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      01.04.2002 03:10
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      Friends , Romans Countrymen , lend me your FEET !!! and COME to Portrush !! i am 34 years of age , and when i look back , my fondest childhood memories are of summers spent in Portrush. Give a child a bucket and spade and lots of sand and they are happy. Amusements too are a kid`s delight , and are a-plenty here. An ice cream cafe famous all over Ireland (don`t know if i caan name it) and owned by an Italian family is a MUST. Yes there is plenty to keep your kids happy here . But what of us older "fogies" (hehe)..?? Well...the Giant`s Causeway...filled with mystery and folklore....is a MUST. Many times i have sat at the top of the cliffs (no, i wasn`t feeling suicidal hehe) and taken a deep breath of that fresh sea air and the beautiful scenery all around. In the cliffs , nature has carved out herself the shape of an church organ.....and when you go there , the place abounds with Germans , Americans , Japenese , Australians , wanting their photo taken in front of it and down at the other rocks by the sea which are also world famous. Along the coast a little further is the ruin of Dunluce Castle....centuries ago , the kitchen fell into the sea (rather unfortunate if you happened to be the chef hehehe) , and you can get a guided tour around the ruins. This is a must too. Also there is a quaint little shop at the car park. If you care to travel further up the coast you will discover Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge....not for the faint hearted !!! No ..really ..i am the world`s greatest coward and i crossed it and you get a certificate to say that you did !! Aren`t ya proud of me ?? (hehe)When you cross the bridge there is a little island wher you can relax and dream across the vast ocean and also look at the wildlfe (sea-bird variety !!)Just a few minutes from Portrush is the town of Portstewart and it has a 3 mile long drive-on beach. I could spend a fortnight there !! HONEST !! You gotta go !! If the sun is out , it is as good as any Spanish resort !! OK i a
      m biased !! Back to the centre of Portrush just specially for the WOMEN is a large shop called the WHITEHOUSE. It`s the first place any woman worth her salt heads for on an excursion to this sea-side resort and every man moans and groans as he sees her head like a headless chicken straight for it !! But take heart men....there sre some good men`s clothes there too and you can nip across the road and shoot `em up at the arcade when the wife isn`t watching. She won`t notice !! Really !! Not for the first 4 hours any way !! (hehehe) Fish and Chip shops abound here and if you feel like it you can go a- fishin` down by the rocks , or you can hire out a surf board and do your "Old Spice Advert" impressiom in front of all the ladies. (If that`s the sort of thing you like doing !! wink wink !!) As for me , give me a snooker cue at the arcade and i`m happy. Or down at the tennis courts or outdoor bowling green. (Always thought that was an old man`s game but now i am hooked !).There is a major golf course too and a pitch and putt for us rather more embarrassed golfers !!Guest houses and Bed and Breakfast places abound and are all recommendable. Oh and the smell first thing in the morning of an Ulster Fry cooking MMMMMMMm to die for (well, that wouldn`t help cuz you wouldn`t get to eat it but you know what i mean !!) Sausage , bacon , fried eggs , potato bread, soda bread , fried tomato , brown sauce ...can`t you taste it now ???? MMMMMMMMM !! Well , i could go on and on , but i iwll finish now. Only to say that i owuld have no problems spending two weeks on this beautiful haven of rest. thereis so much to see all around within such a short driving distance. So my advice is...JUST DO IT !! You have seen the rest , now come to the best !! Come on you English , Scottish and Welsh guys and gals !! You have no excuse !! Paradise is only a jump across the ocean. when you have been here , you will come back. By the way , on a clear day , along the c
      oast , you can see The Mull of Kintyre (Scotland ) across the way. Wonder if Paul McCartney has ever taken his WINGS and flwon across to Portrush ?? (hehe) Take Care all you readers , and Just DO IT

