing and subject to availability.T&C apply

#theheritage
#Emo
#picnic
#specialoffers
#midweek
#visitlaois 
#laoistourism

Sunday Scrolling?........ Check this out!

Our new Heritage, History & Hampers package is the ideal midweek getaway! From just €89.00 PPS.
Enjoy a delicious Cream Tea on arrival to the Hotel served with a Laois favourite - G’s Jam.
Overnight Accommodation in a De Luxe Double or Twin room.
Tasty full Irish breakfast at the Arlington Restaurant.
Admission to Emo Court for two - Private tour of Emo Court & Gardens. Emo Court is a magnificent example of Neoclassical Architecture.
Two hour Spa Experience at our Award Winning Thermal Suite 
A Heritage Hamper for you to take with you on your tour of Emo Court - picnic by the lake in the superb formal Gardens on the Estate.
* Offer is based on two persons sharing and subject to availability.T&C apply

#theheritage
#Emo
#picnic
#specialoffers
#midweek
#visitlaois
#laoistourism

14 0 23 June, 2019
Oxmantown NS, Birr joined us one the water this morning and there were lots of fun and laughter. #visitlaois #irelandsancienteast #visitoffaly #ireland #banagherontheshannon #slievebloommtbcentre #supsafari

Oxmantown NS, Birr joined us one the water this morning and there were lots of fun and laughter. #visitlaois #irelandsancienteast #visitoffaly #ireland #banagherontheshannon #slievebloommtbcentre #supsafari

28 1 21 June, 2019
My favourite view in all the world! 
#killeshin #laois #lovelylaois #blueskies #visitlaois #irishskies #summerinireland

My favourite view in all the world!
#killeshin #laois #lovelylaois #blueskies #visitlaois #irishskies #summerinireland

8 0 21 June, 2019
Beautiful sunny skies at Banagher on the Shannon this afternoon with visitors from France, Spain and Italy taking the opportunity to explore the river Shannon. #visitlaois #irelandsancienteast #visitoffaly #ireland #irelandshiddenheartlands #banagherontheshannon #midirelandadventure #supsafari #banagherlanuageschool

Beautiful sunny skies at Banagher on the Shannon this afternoon with visitors from France, Spain and Italy taking the opportunity to explore the river Shannon. #visitlaois #irelandsancienteast #visitoffaly #ireland #irelandshiddenheartlands #banagherontheshannon #midirelandadventure #supsafari #banagherlanuageschool

24 0 18 June, 2019
Happy International Picnic Day! Our very popular Heritage, History & Hamper package includes a private tour of the wonderful Emo Court and Parklands and a Heritage Picnic Hamper. 
This Neo-classical mansion is a historical landmark in Co.Laois and is a must see for all our guests. 
Enjoy a Heritage picnic around the beautiful grounds and take in the sights of the impressive Laois countryside!
#theheritage 
#Killenard
#visitLaois
#countryretreat
#luxury
#hotel
#Views
#internationalpicnicday

Happy International Picnic Day! Our very popular Heritage, History & Hamper package includes a private tour of the wonderful Emo Court and Parklands and a Heritage Picnic Hamper.
This Neo-classical mansion is a historical landmark in Co.Laois and is a must see for all our guests.
Enjoy a Heritage picnic around the beautiful grounds and take in the sights of the impressive Laois countryside!
#theheritage
#Killenard
#visitLaois
#countryretreat
#luxury
#hotel
#Views
#internationalpicnicday

22 0 18 June, 2019
What a wonderful evening out on the water tonight. We had four junior cert students who celebrated the end of their exams today. Have a great summer guys and we hope to see you on the water very soon 🤙 #visitlaois #irelandsancienteast #irelandshiddenheartlands #visitoffaly #slievebloommountainbiking #midirelandadventure #banagherontheshannon #supsafari

What a wonderful evening out on the water tonight. We had four junior cert students who celebrated the end of their exams today. Have a great summer guys and we hope to see you on the water very soon 🤙 #visitlaois #irelandsancienteast #irelandshiddenheartlands #visitoffaly #slievebloommountainbiking #midirelandadventure #banagherontheshannon #supsafari

30 0 13 June, 2019
Oughaval Woods Mass Rock - Stradbally, Co.Laois
This Mass Rock was in use from 1691 to 1721 and occasionaly Mass is still celebrated there.  Mass Rocks were used for celebrating the Mass during Penal time (1690-1750). Penal time is a period during while laws had been made or re-enforced in order to force the population to accept the domination of the Anglican Church. Obviously I'm writing few lines about a subject that deserves hundreds just to stick to a simple explanation of the pictures, but I invite you to visit www.findamassrock.ie for more informations.

