It wasn't a great weekend in sport for me last weekend as both my home county Galway and my adopted county Kildare lost their matches at the weekend. Mayo beat Galway by a margin of 6 points but it was a narrower victory for Dublin as they beat Kildare by just one point. Thankfully though there is still another chance for both teams and you never know they might still make it through to the All-Ireland in September!
The start of the school holidays is always a busy time for any hotel and we've been no exception this week! All the hotels have been preparing for the holiday season and organising their kids clubs to cater for all the families with young children. As with last year there are a lot more families choosing a ‘staycation' over a holiday abroad, which is great for the Irish hospitality industry. Plus with the new short-stay Visa waiver programme we should also see more international visitors to the country over the coming months.
We're back on the Rose of Tralee this week as we've had a photoshoot in the Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown today. VIP magazine have been doing a shoot in the hotel today featuring all the 2011 Irish Roses, each one hoping to be crowned the next Rose of Tralee. I had to make sure to stay away from the hotel myself though as I'm on the judging panel for the final so I can't meet the Roses yet. From what I hear though the shoot is going well and the hotel are looking after the girls really well!
The Special Olympics have been on all week and the Irish team are doing really well over in Athens. The games go on until the 4th of July so here's hoping they'll get a few more medals between now and then! There are plenty of GAA matches on this weekend to keep me busy, enjoy whatever you get up to!