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September 12, 2018

Kilkenny Food Festival: bring gourmet gifts home with Irish Ferries

Savour Kilkenny food festival ( will be holding its 11th event over the long weekend between Thursday 25 and Monday 29 October 2018.

Kilkenny is a great destination at any time of year (good food, good beer, historic sights, independent shops, lively bars thanks to its student population) but this weekend is unmissable.

It’s an opportunity to up on the best Irish food and drink, from artisan cheeses to smoked meat and boutique whiskey brands. Take your own car to Ireland with Irish Ferries and there’s room for it all, with no baggage charges to worry about.

There are talks and demos from Irish chefs and foodies including Rory O’Connell, joint founder with his sister Darina Allen of Ballymaloo Cookery School; Patrick Hanlon and Russell Alford aka The Gastro Gays food and travel bloggers; athlete turned healthy living guru Dervla O’Rourke.

The Market on Saturday and Sunday features 100 stalls, including dozens of small food producers and their wares. There’s a marquee full of craft brewing and distilling operations. There are even walking and cycling trails.

Workshops covering everything from foraging to bee-keeping are also timetabled, and there are child-friendly events too.

Kilkenny is the home of Smithwick’s Brewery, which is a great visit in itself, and the city boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant, Campagne, plus other highly-recommended eateries.

Kilkenny town is about 90 minutes’ drive from either of Irish Ferries’ ports: Dublin (depart from Holyhead) and Rosslare (sail from Pembroke).

A four-night Irish Ferries self-drive break (so you can fill the boot with Irish food and drink to bring home) costs £398 per person based on two people travelling in the same car and sharing a double room at the Pembroke Hotel, a boutique four-star on Patrick Street. This is arriving Thursday 25 October for four nights and includes breakfast each morning.  08717 300 400

September 5, 2018

October Half Term from £473 for a family of five with Irish Ferries

A five-night break in Ireland is perfect for October half term, and a bargain from as little as £473 for return ferry crossings for a car, two adults and three kids under 16, AND holiday cottage rental!

The ferry journey is part of the fun: choose the Ulysses from Holyhead into Dublin, or Isle of Inishmore from Pembroke into Rosslare. Both Irish Ferries’ vessels offer family-friendly facilities including children’s play areas, video gaming, WiFi, cafes, restaurants and cabins. Ulysses even has a cinema!

Irish Ferries Holidays recommends Aughrim holiday homes in County Wicklow, less than 90 minutes’ drive from both Dublin and Rosslare ferry ports, so access is easy.

The three-storey holiday homes sit in landscaped grounds a short walk from Aughrim village itself, where there’s a shop and pub, plus a warm welcome at the bar and restaurant within the Lawless Hotel.  Each offers modern, open-plan living spaces and three ensuite bedrooms (double, twin, single) to sleep a family of up to five.

This is a great base from which to visit attractions such as Kia Ora Mini Farm and Wicklow Gaol. The beautiful beach at Brittas Bay is half an hour’s drive, and other lovely spots are Avoca and ancient Glendalough, once a monastic settlement beside a beautiful lake.

Irish Ferries Holidays’ package of £473 at Aughrim holiday homes is valid for any five nights between 12 October and 3 November.  08717 300 400

August 29, 2018

An Autumn Break in County Kildare from £299

Irish Ferries Holidays is offering a self-drive break at one of Ireland’s most welcoming country house hotels, with a four-night break at in County Kildare just £299 per person (twin share) throughout September and October 2018.

Killashee is now a 141-room four-star hotel set in 280 acres of parkland and woods, an hour’s drive from Irish Ferries’ Dublin terminal. The gothic-style mansion has impressive public rooms from the friendly Bistro bar to Turner’s Restaurant for fine dining. The spacious rooms are elegantly presented, divided between the original house and more modern wings.

The formal gardens and grounds are well worth exploring, with a choice of four walking trails marked on the estate map available from reception. A spa and gym complete the leisure facilities.

Between 2 September and 3 November, Irish Ferries Holidays can arrange a four-night stay (arrive any day) for just £299 per person when two people share a room and travel together. This includes not only bed and breakfast at the hotel each day, but also return cruise ferry crossings for the couple and car.

Killashee is a superb base from which to discover County Kildare’s sporting attractions, especially horse racing at The Curragh, Punchestown and Naas and golf at Craddockstown Golf Club.

The renowned Kildare Village outlet shopping is nearby, as are several beautiful gardens and country houses to visit, such as Powerscourt. The glorious autumn scenery around Blessington Lakes and the Wicklow Mountains National Park are within easy reach on this self-drive short break.   08717 300 400

August 29, 2018

Save 20% on all September Sailings to Ireland

Squeeze every last drop out of Summer with Irish Ferries!

On sale from 6pm this Friday 24 August 2018, Irish Ferries has a juicy deal for travel to Ireland to help travellers squeeze every last drop out of this amazing summer.

Irish Ferries is discounting fares to Ireland by a massive 20% for travel between 4 September and 7 October (inclusive) – but hurry, bookings must be made by midnight on Tuesday 4 September!

The deal is on ALL sailings between the UK and Ireland, including the Dublin Swift catamaran which is the largest fast-ferry on the Irish Sea.

It’s the perfect excuse to head to Ireland to tour the Wild Atlantic Way, relax on a spectacular south-coast beach, or take a long weekend discovering good food, drink and music in a lively city like Waterford, Kilkenny, Wicklow, Wexford or – of course – Dublin.

One-way September fares for a car and driver start from £79.

Fares for additional adults and children, and for on-board accommodation including the Club Class lounge, are included in the offer.

Terms and conditions apply. 08717 300 400


July 11, 2018

Breakaway to Ireland’s Ancient East with Irish Ferries

Ireland’s beautiful south-east is a comfortable four-hour cruise from Pembroke on Irish Ferries’ Isle of Inishmore, with the port of Rosslare offering easy access to Counties Wexford, Waterford and Wicklow this summer.

For a short break packed with interest, visit Waterford City (see, which was founded by the Vikings in 914AD. Stroll through the ‘Viking Triangle’ and visit Reginald’s Tower to see original artefacts, view the excellent Medieval Museum and Georgian treasures at the Bishop’s Palace.

The 29-room Athenaeum House Hotel is a great Waterford base, quietly set in gardens running down to the River Suir, with city views. A three-night midweek break this summer costs from £722 per couple when sharing a double room, including a full Irish breakfast each morning, complimentary parking and return ferry travel.

Alternatively, there are family-friendly holiday cottages in seaside resorts like Dunmore East, where a week’s holiday for mum, dad and up to three children under 16 can be enjoyed for a great-value £899 for the weeks starting 18 or 25 August or £985 for the weeks starting 21 or 28 July, 4, 11 and 18 August.

Seacliff holiday cottages are set on the cliff top beside Dunmore East’s golf club and 650 metres from the sandy cove of Counsellors Strand. Each modern holiday home offers open-plan living, an ensuite double, a twin and a single room to sleep five, and there’s an onsite playground.

Seacliff is 90 minutes’ drive from Irish Ferries’ port at Rosslare, using the charming ferry to the River Suir. There are beaches, boat trips and great sightseeing, with Hook Lighthouse across the bay and historic Waterford half an hour’s drive.  08717 300 400




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