#massrock #stradbally #laois #laoistourism #forest #coillte #oughavalwoods #woods  #visitlaois #ireland #irishhistory #history #nature #sun #hidden #heritageireland #IrelandsAncientEast #nofilter #irlande #foret #irelandhistory #bois #trees #visitireland #tourismireland #discoverireland

Oughaval Woods Mass Rock - Stradbally, Co.Laois
This Mass Rock was in use from 1691 to 1721 and occasionaly Mass is still celebrated there. Mass Rocks were used for celebrating the Mass during Penal time (1690-1750). Penal time is a period during while laws had been made or re-enforced in order to force the population to accept the domination of the Anglican Church. Obviously I'm writing few lines about a subject that deserves hundreds just to stick to a simple explanation of the pictures, but I invite you to visit www.findamassrock.ie for more informations.

#massrock #stradbally #laois #laoistourism #forest #coillte #oughavalwoods #woods #visitlaois #ireland #irishhistory #history #nature #sun #hidden #heritageireland #IrelandsAncientEast #nofilter #irlande #foret #irelandhistory #bois #trees #visitireland #tourismireland #discoverireland

65 3 10 June, 2019
Sunday scrolling?......check this out! 
Celebrate the Summer Solstice on
21st June with us in the midlands. Ensure you make the most of the longest day of the year with a luxury stay here at The Heritage Hotel & Spa. Start your stay with us with a refreshing glass of Pimms which will be served on arrival in the newly refurbished Slieve Bloom Lounge. 
Feast on a 4 course meal in the Arlington Restaurant and retire to your luxury accommodation. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast the following morning with a late check out of ‪1pm‬. Prices from €105 per person sharing! 
#midsummer
#specialoffer
#onenifhtonly
#summer
#visitlaois
#laoistourism
#theheritage
#Pimms
#summersolstice

Sunday scrolling?......check this out!
Celebrate the Summer Solstice on
21st June with us in the midlands. Ensure you make the most of the longest day of the year with a luxury stay here at The Heritage Hotel & Spa. Start your stay with us with a refreshing glass of Pimms which will be served on arrival in the newly refurbished Slieve Bloom Lounge.
Feast on a 4 course meal in the Arlington Restaurant and retire to your luxury accommodation. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast the following morning with a late check out of ‪1pm‬. Prices from €105 per person sharing!
#midsummer
#specialoffer
#onenifhtonly
#summer
#visitlaois
#laoistourism
#theheritage
#Pimms
#summersolstice

23 2 9 June, 2019
Summer fun for all the family. Book your private SUP or Kayak safari on the river Shannon from our waterside base at Banagher Marina. Contact Jonathan at (085) 173 5204 for more details #irelandsancienteast #visitoffaly #slievebloommountainbiking #irelandshiddenheartlands #visitlaois #ireland #banagherontheshannon #supsafari #kayaktours

Summer fun for all the family. Book your private SUP or Kayak safari on the river Shannon from our waterside base at Banagher Marina. Contact Jonathan at (085) 173 5204 for more details #irelandsancienteast #visitoffaly #slievebloommountainbiking #irelandshiddenheartlands #visitlaois #ireland #banagherontheshannon #supsafari #kayaktours

32 1 7 June, 2019
Our fleet of mountain bikes are available for full and half day rental from our base at Kinnitty village. Why not grab a bunch of your friends and explore Kinnity and the glorious Slieve Bloom mountains. Contact Jonathan at (085) 173 5204 for more details #visitlaois #visitoffaly #midirelandadventure #slievebloommtbcentre #irelandsancienteast #irelandshiddenheartlands #kinnittybandb  #kinnittycastlehotel #slievebloommountainbiking

Our fleet of mountain bikes are available for full and half day rental from our base at Kinnitty village. Why not grab a bunch of your friends and explore Kinnity and the glorious Slieve Bloom mountains. Contact Jonathan at (085) 173 5204 for more details #visitlaois #visitoffaly #midirelandadventure #slievebloommtbcentre #irelandsancienteast #irelandshiddenheartlands #kinnittybandb #kinnittycastlehotel #slievebloommountainbiking

