The thatched-cottage restaurant Pangur Ban (41243; www.pangurban.com; Letterfrack) makes a cosy setting for cookery courses. Two-day weekend courses start at €160 (you’ll need to arrange your own accommodation), and cover a specific theme. ‘Breads and cakes’, for example, teaches you how to make yeast bread, traditional brown soda bread, zucchini-and-walnut bread, cranberry-and-nut bread, flourless almond tarts and coffee cake. Courses are limited to four to six people; Pangur Ban’s website lists programme dates.
Teach English abroad with an i-to-i TEFL Course
If you’ve ever thought about living and working abroad, then why not teach English as a foreign language (TEFL)? It could be the key to funding your travels and experiencing new cultures in a totally new way. You don’t need teaching experience or even the ability to speak the local language – although you might learn it while you’re out there.