Eimear Phelan gets off the tapas trail in La Rioja and discovers the hidden treasures of the north of Spain. Ever wanted to be in a period drama? LaGuardia is your first step. Once you pass through the gates of this completely walled town, the sound of cars fades and you are transported back in time.
"I come from a family that's very close. We keep in touch and most of us live within an hour of each other. And I live like a thousand miles away. It's very different being away from family. It changes the phone calls you have.
"I don't think tax cuts work. People shouldn't run for office on the basis of 'we are going to raise taxes'. Basically what's happening now in Ireland is the tax money is going somewhere and it's not being used to help the thousands of people on the streets.
Fast forward to 9 months later: My Spanish has come on in leaps and bounds and I have seen so many places in Spain I never knew existed. Small towns with hot springs, nut festivals, bean festivals and of course wine festivals.
Bright, outgoing, eminently qualified and bursting with ambition, Eimear Phelan will be a huge loss to this country. Frustrated by the lack of employment opportunities, the 23-year-old DCU graduate is packing her bags and moving to Spain, where she has landed a teaching contract. And right now, she doesn't know if she will ever come back.
The Irish Times Amateur Travel Writer competition closed at the end of Spetember. We asked you to send us articles of up to 600 words that would excite us about your personal travel journeys. We received close to 500 entries, telling stories about almost every corner of the globe.
The Body & Soul collective woke up to a bright and sunny morning, poised for day two of the three-day festival. Last night almost two thousand excited festival goers had their first taste of open-air fun and frolics with Darkside headlining.
MARIAN FINUCANE must have been living in a cave. It appears that the RTE Radio presenter learned a little about popular culture on her radio show this morning. In the final section of her show this morning, as she was going through the papers, she claimed she has "never heard of Kim Kardashian, never ever".
Brendan O'Carroll pledged €30,000 of his own cash to one of his guests this morning while hosting the Marian Finucane Show on RTÉ. The Dublin born funny man is filling in for Marian Finucane this weekend on her 11am to 1pm slot.
The British royal family are apparently "furious" over the recent pictures of Kate Middleton, Prince William 's wife, the Duchesse of Cambridge. The pictures of Kate's bare behind were taken during the couple's recent tour of Australia and New Zealand.
The first day of Body & Soul kicked off under a sunny sky as 2000 revellers descended on the picturesque grounds of Ballinlough Castle in Co. Westmeath. The fun began for many on the scheduled buses running from Dublin city centre. Most pulled off with a loud cheer before joining the convoy to the summer solstice music festival.
A Kerry TD said he wants BBC's Top Gear to film an episode along the Wild Atlantic Way. Fine Gael 's Brendan Griffin, TD for Kerry South, has invited producers to film along the 2,400km costal route that run from Donegal to Cork.
One man has proved the song "The eye of the tiger" really is the most motivational song of all time. He used it as his inspiration to put on his pants using his dance moves alone. The man set himself the challenge of putting on his, erm...rather tight pants, without using his upper limbs.
The British singer Robbie William has said he has "no advice really" for the One Direction boys that would be "worth anything". The singer, who struggled for years with drug addiction and mental illness including Manic Depression as well as tension with his former band mates in Take That, asked "What advice could I give them that would be worth anything and would they listen?
Paul McGrath said he has nothing but sympathy for Luis Suarez after the Liverpool ace's exit from the World Cup in disgrace. McGrath was speaking to Brendan O'Carrol who hosted the Marian Finucane show on RTE Radio this morning. The former Ireland captain was firmly of the opinion "the man needs help" as speculation mounts about the player's future at Liverpool.
Eimear Phelan and Caitlin McBride Jonny and Laura Sexton have become parents for the first time. The Irish rugby star and his wife of one year are celebrating the birth of a little boy, who arrived two weeks early today, Independent.ie has confirmed.
Brendan O'Carroll filled some "substantial shoes" in his own words, this morning when he filled in for Marian Finucane on the Marian Finucane show on RTÉ1. The Finglas entertainer took a break from promoting his new movie "Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie" to fill the 11-1 one slot this morning.
BIEBER has been getting himself in some very hot water recently with leaked video of the star using the N-word. Now his long time mentor, Usher, has stepped in and is defending the 20-year-old. The video, which surfaced recently, shows a 13-year-old Bieber talking to the camera telling racist jokes including the use of the N-word.
Over a hundred people turned up to an impromptu busking session and tapped their feet along to the unique earthy songs of Rodrigo y Gabriela this afternoon. It has been a number of years since the Mexican guitar duo have played in Dublin - and even longer since performing atop amplifiers on Grafton Street - but they looked very much at home in their old busking spot.
When US President Barrack Obama took some time out to play ping pong with David Cameron he never realised the power of the internet. the two leaders made a visit to the Globe Academy in South London as part of press for Obama's state visit to Britain.
Eimear Phelan Ever wanted to be an airport security agent?Now, thanks to the TSA instagram account, you can see all the crazy stuff they confiscate off passengers. On the Instagram account, run by Transport Security Administration (TSA) in the US, there really is anything and everything from shuriken (throwing stars) to key knives and hand grenades.
A new male dolphin called "Clet" has been visiting the south west coast of Ireland recently and was photographed in Glandore harbour, County Cork chasing boats yesterday. The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has recorded the sighting this week and is monitoring the young male.
Galway was dedicated to finding forever homes for 17 puppies today but just over half left the home with new families. The new homes were found after MADRA, the volunteer organisation dedicated to re-homing dogs, had a puppy adoption drive in its shop in Galway's Westside today.
A MAN has died following an alleged assault outside a pub in the early hours of this morning. The 60-year-old man was taken to hospital late last night after the incident in Bohermore, Galway. The man, named locally as Liam Horan, was taken to University College Hospital Galway.