15 0 7 June, 2019
The icing on the cake to our first trip to @emocourtopw .
... finding out that it coincided with the recent opening of the first floor gallery rooms, now showing a stunning contemporary exhibition by @oliver.sears which will run over the summer months. As if you needed another reason to visit. .
You've got all the big hitters here: Hughie O'Donoghue, David Hockney, Nick Miller, Ed Miliano and Camille Souter, to name but a few. I shouldn't play favourites but I was bowled over by the wonderful 'Bloom. Emo' by Sasha Sykes: a folding screen in which flora from the grounds of the estate is pressed and held in-situ in an acrylic and resin screen, placed in front of the huge sash windows for the perfect effect. It's really beautiful. The bold 'Common History: Vanitas' by Michael Craig-Martin was another show-stopper for me and I also loved Michael Canning's tree sculpture, placed in the window to its best advantage. It's a seriously good collection of work and is worth a visit if you happen to be in the area. .
@laoistourism @laoisheritage @irelandsancienteast @irelandshiddenheartlands @discoverireland.ie .
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#laois #visitlaois #visitireland #laoistourism #irelandsancienteast #laoisheritage #emocourt #irelandtravel #irishgardens #laoisgardentrail #laoisarts #irelandshiddenheartlands #discoverireland #heritageireland #naturelovers #naturephotography #irishcountryhouse #loveireland #irishart #irishcontemporaryart #irishgallery #oliversearsgallery

The icing on the cake to our first trip to @emocourtopw .
... finding out that it coincided with the recent opening of the first floor gallery rooms, now showing a stunning contemporary exhibition by @oliver.sears which will run over the summer months. As if you needed another reason to visit. .
You've got all the big hitters here: Hughie O'Donoghue, David Hockney, Nick Miller, Ed Miliano and Camille Souter, to name but a few. I shouldn't play favourites but I was bowled over by the wonderful 'Bloom. Emo' by Sasha Sykes: a folding screen in which flora from the grounds of the estate is pressed and held in-situ in an acrylic and resin screen, placed in front of the huge sash windows for the perfect effect. It's really beautiful. The bold 'Common History: Vanitas' by Michael Craig-Martin was another show-stopper for me and I also loved Michael Canning's tree sculpture, placed in the window to its best advantage. It's a seriously good collection of work and is worth a visit if you happen to be in the area. .
@laoistourism @laoisheritage @irelandsancienteast @irelandshiddenheartlands @discoverireland.ie .
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#laois #visitlaois #visitireland #laoistourism #irelandsancienteast #laoisheritage #emocourt #irelandtravel #irishgardens #laoisgardentrail #laoisarts #irelandshiddenheartlands #discoverireland #heritageireland #naturelovers #naturephotography #irishcountryhouse #loveireland #irishart #irishcontemporaryart #irishgallery #oliversearsgallery

29 1 6 June, 2019
A little taster of what you'll see if you take a tour of the house at the lovely @emocourtopw in Laois. .
It's seriously impressive with an eclectic mix of styles ranging from the elegantly Classical to the wild and ostentacious Rococo, right up to more traditional country-house style furnishings of the mid-20th century. It's worth taking a tour to see the striking Marble Salon or Rotunda room with a double-height dome and wonderful views up the avenue which is flanked on both sides by giant sequoia trees. That amazing brass chandelier is original 19th century and makes for an impressive centrepiece in the drawing room .
@laoistourism @laoisheritage @irelandsancienteast @irelandshiddenheartlands .
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#laois #visitlaois #visitireland #laoistourism #irelandsancienteast #laoisheritage #emocourt #irelandtravel #irishgardens #laoisgardentrail #laoisarts #irelandshiddenheartlands #discoverireland #heritageireland #naturelovers #naturephotography #irishcountryhouse #loveireland #irishvacation

A little taster of what you'll see if you take a tour of the house at the lovely @emocourtopw in Laois. .
It's seriously impressive with an eclectic mix of styles ranging from the elegantly Classical to the wild and ostentacious Rococo, right up to more traditional country-house style furnishings of the mid-20th century. It's worth taking a tour to see the striking Marble Salon or Rotunda room with a double-height dome and wonderful views up the avenue which is flanked on both sides by giant sequoia trees. That amazing brass chandelier is original 19th century and makes for an impressive centrepiece in the drawing room .
@laoistourism @laoisheritage @irelandsancienteast @irelandshiddenheartlands .
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#laois #visitlaois #visitireland #laoistourism #irelandsancienteast #laoisheritage #emocourt #irelandtravel #irishgardens #laoisgardentrail #laoisarts #irelandshiddenheartlands #discoverireland #heritageireland #naturelovers #naturephotography #irishcountryhouse #loveireland #irishvacation

