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From Westport House to the West Indies

‘CHAMPION OF THE SLAVES’ Author ANNE CHAMBERS writes about 2nd Marquess of Sligo and his fight against slavery in the West Indies. ‘Slavery has divided society into two classes: to the one it has given power, but to the other it has not extended protection. One of those classes is above public opinion and the other below it; neither one therefore is under its influence.’ Lord Sligo, Governor General of […]

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Spring Cleaning 101 – Part 6– Baths and Jacuzzis

About eight years ago or so I discovered an outlet during what can only be described as probably the most stressful couple of years I have ever managed to muddle through. Who knew that the planting of some hedging and a small rose garden at the time would lead this accidental gardener to develop one of the most fulfilling, fascinating, joyous and let’s be honest, somewhat backbreaking glorious pass-times. I […]

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Cian’s Apple Cake

Community spirit is at the heart of Westport, as local businesses come together during these unprecedented times. The owner and head chef of Cian’s on Bridge Street, Cian Hayes, will be opening a pop-up restaurant experience in Hotel Westport on 3rd July: Cian’s at Hotel Westport. Bringing a unique take on the menu ordinarily served at his award-winning restaurant to Hotel Westport, the pop-up will take advantage of the large […]

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Things To Do in Westport Summer 2020

Westport is the only place for your post-pandemic staycation this summer. With the easing of the toughest restrictions just around the corner, Hotel Westport has put together the ultimate socially distant staycation packages for those chomping at the bit to get beyond their 20k and reset the rest of their summer in style. Those coping with cabin-fever or simply ready for some new experiences – remember those – need to […]

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Fun With Nature: Week 4

This week we are gone a little crazy for Leaves! While they are generally easier to collect and have much more vibrant colours in Autumn, there’s no reason we can’t use them to have fun in summer too! Below are some great ideas that will show your littlies that sometimes the most fun things can be free to us!  Stick Fairies   We spotted these Stick Fairies on MotherNatured.com  What a […]

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Spring Cleaning 101 – Part 4 – Grass stains in clothes

There is nothing so glorious as the smell of freshly cut grass. It is one of those smells that takes you back to those fabulous happy childhood memories, the ones that completely transport you. Some folks might see grass cutting as a chore, including me. However, I must admit that I love the fact it is a chore which allows the kids to get involved and I can, therefore, spend […]

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Pear Bakewell Pie

Ingredients: 450 g shortcrust pastry 100 g unsalted butter (at room temperature) 100 g icing sugar 100 g ground almonds 8 pears halved 25 g plain flour 2 large eggs 50g flaked almond Apricot jam (to glaze) Method: Grease a 12” tart tin or 1 muffin tray and pre-heat oven to 180°C. Roll out the pastry and line the tart tin or muffin tray and trim the edges. In a bowl […]

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Westport Estate is Blooming

While the world seems to have been put on pause, the Gardens and Grounds at Westport House have been blooming and flourishing and we can’t wait to share all the beauty with you #WhenWeTravelAgain. In the meantime check out some of the fab photos from recent weeks:   We celebrated Darkness into Light 2020, even though we couldn’t all walk together like we normally do Some local spread some happiness […]

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Fun With Nature: Week 4

Rock Painting We’ve all seen the beautiful Painted Pebbles found around Westport lately, they have really lifted peoples spirits.  On your walk get your kids to pick out whatever rocks, stones or pebbles that they are attracted too. When you get home to get them to sit down and paint them, don’t give too much instruction let them be creative. Afterwards, you can keep them in a lunchbox or use […]

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