Travel – Lorraine Keane

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Ile de Ré, France – Chic et Fantastique!

I have always loved visiting France, ever since my ‘Tante Lizzie’ introduced me to her Parisian home in the late eighties. She was French correspondent for the BBC and was the first person to tell me about Ile de Ré – many, many people have told me about it since.  It has taken me this long to finally visit it, but it was well worth the wait. We decided to take the car on the Stenaline ferry (from Rosslare), as we’d heard too many horror stories of holidays ruined by the recurring French Air Traffic Controllers’ summertime strikes (more than 50…

Falling in love with Portugal

It’s been a while since I wrote a travel feature and this is my first travel blog.  I just couldn’t resist telling you about the 5 glorious days my family and I spent in Quinta do Lago and Sagres this Easter.  It was just too good to keep it to myself! Firstly Faro airport is only 30 minutes from Quinta do Lago so door to door from Dublin, we were at the pool at our resort in just under 5 hours; there is no time difference at all so you don’t even lose an hour, the airport is serviced by Aer Lingus…

The Irish Reach Out for Children’s Refuge in Portugal

  While Peter and I were in Portugal recently we were invited to attend what has become an annual event in Quinta do Lago, the Reach for Refugio project. Over the last 4 years a staggering amount of money has been raised to help children’s homes in the area, including a fabulous 42 seater ‘Dream Bus’. I was delighted to chat with one of the committee members, the lovely Deirdre Kelly, who has been helping Irish children with her Angels Quest charity, providing respite care for families, for 20 years. Sharon Crosbie flew in to entertain the crowd during a…