34 1 5 June, 2019
@emocourtopw - another good reason to explore the midlands. .
Located just off the M7, a short distance from Portlaoise, this magnificent stately home stands tall on an impressive estate with grand formal gardens and beautiful woodland and lakeside walks. It's so peaceful walking under an umbrella of lush greenery with splashes of colour from a variety of plants and shrubs. A little piece of heaven. 
The house was designed by James Gandon who was responsible for some of the most iconic buildings in Dublin: The Four Courts, the Custom House and King's Inn. And the good news is, Emo Court is now open to the public again for the summer months but the house is accessible only by guided tour. It's worth it to get a peak of the grand interior of the house, especially the Rotunda room, and to hear a little about the history of the estate. .
@laoistourism @laoisheritage @irelandsancienteast @irelandshiddenheartlands @experiencinglaois @laoispeople .
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#laois #visitlaois #visitireland #laoistourism #irelandsancienteast #laoisheritage #emocourt #irelandtravel #irishgardens #laoisgardentrail #laoisarts #irelandshiddenheartlands #discoverireland #heritageireland #naturelovers #naturephotography #irishcountryhouse #loveireland

@emocourtopw - another good reason to explore the midlands. .
Located just off the M7, a short distance from Portlaoise, this magnificent stately home stands tall on an impressive estate with grand formal gardens and beautiful woodland and lakeside walks. It's so peaceful walking under an umbrella of lush greenery with splashes of colour from a variety of plants and shrubs. A little piece of heaven.
The house was designed by James Gandon who was responsible for some of the most iconic buildings in Dublin: The Four Courts, the Custom House and King's Inn. And the good news is, Emo Court is now open to the public again for the summer months but the house is accessible only by guided tour. It's worth it to get a peak of the grand interior of the house, especially the Rotunda room, and to hear a little about the history of the estate. .
@laoistourism @laoisheritage @irelandsancienteast @irelandshiddenheartlands @experiencinglaois @laoispeople .
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#laois #visitlaois #visitireland #laoistourism #irelandsancienteast #laoisheritage #emocourt #irelandtravel #irishgardens #laoisgardentrail #laoisarts #irelandshiddenheartlands #discoverireland #heritageireland #naturelovers #naturephotography #irishcountryhouse #loveireland

46 2 4 June, 2019
Thanks to Luke from Austin, Texas for sending in this pic to us. Luke rented one of our Orbea hardtail MTB and enjoyed his morning in the beautiful Slieve Bloom mountains. #irelandshiddenheartlands #irelandsancienteast #visitoffaly #visitlaois #midirelandadventure #slievebloommtbcentre

Thanks to Luke from Austin, Texas for sending in this pic to us. Luke rented one of our Orbea hardtail MTB and enjoyed his morning in the beautiful Slieve Bloom mountains. #irelandshiddenheartlands #irelandsancienteast #visitoffaly #visitlaois #midirelandadventure #slievebloommtbcentre

25 0 3 June, 2019
Thanks to Luke from Austin, Texas for send in this pic to us. Luke rented one of our Orbea hardtail MTB and enjoyed his morning the beautiful Slieve Bloom mountains. #irelandshiddenheartlands #irelandsancienteast #visitoffaly #visitlaois #midirelandadventure #slievebloommtbcentre

Thanks to Luke from Austin, Texas for send in this pic to us. Luke rented one of our Orbea hardtail MTB and enjoyed his morning the beautiful Slieve Bloom mountains. #irelandshiddenheartlands #irelandsancienteast #visitoffaly #visitlaois #midirelandadventure #slievebloommtbcentre

25 0 3 June, 2019
The Laois lads popped across the border to check out the new Slieve Bloom Mtb trails at the weekend. The lads were well impressed and said they would be return in the near future. #visitlaois #irelandsancienteast #visitoffaly #ireland #slievebloommtbcentre #mtb #slievebloommountainbiking