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        04.03.2002 01:20
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        Portrush is one of three towns neighbouring on the University of Ulster on the north Antrim coast. Being a student there I have lived in Portrush for some two years and having previously been a tourist there I feel I’ve gained both perspectives to offer an opinion on this quaint little town. You could say that for people in Northern Ireland a summer wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Portrush. The season starts at Easter where hoards of people descend from trains, buses and cars on Easter Monday. The town also plays host to the North West 200 International Motorcycle Races, which attract thousands from around the world. If you’re claustrophobic then its best to stay away from Portrush on busy days like Easter Monday and the North West 200. The streets are crowded with people and traffic comes to a virtual standstill as it would seem the population of Belfast and beyond descends on Portrush. The town itself is a tiny peninsular that culminates in Ramore Head – a world geological site and it is here that at certain times of the year you can see Whales swimming in the sea beneath. There are some dangerous cliffs so be careful! Much of the town itself is made up of Victorian buildings and many of the shops have run down facades and sell cheap souvenirs. If you are looking for something more substantial you may want to visit The White House – a traditional department store selling toys, men’s and ladies clothing, house wares and furniture. It’s been in existence for 125 years and is still going strong. Attractions in Portrush include Barry’s, which features the province’s only roller coaster. Coleraine Borough Council has invested some money in attractions such as Waterworld and the Dunluce Centre. Both provide family entertainment in the form of rides and in the case of Waterworld a large indoor wet play area and bowling alley. The Countryside Centre also offers an educational perspect
        ive on marine life with a mini-aquarium. There’s also an abundance of places for walking and cycling with the town having two award winning beaches. In the evening a good night’s entertainment can be found at Kelly’s on the Bushmills Road. A Mecca for young clubbers, the popular spot also plays host to some of the older tourists. In the winter Portrush is an entirely different place and resembles nothing short of a ghost town. Shops close up and the roaring wind that beats off the Atlantic Ocean would, as we say here, ‘cut you in two’. It does however play host to the local student population and this helps in altering the culture of the town during the winter months. Local pubs and clubs are also popular with students. In the winter the town can also be a major attraction for Northern Ireland’s surfing population and this is reflected in the three surf shops in the town centre. Eating out in Portrush is something that is enjoyed all year round. The most popular spots are the Harbour and Ramore Wine Bars. The food is contemporary and of excellent quality at reasonable prices. As you can imagine its always busy – but well worth the wait. On a summer’s evening there’s nothing better than sitting outside the Harbour with a drink and watching the sun go down over the horizon. Portrush also plays host to a wealth of chip shops, and also offers the likes of KFC and Chinese, Indian and Italian takeaways. Local hotels also offer decent food at average prices. For a family holiday Portrush isn’t the most idyllic place but a weekend break is excellent and you will certainly have enough time to explore all that it has to offer. If you are coming to live here be warned – the tourist season can be a headache as parking can be a major problem and suddenly there are tourists encamped on your front door. But if sea air, spectacular views and a quiet life for most of the year is what you
        217;re after then Portrush is almost certainly for you!

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          05.06.2001 07:10
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          Portrush may have been one of Northern Irelands premier resorts in the Victorian era but to day it lags behind with its bedsit land look Guest houses, rundown Pubs and a yob culture to rival anything Europe could produce. Very quite during the week, perhaps over quite, the weekend brings the yobs from far and near. The greenhouse weather that the rest of the world is experiencing does'nt seem to have arrived in Portrush, Wind,wind, cold, often rainy and this is June. Easter and the July fortnight are the highlight if you want to see all the above in its' Summer splender. The one good point about Portrush is that when it's Busy , the rest of the Country gets some peace with all the yobs being in Portrush.So invite a friend , yeah that friend you always wanted rid off LOL.... Samgem

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            26.05.2001 06:44
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            Portrush is one of Northern Irelands best loved seaside holiday resorts. Located on the north coast, just beside the Giants Causeway. Portrsuh looks out into the Altantic Ocean /North Sea direction. As with most seaside resort there a few things you know you will find in Portrush - namely amusements (a lots of them ) , sand beaches, nightclubs, lots of touirst shops and lots of families and children every where. The biggest and best amusement place is BARRY'S - located in the centre of the town - you will have no trouble filling in time no a wet day - rides include THE GHOST TRAIN, BUMPING CARS ( CHILDRENS AND ADULTS) THE BIG DIPPER ( although its not really much to scream about), LOTS OF MACHINES , SLOT MACHINES, SMALL CHILDRENS RIDES AND SOME MORE SPINNING RIDES. This is a really good amusement centre and will provide something for all the family. Portrush has some really nice beaches - with golden sand - lovely for a nice long walk on - also take a look at the WHITE ROCKS - they are something similar to the WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER really nice. There are two of NOrthern Irelands best nightclubs based here in Portrush - namely TRACKS AND THE AWARD WINNING LUSH. If your young and love clubbing then certainly give them a shout. TRAKS , Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. LUSH - Wednesday and Saturday nights ( some really big name DJ's play here watch the bill boards and flyers) As well as the nightclubs there are some super wee bars and pubs - I personally like the Harbour Inn - great atmosphere !! Portrush is holiday resort that has something to offer people of every age - its one of my favourite holiday destinations

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