Clarion Hotel Dublin Liffey Valley
Liffey Valley Complex
Phone: (353) 1 6258000
Fax: (353) 1 6258010
You'll find this golf club approximately 3km from Phoenix Park, Dublin - between Castleknock and Clonsilla on the Porterstown Road. Facilities include a large practice ground and green, caddie, cart and club hire, bar, and restaurant. Eighteen holes over 6984 yards, par 73.
For a fun day out for both children and adults, this 385-meter (1265-foot) indoor race circuit is as close to the real thing as you could hope for. Full racing gear, briefings and instructions are all supplied. It is advisable to ring in advance, as karting is becoming very popular in Ireland for parties and corporate days out. If you like a whiff of excitement, this activity should certainly get your adrenalin going.
Grange Castle Par 72 Championship Golf Course measures almost 6,800 yards from the Blue Tees. The greens on the course are developed to United States Golfing Association specifications, receiving high praise from all since the course opened. Seven lakes and a number of streams feature throughout the golf course. In June 2006, seven new holes opened, forming part of a new back nine layout. Grange Castle is a pay as you play golf course maintained to the very highest standards throughout the year. A time sheet is in operation seven days a week; call to book ahead, as the course is very popular.
Located 15 minutes from the city centre (at the junction of the M50 and Navan Road), the Elmgreen Golf Centre offers an 18 hole parkland course, a 24-bay driving range and a pitch and putt course. Changing rooms and a coffee shop are also at your disposal. If you feel like getting your game up to scratch, you can also avail of extensive tuition programmes game from PGA qualified professionals Joe Murray, Arnold O'Connor and Paul Mc Gahon.
Who wants to play tennis when you could be hurtling down a river rapid on a raft or plunging towards earth having just leaped from a plane at ten thousand feet? Well, if that is what turns you on, the Association For Adventure Sports is the organization to talk to. They can tell you all you need to know about adventure sports in Ireland. All inquiries are always welcome, just don't drop in through the roof!
More than 235 species of wild animals and exotic birds inhabit Dublin Zoo, a vast expanse within Phoenix Park. Created in 1830 and recently restored and extended, this zoo is the third-oldest in the world, with London and Paris as "big siblings". The thirty acres provide lots of treats for the family, including a pet's corner and new attractions such as City Farm, Monkey Island and Fringes of the Arctic. The train ride around the zoo is also fun and a welcome rest for weary legs! Refreshments are available in the restaurant and coffee shop, while a variety of cuddly toys can be found in the gift shop.
To find this delightful golf club of outstanding natural beauty, come off the main N3 Dublin-Cavan road at Mulhuddart or off the main N2 Dublin-Ashbourne road at The Ward. Designed by Irish golf architect Eddie Hacket, the course is 5760-6218 meters (6300-6800 yards) over 27 holes, offering three 18-hole options with a par of 71 each. Bar, restaurant and meeting space.
Located in the suburban town of Saggart, this international championship course was designed by Christy O'Connor Junior and is recognised as one of Ireland's finest golf links. The venue played host to the Iveco Irish Masters Championships in 1994 and the Guardian Royal Open in 1996. On-site tutoring is available from the MacGregor Academy on the club's floodlit driving range.
Opposite a site of archaeological excavations, you'll find the fun and excitement of Dublin's Viking Adventure. The Adventure offers you a taste of Viking-age Dyflin and it all starts with a thrilling virtual boat-ride. The cinematic water effect is somewhat rough but the storm soon ends with a welcome by actors in costume. The tour shows visitors pole-and-wattle houses, fences and a view of the Wood Quay site. You can have a Viking feast in the great hall once you've watched the film about Viking voyages. Book early for the feast to avoid disappointment. It costs £31.50 a head and £20 for kids, not including drinks. Feasts are on every night except Tuesday and Wednesday.
This enterprise offers an unusual but stimulating way to spend an afternoon that will appeal to both children and adults alike. Hey! Doodle Doodle is essentially a supervised arts workshop, where visitors can create, design and paint their own ceramics. Customers only pay for their chosen ceramic piece and the time it takes to paint it. All other materials are provided for free. Once completed, customers can collect their finished pieces two to three days later.
At Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club, you can witness several local and national level tennis tournaments. This club boasts of well-maintained lawn tennis courts where the sport lovers try their skills at the game. For those who do not enjoy playing, can have a great time watching enthusiasts battling a game. So come along to catch up this royal sport.
While the manicured finery of St. Stephen’s Green and lush space of Merrion Square buzz with summer tourists, it’s the smaller, lesser-known urban parks that can really capture the calm elegance of Dublin’s boom-time affluence. Belgrave square is just such a peaceful example: surrounded by grand Victorian architecture, the wrought-iron railings enclose an oasis of soft grass and tree-shaded spots. On sunny days the place hums with a calming soundtrack of relaxed chatter, birdsong, and children’s laughter (a play area makes up the southern end of the square), and the urge to have an afternoon nap may prove irresistible. – Gareth Thornton