My Slice of Heaven

Just back from 4 days in my favourite place in Ireland.

We discovered the Clonea Strand and Leisure Centre/Gold Coast Hotel about 7 years ago! The decor in the hotels are quite dated but the staff are very welcoming and look after us really well as we go there 2/3 times a year. They never charge us for our little boy and the food is delicious.

We have a beach outside our door, a swimming pool in our hotel (+ the "bubble pool" in the Gold Coast), the Play Loft and a small bowling Alley! hubby also joined the Gold Coast Golf Club....MUCH cheaper then the exorbitant Dublin and Wicklow prices! So there's lots to keep us amused without going anywhere else.

We got into the habit, over the years, of just keeping to the hotels and not touring around. This was mainly due to was one thing to go "visiting" anywhere but quite another to fit any other visits in. Even now he hates if I go some place on our travels that I haven't told him about. Even if it's just 1 or 2 extra shops while out shopping. Also, when he was younger he really was very limited in what he ate. A lot better now and we even visit the Chinese restaurant while we're in Dungarvan!

There are some horror stories from our trips to the times we had to leave the restaurant. They brought our dinner to our room instead! And the awful bowling escapades! Now , he loves bowling but he HATES to lose. Constantly watches out for the pictures on screen when you get a strike or a spare. There were times when I had to pick him up and drag him away he was so upset. Once he wriggled out of my grasp and ran screaming through the hotel. And still they welcome us back!

This year was great though. He found the bowling hard but was able to contain himself so we all enjoyed. I've done social stories with him to help in this area. Because he's in mainstream, and getting invited to birthday parties, I want him to be able to go to bowling parties and cope with it. It seems to be working!

I have found over the years that perseverance pays off. The very 1st holiday we took to Spain when he was 3 was an absolute disaster. I don't know how we ever went anywhere ever again! But we did and bit by bit he's got used to it. We tend to stick to the same places though. But, guess what this year he asked to go somewhere different!! that was for Spain NOT Dungarvan...he loves Dungarvan!

Ahhh......sigh....... roll on Christmas when (please God) we'll be down again! Now, that's one of my favourite times to go there. Christmas is SOOO stressful. Nothing to do with snuggles...he's great. It's family and who's having dinner where etc, etc. My mam in nursing home nearby so we end up taking her each year, so hubby doesn't get to see his family Christmas Day. I really hate it. But, the last few years we've gone to Clonea from 27th - 29th Dec. It is absolute bliss!!! I can cope with it all once I get those few days!!

No pics as I can't find USB connection! Everything packed away in boxes due to flood. Downstairs gutted. We have a DeHumidifier and 2 powerful fans downstairs. 'Tis like living in a wind tunnel!!


  1. Welcome back jazz
    Pity it's a mess you have to return to but nothing a bit of retail therapy can't fix I hope. As you probably read we met a family in the house next door with an autistic boy and it was great to natter and compare notes. Beginning to believe in fate after finding you before we went and meeting them down there. They have been going to Clonea for last 4 years, so it's doing something here's to Dungarvan. Hang on to your slice of heaven cos those kinda slices are precious..if it ain't broken don't fix it..
    Assume Snuggles back to school tomorrow so good luck with that, Babs is starting and his little bro starting playschool, so few quiet mornings in store.
    Take care

  2. Hi there Sesame. yeah, sure sounds like it worked out perfect for you guys too. really good that you met that family too. Kismet indeed!
    Welcome to our little slice of heaven....hope it becomes yours too!
    There are a number of repeat visitors to this hotel. At Easter we met a family with twin boys also aged 8. They've been going there as long as us but this was the 1st time we met! Snuggles had a ball!
    Yep... school tomorrow. Haven't had time to prepare him yet so hope it's ok.
    Best of luck with your 2 starting. Enjoy your bit of peace!


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