working on a travel assignment dictates
that I sleep in different accommodation
every few days. As a result, I've learned
to quickly spot "the good ones"-- the places
that are much more than a bed, a bath and
a place to park my suitcase on wheels.
Dublin, recently, I enjoyed two outstanding
accommodation treats--one an upscale bed
and breakfast, the other an historic university
residence. Both in their own way are treasures--
especially for the woman traveling solo.
Bed and Breakfast
and Pauric McMenamin are a hip urban
couple who, this year, bought and
remodeled a graceful Georgian house
in Donnybrook, one of Dublin's most
exclusive areas. McMenamins Guest
House represents a career change
for both and also the first time
this couple is working together.
What a team they make!
choice of decor is so pleasing--
a mix of warm colors and family
heirlooms. Pauric's sense of humor
keeps you laughing as he serves
Marie's breakfast specialties. Conversation
with both is far ranging. They've
got something to say about anything
from Irish politics to alternative
medicine to love and modern marriages.
Guests linger over breakfast because
both the food and the atmosphere
are so outstanding.
likable couple offers their guests
accommodation-plus! Every spotlessly
clean bedroom has an en-suite bathroom
with shower, television, telephone
and tea making facilities (complete
with small packets of biscuits for
late night snacking). There's bottled
water on top of every night table
and a hairdryer in one of the drawers
below. Fresh fruit is available
in a bowl in the hallway.
are a happening at the McMenamins.
Take your choice from a full hearty
Irish breakfast or an American-style
brunch. There's cereal, fruit, yogurt
and, or, scrambled eggs with smoked
salmon. There's home-baked bread
and muffins fresh from the oven.
You might even want to try the McMenamin
specialties -- "Dublin Coddle" --a
traditional stew found only in Dublin,
and "Barm Brack"-- a scrumptious
Irish tea loaf . Or, if you're on
a strictly low fat diet, Marie will
whip up a mini-cal strawberry smoothie
to help you start your day.
no question in my mind. This little
gem (an easy, short bus ride from
central Dublin) is truly bed and
45 Irish Punts single, 35 Irish
Punts per person, double.
further info, write to:
74 Marlborough Road,
Donnybrook, Dublin 4,
note: Since this article was written
the McMenamins have retired. Too
bad. Their B&B was great.
no TV and no phone in the room,
no home baking and no pampering
at Dublin's Trinity College. Still,
it sits high on my list of "super
summer sleeps." Simply being there
surrounded by historic buildings
and cobbled quads is exciting. And,
eating breakfast at long mahogany
tables in a grand old dining hall
is what travel memories are made
of-- especially when your meal-mates
are international visitors with
intriguing stories to share.
any images you might have of "noisy
student digs". Accommodation is
quiet, comfortable and very clean.
Buildings that house guests are
scattered 'round the campus. While
they're not standard, if you'd like
a room with en suite bathroom, it's
readily available. And, daily maid
service is provided so you really
feel you're on holiday.
location is absolutely wonderful!
Trinity College is situated in the
heart of Dublin, close to some of
its best shops, restaurants and
city landmarks. Just step out the
front gates and you're immediately
in the thick of all the excitement
this city has to offer.
rates, contact information and more
Tel: (353) -1-608-1177,
BARM BRACK RECIPE
asked Marie McMenamin to share her
recipe for "barm brack", the wonderful
baked loaf she served with tea at
her Dublin bed and breakfast. Marie
Dear Journeywomen wherever you
Steep (overnight) one lb. raisins
and 1/2 lb. brown sugar in hot
tea (use just enough tea to cover
the raisins and sugar). I use
vanilla tea but you can use your
favorite. Don't be afraid to be
The next morning, add 1 egg
and one lb. of flour (wholemeal
or otherwise) to your tea mixture.
Pop into the oven for about
two hours (medium hot -- about
350 degrees) and test with a skewer
to make sure it's baked right
Your "barm brack" is to be eaten
with your feet up, mug of tea
in hand, reminiscing about your
adventures in Ireland.
If you're feeling lazy and don't
want to make this for yourself,
then come over and stay with us
in Dublin. We'll bake some women-friendly
"barm brack" especially for you!
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