The Laois lads popped across the border to check out the new Slieve Bloom Mtb trails at the weekend. The lads were well impressed and said they would be return in the near future. #visitlaois #irelandsancienteast #visitoffaly #ireland #slievebloommtbcentre #mtb #slievebloommountainbiking

28 1 2 June, 2019
The Laois lads popped across the border to check out the new Slieve Bloom Mtb trails at the weekend. The lads were well impressed and said they would return in the near future. #visitlaois #irelandsancienteast #visitoffaly #ireland #slievebloommtbcentre #mtb #slievebloommountainbiking

The Laois lads popped across the border to check out the new Slieve Bloom Mtb trails at the weekend. The lads were well impressed and said they would return in the near future. #visitlaois #irelandsancienteast #visitoffaly #ireland #slievebloommtbcentre #mtb #slievebloommountainbiking

29 1 2 June, 2019
A great start to my birthday today, with a 16k run following the 1100 years old route #marchofthevikings from Vicarstown to Timahoe. It’s a great local event and started the #timahoeheritagefestival off with a bang. Great work to all the volunteers and Vikings in Timahoe. #visitlaois #timahoeroundtower #irishvikings #laoistourism

A great start to my birthday today, with a 16k run following the 1100 years old route #marchofthevikings from Vicarstown to Timahoe. It’s a great local event and started the #timahoeheritagefestival off with a bang. Great work to all the volunteers and Vikings in Timahoe. #visitlaois #timahoeroundtower #irishvikings #laoistourism

29 11 1 June, 2019

Top #visitlaois posts

I love outdoors 🌿 Beautiful view from Rock of Dunamase 🏰

#laois #rockofdunamase #visitlaois #ireland_gram #ireland_daily #castleruins #irishcastles #naturelovers

I love outdoors 🌿 Beautiful view from Rock of Dunamase 🏰

#laois #rockofdunamase #visitlaois #ireland_gram #ireland_daily #castleruins #irishcastles #naturelovers

25 1 12 July, 2019
Nice shot taken in the Slieve  Blooms from last weekends Mtb tour. #visitlaois #visitoffaly #midirelandadventure #slievebloommtbcentre #irelandsancienteast #irelandshiddenheartlands #kinnittycastle  #mtbtours

Nice shot taken in the Slieve Blooms from last weekends Mtb tour. #visitlaois #visitoffaly #midirelandadventure #slievebloommtbcentre #irelandsancienteast #irelandshiddenheartlands #kinnittycastle #mtbtours

22 1 1 July, 2019
It’s a big fun world out there. The best way to see some of its secrets is aboard one our Orbea mountain bikes. Explore the glorious Slieve Bloom mountains with one of our touring or MTB bikes.
We provide guided mountain bike tours & rentals at Kinnitty village. Chat with one of our MTB leaders who have an in depth knowledge of bikes and the Slieve Bloom Mts
All our rental bikes and tours are fully covered under our public liability insurance. 
Our MTB instructors have certified Cycling Ireland MBLA Trail Cycle Leader Awards and our team are trained in Remote Emergency Care First Aid. 
Half Day & Full Day Rental available. 
Contact Jonathan for more details. #slievebloommtbcentre #visitlongford #visitlaois #failteireland #irelandsancienteast #irelandshiddenheartlands #midirelandadventure #visitoffaly #slievebloommountainbiking

It’s a big fun world out there. The best way to see some of its secrets is aboard one our Orbea mountain bikes. Explore the glorious Slieve Bloom mountains with one of our touring or MTB bikes.
We provide guided mountain bike tours & rentals at Kinnitty village. Chat with one of our MTB leaders who have an in depth knowledge of bikes and the Slieve Bloom Mts
All our rental bikes and tours are fully covered under our public liability insurance.
Our MTB instructors have certified Cycling Ireland MBLA Trail Cycle Leader Awards and our team are trained in Remote Emergency Care First Aid.
Half Day & Full Day Rental available.
Contact Jonathan for more details. #slievebloommtbcentre #visitlongford #visitlaois #failteireland #irelandsancienteast #irelandshiddenheartlands #midirelandadventure #visitoffaly #slievebloommountainbiking

30 1 24 May, 2019
The Laois lads popped across the border to check out the new Slieve Bloom Mtb trails at the weekend. The lads were well impressed and said they would be return in the near future. #visitlaois #irelandsancienteast #visitoffaly #ireland #slievebloommtbcentre #mtb #slievebloommountainbiking

