Peter King from Sports Illustrated has some comments on Ireland including a 5 room B&B on a farm that sounds very tranquil:

One lodging recommendation: a B&B on a working farm in the middle of the country, Coolanowle House, in Ballickmoyler, north of Kilkenny about 25 minutes. You stand in the middle of 250 acres and hear either dead-silent nothing or cows or sheep talking to each other. That’s it. The husband, Jimmy, farms. The wife, Bernadine, runs the five-bedroom B&B. She makes something called pinhead oatmeal in the morning, and all I can say is it’s the closest breakfast food to vanilla ice cream that I’ve ever had. If you go to Ireland, and you want a placid couple of days walking amid the sheep (not really true; the sheep run away when you get close), you’ve got to try it. They’re reachable at….

Until we got to Dublin for the last two days of the trip, the coffee in Ireland was positively abysmal, the only daily disappointment of the trip. So weak, like coffee-flavored water. But Dublin had a couple of nice coffee bars (“Rio” was our favorite) with legit dark roast. If that’s the biggest complaint you’ve got about a country, I’d say it’s a pretty darned good country, folks.

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  1. Mike says:

    Oh not so fast James, the Guinness more than makes up for the coffee! Where are your prioritys man?

  2. Rosemary says:

    I can’t seem to access the web site noted in the article. Do you have a mailing address for the B&B? Thanks

  3. James Trotta says:

    These are Peter King’s (from Sports Illustrated) opinions so I can’t explain the Guinness/coffee thing. As for the web site and phone number, all I have is the email – – I hope that’s enough Rosemary. Good luck!

  4. Hi, Bernadine Mulhall here, I would like to thank Peter King for his Kind words. Our web site is , thanks Bernadine Mulhall

  5. deborah logsdon says:

    i would say, being in the middle of 250 acres is the best idea i have heard in a long while. and as far as the coffee goes, i will take my ow.

  6. ed morris says:

    I see a posting from a Deborah Logsdon. I am trying to locate a Deborah Logsdon who lived in the Upland California area in the early 1990’s.

    If this is you, can you please contact me via e mail


    Ed Morris

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