March 2016

Surprise!!!

Exciting news. Some very special  people are going to win Trips of a Lifetime to Ireland and the Park Hotel Kenmare this St.Patrick’s Day.

It is top secret at the moment but I shall update you over the next few days on @francisbrennanb ….from California !

Francis Brennan Grand Tour

RTÉ’s television series Francis Brennan’s Grand Tour is returning to our screens this summer and you could be one of the holidaymakers taking part in the adventure of a lifetime.

This year Francis will face a new set of challenges as he becomes a tour guide for 10 holidaymakers on a 10 night escorted holiday by […]

August 2015

Add Some Colour To Your Life

We all need a little bit of colour in our lives. Colour sets the mood and the tone of the home – some colours are vivacious and energetic while others are much more calming and relaxing by nature. Whether you want a pop or burst here and there, or you want to pack a colourful punch, […]

Travel

I travel an awful lot, and I can honestly say I’ve experienced most of the world’s travel systems, so I like to think I’m a bit of an expert. I’ve taken taxis in New York, where it’s practically an Olympic event, and flown on most major airlines, and I also have to drive a lot […]

The Perfect Scone

Here’s a nice recipe from the Park Hotel Kenmare for a quick scone mix, if you have time. Park Hotel Kenmare scones (makes twelve)

Combine flour, baking powder and salt, and sift into a large mixing bowl.
Cut in butter with a pastry blender or rub it in using your fingers until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Add sugar […]

The Perfect Cup of Tea – Here is how I make It!

1. Put the kettle on to boil.

2. When it has almost boiled, splash some of the hot water into the teapot and swish it around to warm the pot. You can use a china pot or a stainless-steel one. I prefer china, because it looks so nice and I think the flavour’s better.

3. Empty the […]

Planes

Never are manners so important as when you’re travelling on an aircraft. Modern air travel has us all packed in like sardines, and that’s after having had to remove what feels like every stitch of clothing in security. It’s vital that we remember our manners, both before and during the flight. This can be difficult […]

Complaining

If you have to complain… do it nicely !

 Begin quietly. If you’re in a café and the waiter forgets your cappuccino order, don’t click your fingers and yell: catch their eye and gently remind them. If your soup is cold, quietly ask if it could be replaced. Your goal is to get hot soup, not […]

July 2015

Breakfast Is The Most Important Meal of the Day

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast provides you with the energy and nutrients that lead to increased concentration. Studies show that breakfast is important in maintaining a healthy body. Roll your eyes if you like, but the old bromide about breakfast being the most important meal of the day is true […]

Travel Packing what not to bring…

The goal is simple: to visit your destination without a suitcase so stuffed that you emit strange animal sounds trying to heave it into the overhead compartment — and with plenty of clean socks and underwear. But if only it were that easy! If you’ve struggled over which clothes to bring or how many gadgets […]