A Northern Ireland tourism initiative gained over 100 million fans due to the popular HBO series Game of Thrones. Northern Ireland has been the main location for Winterfell, the home of the Stark Family in Game of Thrones and is also home to the Kingsroad which is filmed at the Dark Hedges in Ballymoney, Co.
An angler discovered an exotic "Dragonfish" in the river Suck this weekend. The fish is native to north and south America but can be purchased in Ireland in pet stores for aquariums. The fish is only about six inches long and was partly decomposed when handed over to Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) but thanks to its long teeth, it was indentified as a "Dragonfish" or "Violet or Dragon Goby".
North Korea's leader was visibly limping as he appeared at a ceremony to commemorate the death his grandfather. Kim Jong-un was attending the ceremony to celebrate the death of Kim ll-sung the country's founder and his grandfather. He appeared to be walking slower and favouring his left leg as he went through proceedings.
Former White Stripes lead singer Jack White was partying it up at Glastonbury this weekend. During his set, White rocked out so hard that he threw away his guitar, knocked over the drummer and fell into the drum set himself. The star was playing on the pyramid stage at the Glastonbury music festival on Saturday as a solo artist.
If you have gotten tired of complicated app or writing in full sentences, boy do we have the app for you. Yo, the new messaging app, is the simplest app so far. All it does is allow you to send the word "Yo" to your friends. That's it.
Ron Weasley is famous for his shock of red hair but it seems the actor Rupert Grint who plays him has problems with his hair colour in real life. The 25-year-old opened up about the nicknames he had in school due to his fiery hair "They're all variations on 'Ginge', 'M***e' and 'Ginger Pubes'.
Obama 's eldest daughter Malia celebrates her sweet 16 today on the most patriotic day in the US. Malia Obama was born on the 4th of July 1998. She was just 12 when her father was elected as President. Malia has grown up in the public eye.
Ingenious YouTuber Peter Stephen has found a solution to one of Ireland's biggest struggles - peeling baby potatoes. The new spuds are so small its difficult to peel them without losing half your dinner in the process but now Peter has found a novel way of quickly peeling new potatoes.
The College View
Hi and you're very welcome to The College View's liveblog of the fourth public meeting of the Constitutional Convention. Finnian Curran, Eimear Phelan and Sarah Bermingham here to give you a blow-by-blow account of the nights proceedings. Live tweeted the event and helped Finian with the liveblog. Also took the picture.
Two of the major players in the Northern Ireland peace process, Seamus Mallon and David Trimble, have been conferred as Doctors of Philosophy at an honorary ceremony in the Helix. The pair were conferred yesterday, October 8 th, in recognition of the role they played in bringing about the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
The wordpress site we used for our newsday exercise on Tuesday the 4th of Feburary. I was editor that day and we focused on a lot of multimedia content. MY team was fantastic which mean they produced some fantastic written as well as visual and audio content,
The Peak - Dublin's Web Summit
The Summit 2013 Review by The Peak - Free download as PDF File (.pdf), Text file (.txt) or read online for free. 10,000 people in Dublin. Two incredible days. One amazing review. Find out what happened when Elon met Enda, when fashion invaded a tech summit and when a team of 15 student journalists and one jaded hack produced three full colour magazines in just two days.
The Developer-designer relationship by Alex Shirazi in 30 seconds The app industry is very different now than it used to be. The emphasis has changed. "It used to be that algorithms were the most important thing, now it's users and user interfaces." Start ups are both at an advantage and a disadvantage from a design perspective.
The Peak has searched and scoured every corner of the Web Summit and we have brought you the top five start-ups for design and fashion. Now I couldn't talk any more about design without mentioning the Web Summit's pop up shop.
Feeling a bit rough this morning? Headache? If you are feeling a "bit under the weather" this morning never fear. Our reporter ventured out this morning to find the best hangover cures at the summit. 1. Oxygen bar- get a nose-full of flavoured purified oxygen from Oxy Bubbles.
Nicola Mendelshon spoke about Facebook and the changes they have made to keep up with the emerging mobile market at her keynote speech during the first day of the Web Summit. With 1.5 billion smartphones in the world today, "more smartphones than there are people in china", this new market has meant Facebook has had to "pivot" their entire direction and focus more on the mobile market.
The Dublin People
Monday, February 3, 2014 12:00 Researchers take fashion world by storm APPY BUNCH: Mark Hughes, Bobby Pringle and Oisin Mac Fearai with An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny HAVE you ever seen somebody wearing a stunning dress, a fabulous handbag or an amazing pair of shoes but lacked the courage to ask outright where they got them?
Thursday, December 26, 2013 12:00 War games help forge peaceful relationship By Jamie Jay Car & Eimear Phelan Some of the participants who took part in the mock war at DCU. PHOTO BY EIMEAR PHELAN. DCU students and youngsters from Ballymun formed a very peaceful alliance after taking part in a friendly battle based on the D-Day landings of World War II.
Each half-hour show lets two teams loose on all the week's events, debating and/or ridiculing them as they see fit This week, You Couldn't Make It Up host Pat O'Mahony, was joined by comedians Colm O'Regan, Eric Lalor, Michelle Read and Joe Rooney.
The Irish Mirror
Top RTE broadcaster reveals the tricks of the trade to the next generation of media RTE broadcaster Bryan Dobson has outlined his key concepts on how to be a great interviewer. The 53-year-old was in Dublin City University to give a talk to the Media Production Society in the college.
On the QT.ie
Eimear Phelan - I Ran away from the circus to become a journalist. Have avoided detection so far, occasionally breathe fire and write for the paper. Myself an my family were driving cross country, Galway to Kildare and we had heard about Lough Boora Park.