LOUISE CANTILLON

Louise loves - Ibiza for one weekend, Riverfest for another!

Louise loves -  Ibiza for one weekend, Riverfest for another!

Louise soaking up the sun in Ibiza, which is so easily accessible now from Shannon Airport

Famously known as a town where the party never ends, and home to some of the best DJs in the world during summer season, Ibiza has so much to offer.

There is, of course, far more than than to the Balearic Island! Jaw-dropping scenery, hidden beach coves, quaint villages, incredible sandy beaches and unforgettable sunsets were just some of the highlights for me!

Living in Limerick, I often forget the luxury of having Shannon airport on my doorstep, nothing screams “convenient” like knowing that a trip from your home to Ibiza will take a little longer than a drive to Dublin would!

Ryanair are offering direct flights from Shannon to Ibiza and I couldn’t recommend taking advantage of the service enough! If booked in time the fares equal the cost of a long weekend in Ireland; what’s not to love about that?

Here’s how my short trip went; my flight from Shannon arrived on Wednesday evening giving me just enough time to check into my hotel, enjoy some evening tapas and get set for four days of island bliss!

Day 1 – Buena Vista!

If you’re planning on making the most of the islands scenery, rent a car or scooter and take to the roads. Generally very straightforward to navigate, the island boasts stunning vistas on every corner with panoramic views of the Mediterranean. Some must-sees are: Es Verdá, Cala St Vincent, Cala Saladeta, Sa Talaia and Torre des Savinar.

Day 2 - Chill out on the beach and catch an evening Sunset

After a busy day of sightseeing, change it up and soak up the Ibiza sunshine by the poolside or on the beach! Temperatures soar in the summer months so a dip in the sea is welcomed! The sunsets in Ibiza are magical! I recommend booking a sea front spot in a nice restaurant or beachfront bar for sunset and watch the sky transform! I loved Amanté restaurant in Cala sol, and Ashram in Cala Conta!

Day 3 - Day trip to Formentera

Undoubtedly the highlight for me, an unmissable experience! For €40 return take a return ferry from Ibiza town to the paradise Island of Formentera! The crystal clear water and white sandy beaches are like nothing I’ve ever experienced. It’s hard to believe that you are in Europe with the Caribbean feel of the island! Only 20km long and 2km wide the island is easy to explore in a day. I would suggest hiring a car or quad bike and mapping out a route! An island that has to be seen to be believed. It is exquisite!

Day 4 - Enjoy Ibiza old town

Before catching your evening flight to Shannon ramble through the streets of Ibiza Old Town. Take in the beauty of the historic buildings in Dalt Vila and when you’ve had your fill of culture head to the shops in Vara de Ray for some retail therapy before taking to the skies!

FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN TO MASSEY FERGUSONS!

Last Sunday, April 28, hundreds of tractors set off from Clonshire Equestrian Centre in Adare for a Shountrade National School fundraising event!

In the wake of Storm Hannah, the skies cleared and the sun came out for the participants. A convoy of tractors, trucks and vintage cars paraded!

Along the route Shountrade school principal Mrs. Elaine Lyons said, “The build up of excitement for the event was phenomenal, and on the day the goodwill and good spirits of the participants, parents, neighbours, marshals and local musicians who entertained the spectators was superb!”

The money raised on the day will allow the school to develop its sports field.

ROGHA NA SEACHTAINE

TO DO - EMBRACE THE RIVER

This weekend highlights the phenomenal asset the river Shannon is to Limerick. Check out the range of water sports available in the city centre and try your hand at a new activity on the river! I recommend an evening Kayak with Get West.

TO LISTEN - MIDNIGHT TRAIN

SAOIRSE, a 23-year-old singer/ songwriter from Kilgarvan, Co Kerry has just released her debut single Midnight Train. Proceeds from the track will be donated to mental health charities across Ireland. The powerful ballad was written and produced by Ronnie Jones a well-known film sound mixer and record producer, who spent part of his career working with Sir Paul McCartney, Kate Bush and Tears for Fears.

TO SEE RIVERFEST

An absolute must this bank holiday weekend! Get downtown and immerse yourself in the buzz that will be Riverfest!
Kicking off Thursday evening, there is SO much happening for all ages and interests! I CANNOT wait!