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Home Builts and Conversions

The status of home built’s is changing all the time, Revenue have brought in much needed controls , some of the rubbish we get asked to approve are unbelievable. we have a name for them Scamvans. An immediate give away is lack of curtains.

The Club will insure standard roof vans that have been properly converted and certified by one of our appointed SQI engineers, The rules are you must be able to live in and from the interior, cook eat and sleep inside the vehicle. You cant open up the back door and cook outside, these are day cruiser vans. Sometimes call Dayvans., There are a number of good converters in Ireland that we approve, Cosy Classics , Happy Campers, Tom Turner. The vehicle must be fit for purpose (safe) we have a simple flyer “Whats a Motorcaravan”available free to anybody with the guidelines as to the requirement to turn “a sows ear into a silk purse“. We supply a number of good booklets How to  buy a campervan  ,”now that you have bought it what Next” The Tavern Trail.  

Ferry Travel

Always have a good look at your booking, if you do not have marine Insurance your camper is not covered while at sea and that means not tied up at a dock. Check with your Ferry provider.

The Salmon Leap Leixleip

Refurbished (August 2014) pub beside the bridge over the Liffey,  used to be  Great for early morning breakfast, gone down hill in November 2015 and prices increased so not very good value for full Irish. Still they have the  very unique Ashe Pudding and sausages  (a great experience )  Good place to stop over in a Motorcaravan visiting the city of Dublin as its just off the M4 Telephone 01-6295843 not yet on the Tavern Trail maybe shortly

Great eating house


Best Value eating house in the Dublin region has to be Seasons Restaurant in the Springfield Hotel (old Dublin Rd ) Leixleip . Fantastic food at very very good prices. typical  4 course meal for two including a bottle of very good wine €59. You just have to try the Sea Bass

we have to recommend the big breakfast at the Salmon Leap Inn (right at the bridge ) in Leixleip I never tasted Black and white pudding like it we found out it came from Annascaul in the county of Kerry (good traveller) brilliant we can  safely say it was one of the best full Irish we have experienced in Ireland .


Kilkieran Cottage Carrick-on-suir.  New Place added to the Tavern Trail today July 10th  Kilkieran Cottage near Carrick on Suir  South Tipperary, Comeragh Mountain area.  have a look at the website, could be a great spot for an overnight or even a weekend, to refresh your tired souls.  will welcome members  can be contacted on Email: Website: Contact Person: Ade Walsh looks very interesting and in a hidden and beautiful part of Ireland .


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How about this for good News .

Cavan county council unanimously passed a motor home motion allowing motor homes to park overnight for a duration of one night at all amenity car parks. The details are yet to be worked out but the spirit of the motion is to allow motor homes to use lake or other amenity car parks for one night stopovers. They may include dedicated motor home spaces in towns and villages also. They want to utilize existing infrastructure at as little cost as possible. The locations will appear on the “this is Cavan” website map. I would like to commend councilor Shane P O’Reilly for bringing my idea to the council. Gerry Doherty of Donaghys ,Cavan is now motor home friendly. Just another 31 counties to go. Please pass this message on to your local representatives as we can make change happen.


A great time was had by all who attended at St. Patricks night in Browne’s Bar,  crossroads, Killygordon Donegal


Motor home parking available free Any member who want to go and have a great craic weekend, at any time of the year , feel free to do so.



We have been asked to get definitive information on Marine Insurance and its implication relative to the severe damage to motorhomes recently during Storm Gertrude . We are awaiting  information and we hope to have something on this page shortly