The Laois lads popped across the border to check out the new Slieve Bloom Mtb trails at the weekend. The lads were well impressed and said they would be return in the near future. #visitlaois #irelandsancienteast #visitoffaly #ireland #slievebloommtbcentre #mtb #slievebloommountainbiking

28 1 2 June, 2019
Budget Friendly Family Day Out -
Emo Court in Portarlington Co Laois. I love bringing my kids to OPW heritage sites as they learn so much about our history and heritage without even realising it. A lot of OPW sites have free entry the first Wednesday of the month so we decided to pay a visit to Emo. Unfortunately the tours were booked out so Martina very kindly offered to bring us on a private tour of the house. The kids had a blast learning about how the house came to be built and about the past inhabitants, Major Harrison lived at Emo Court up until 2008. There's also two exhibitions at the moment one is the works of Fr Browne as he lived in Emo Court for over 20 years.
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James Gandon was commissioned to design the house by the 1st Earl of Portarlington back in 1790 but it took 80 years for it to be completed. Gandon built very few private houses, he is better known for his work on the Four Courts, Kings Inns, Custom House, City Hall and the portico at Central Bank in Dublin. .
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The 1st Earl of Portarlington was John Dawson grandson of Ephraim Dawson after whom Dawson Street in Dublin is named. I love when we can tie back names and places in history for my kids to places they recognise as it makes it more real for them. .
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The grounds and formal gardens are beautiful with a 1.5km forest trail so make sure to bring a picnic and your walking shoes. Guided tours cost €8 per adult and free for kids under 12, kids 12-17 €4 with family tickets available. Entry to the gardens and parking are free. Every Sunday during the Summer there's a farmer's market at the gate to Emo Court. .
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Total cost for family day out for 7: Free
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#familytravelblog #opwireland #history #heritage #mammyvanadventures #mammyvan #summerdaysout #budgetdaysout #ipbig #irishtravelblog #irishparentingblogger #summerinireland #daysoutireland #irishbloggers #igersireland #irishhistory #mumof6 #mumsontherun #mansion #visitlaois #failteireland #frbrowne #photography #titanic #visitireland

Budget Friendly Family Day Out -
Emo Court in Portarlington Co Laois. I love bringing my kids to OPW heritage sites as they learn so much about our history and heritage without even realising it. A lot of OPW sites have free entry the first Wednesday of the month so we decided to pay a visit to Emo. Unfortunately the tours were booked out so Martina very kindly offered to bring us on a private tour of the house. The kids had a blast learning about how the house came to be built and about the past inhabitants, Major Harrison lived at Emo Court up until 2008. There's also two exhibitions at the moment one is the works of Fr Browne as he lived in Emo Court for over 20 years.
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James Gandon was commissioned to design the house by the 1st Earl of Portarlington back in 1790 but it took 80 years for it to be completed. Gandon built very few private houses, he is better known for his work on the Four Courts, Kings Inns, Custom House, City Hall and the portico at Central Bank in Dublin. .
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The 1st Earl of Portarlington was John Dawson grandson of Ephraim Dawson after whom Dawson Street in Dublin is named. I love when we can tie back names and places in history for my kids to places they recognise as it makes it more real for them. .
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The grounds and formal gardens are beautiful with a 1.5km forest trail so make sure to bring a picnic and your walking shoes. Guided tours cost €8 per adult and free for kids under 12, kids 12-17 €4 with family tickets available. Entry to the gardens and parking are free. Every Sunday during the Summer there's a farmer's market at the gate to Emo Court. .
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Total cost for family day out for 7: Free
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#familytravelblog #opwireland #history #heritage #mammyvanadventures #mammyvan #summerdaysout #budgetdaysout #ipbig #irishtravelblog #irishparentingblogger #summerinireland #daysoutireland #irishbloggers #igersireland #irishhistory #mumof6 #mumsontherun #mansion #visitlaois #failteireland #frbrowne #photography #titanic #visitireland

