Before I left to return home to the Netherlands at the end of my internship I had a great opportunity to see what Carlow town and the surrounding area has to offer to locals and tourists alike. On the 26th of April, the Woodford Dolmen staff went on a staff trip, the purpose of this trip was to experience a range of local activities as our guests would, so we can advise our guests on great things to do while they stay with us. The day started in the hotel itself with a lovely breakf...


Later this month the hotel will host the selection of the Carlow Rose who will go on to represent Carlow at the 2017 Rose of Tralee Festival. For those international readers of this blog who may not know the Rose of Tralee is an annual competition where rose centres around Ireland and indeed the world select representatives to take part in the Tralee finals each August. First taking place in 1959 originally only women from Tralee could enter, then it was opened up to women from Kerry, then Ir...


With the time change at the end of the month and the great stretch in the evenings, I find myself planning where to go to enjoy this lovely county of ours so this blog is dedicated to looking to South Carlow and all it has to offer. Here the river Barrow reaches the point at which it becomes tidal at St Mullins and is flanked by the Blackstar’s Mountains, the highest of which is Mount Leinster. This area is the ideal place to get close to nature. The principal town in South Carlow i...


Please let me introduce myself before you read the blog. My name is Fabian and I am a Dutch intern at the Woodford Dolmen Hotel and my colleagues asked me to write a blog about my impressions of Carlow, giving an outsiders view of Carlow. On the first of February I arrived in the town of Carlow. When I arrived in the night I didn’t see much of it and from what I had seen it didn’t seem very impressive. But after dropping my bags and freshening up, I decided to explore the nightlife of ...


Recently while taking a stroll down College Street in Carlow town I was awestruck by the towering beauty that is the Cathedral of the Assumption. Now I have passed this Cathedral countless times in my life but there was something about the lighting of this gothic structure set against the dark winter night sky that stood out to me this time. If this building was sat in Berlin, Vienna, Prague or any other European city I have no doubt it would be shown off and be pride of place among locals ho...