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From The Irish Independent Life Magazine

 

Weekender

Faith Hogan’s Sligo


My love affair with Sligo started in the early 1990s, when I was transferred there with Penneys. Later, I worked for the Collooney ’98 celebrations. No matter what else was going on in my life, Sligo has always been a place I’ve been happy. My hubby James is a fan too.

The perfect place to stay is Coopershill House, a great old Georgian house in Riverstown with 500 acres of park and woodland. All-weather tennis courts offer a great way to work the week out when you arrive, before heading to one of the upper rooms with views for miles. A window seat and a good book and it’s as if you’ve stepped into a Jane Austen novel.

On a Friday night, it’s hard to beat Hargadon Bros for bar bites and a glass of Guinness.

Saturday is golf for himself. There’s a good choice of courses and I like to amble about the town while he’s playing. Alternatively, you can head up the Enniscrone Road and drop in to Iceford Stables for an hour, where Lizzy will sort you out with a horse and get you moving no matter how horsey you are!

Dinner at Coopershill House is something of an occasion, so it’s best saved for Saturday night. After drinks and dinner, we might have a short walk about the grounds before bedtime.

Sunday is all about packing in that last scrap of pampering. Off to Strandhill for seaweed baths — there’s no better way to round off a perfect weekend.

Faith Hogan’s second novel, ‘Secrets We Keep’, published by Head of Zeus, is in good bookshops now