Nicky Byrne’s Kerry: Hotels, bars, memories with Georgina, Mulcahy’s restaurant and dolphin watching

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You visited Kerry for a staycation during the summer, what were your highlights?

I love The Kingdom and have gone there pretty much every year on the August Bank Holiday weekend. Even pre-covid, we made visiting there a priority.

Georgina has been going there with her dad Bertie and sister Cecelia since they were babies. It seems to have its own little gulf stream which makes it hotter and sunnier than other parts of Ireland. It is a little pocket of calm and sunshine- it is so beautiful.

What are your go to activities there?

We rented a couple of boats and we saw dolphins and whales. It was different this year though, there was no socialising in the bar until all hours like we were used to.

It was lovely to holiday at home because we hadn’t travelled as a family in over two and a half years. There was loads of banter with the Kerry locals about the Dublin GAA, that always happens.

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Seeing as you go there so often, where is the best place to stay?

We stay in Parknasilla, that alone is on 300 or 400 acres and it has water and walks. Staying there means that you are not far from Kenmare so we would nip in there to sample some food.

Where is good for a drink or dinner?

Mulcahy’s restaurant does a beautiful pint of Guinness. If you follow my Instagram you will see that I donned the paddy cap and traditional Aran sweatshirt.

I really got into the swing of things. a man stopped with a trailer with a tractor on top, so I asked him if I could jump on it for a picture. It made me look like I was on the set of Far and Away or another traditional Irish movie.

Are there any hidden treasures?

Sneem is beautiful, it is a tiny little place. And I have to mention The Village Kitchen who always serve amazing food.