197 6 4 July, 2019
A little taster of what you'll see if you take a tour of the house at the lovely @emocourtopw in Laois. .
It's seriously impressive with an eclectic mix of styles ranging from the elegantly Classical to the wild and ostentacious Rococo, right up to more traditional country-house style furnishings of the mid-20th century. It's worth taking a tour to see the striking Marble Salon or Rotunda room with a double-height dome and wonderful views up the avenue which is flanked on both sides by giant sequoia trees. That amazing brass chandelier is original 19th century and makes for an impressive centrepiece in the drawing room .
@laoistourism @laoisheritage @irelandsancienteast @irelandshiddenheartlands .
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#laois #visitlaois #visitireland #laoistourism #irelandsancienteast #laoisheritage #emocourt #irelandtravel #irishgardens #laoisgardentrail #laoisarts #irelandshiddenheartlands #discoverireland #heritageireland #naturelovers #naturephotography #irishcountryhouse #loveireland #irishvacation

A little taster of what you'll see if you take a tour of the house at the lovely @emocourtopw in Laois. .
It's seriously impressive with an eclectic mix of styles ranging from the elegantly Classical to the wild and ostentacious Rococo, right up to more traditional country-house style furnishings of the mid-20th century. It's worth taking a tour to see the striking Marble Salon or Rotunda room with a double-height dome and wonderful views up the avenue which is flanked on both sides by giant sequoia trees. That amazing brass chandelier is original 19th century and makes for an impressive centrepiece in the drawing room .
@laoistourism @laoisheritage @irelandsancienteast @irelandshiddenheartlands .
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#laois #visitlaois #visitireland #laoistourism #irelandsancienteast #laoisheritage #emocourt #irelandtravel #irishgardens #laoisgardentrail #laoisarts #irelandshiddenheartlands #discoverireland #heritageireland #naturelovers #naturephotography #irishcountryhouse #loveireland #irishvacation

34 1 5 June, 2019
The icing on the cake to our first trip to @emocourtopw .
... finding out that it coincided with the recent opening of the first floor gallery rooms, now showing a stunning contemporary exhibition by @oliver.sears which will run over the summer months. As if you needed another reason to visit. .
You've got all the big hitters here: Hughie O'Donoghue, David Hockney, Nick Miller, Ed Miliano and Camille Souter, to name but a few. I shouldn't play favourites but I was bowled over by the wonderful 'Bloom. Emo' by Sasha Sykes: a folding screen in which flora from the grounds of the estate is pressed and held in-situ in an acrylic and resin screen, placed in front of the huge sash windows for the perfect effect. It's really beautiful. The bold 'Common History: Vanitas' by Michael Craig-Martin was another show-stopper for me and I also loved Michael Canning's tree sculpture, placed in the window to its best advantage. It's a seriously good collection of work and is worth a visit if you happen to be in the area. .
@laoistourism @laoisheritage @irelandsancienteast @irelandshiddenheartlands @discoverireland.ie .
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#laois #visitlaois #visitireland #laoistourism #irelandsancienteast #laoisheritage #emocourt #irelandtravel #irishgardens #laoisgardentrail #laoisarts #irelandshiddenheartlands #discoverireland #heritageireland #naturelovers #naturephotography #irishcountryhouse #loveireland #irishart #irishcontemporaryart #irishgallery #oliversearsgallery

The icing on the cake to our first trip to @emocourtopw .
... finding out that it coincided with the recent opening of the first floor gallery rooms, now showing a stunning contemporary exhibition by @oliver.sears which will run over the summer months. As if you needed another reason to visit. .
You've got all the big hitters here: Hughie O'Donoghue, David Hockney, Nick Miller, Ed Miliano and Camille Souter, to name but a few. I shouldn't play favourites but I was bowled over by the wonderful 'Bloom. Emo' by Sasha Sykes: a folding screen in which flora from the grounds of the estate is pressed and held in-situ in an acrylic and resin screen, placed in front of the huge sash windows for the perfect effect. It's really beautiful. The bold 'Common History: Vanitas' by Michael Craig-Martin was another show-stopper for me and I also loved Michael Canning's tree sculpture, placed in the window to its best advantage. It's a seriously good collection of work and is worth a visit if you happen to be in the area. .
@laoistourism @laoisheritage @irelandsancienteast @irelandshiddenheartlands @discoverireland.ie .
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#laois #visitlaois #visitireland #laoistourism #irelandsancienteast #laoisheritage #emocourt #irelandtravel #irishgardens #laoisgardentrail #laoisarts #irelandshiddenheartlands #discoverireland #heritageireland #naturelovers #naturephotography #irishcountryhouse #loveireland #irishart #irishcontemporaryart #irishgallery #oliversearsgallery

29 1 6 June, 2019