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February 11, 2019

2 weeks for the price of 1 on holiday cottages with Irish Ferries

Irish Ferries’ fabulous ‘Second Week Free’ offer at eleven holiday cottage complexes across Ireland is ideal for young families, couples and groups of friends visiting Ireland in shoulder and low seasons.

From County Wexford in the sunny south-east, to the Wild Atlantic Way in the west, selected holiday cottages offer two weeks for the price of one, with savings of up to £812 as part of an ABTA-bonded self-drive package that includes Irish Ferries sailings.

The majority of the holiday cottages offer a second week free for stays completed between 25 April and 12 June, between 29 August and 25 September and between 3 November and 11 December 2019. One or two exceptions apply.

The biggest savings are on two-week stays in colourful Waterville on the Kerry coast, and at Glenbeg Point on the east coast.


For example, arrive on 29 August for two weeks and the cost for two adults is £1014 (saving £812) for a package that not only includes cottage rental but also return ferry crossings for the couple and a car from either Holyhead into Dublin, or from Pembroke into Rosslare.

Up to three children under 16 are completely free, offering fabulous value for a family with pre-school children. Additional adults (eg grandparents, or friends) travelling in the same car pay just £28 each during the promotional periods.

All holiday homes in the promotion offer at least three bedrooms, typically sleeping five or six people, and are fully-equipped for self-catering, including central heating. As well as Kerry and Wexford, other beautiful locations include coastal resorts in Wicklow, Clare and Donegal.

Any holiday at Irish Ferries’ featured cottages may be secured for a low-deposit of £100 per booking (not per person).

Irish Ferries, 08717 300 400,

Pictures available from Jane Williams at Beacon PR:  01572 748 800


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

June 22, 2016

Irish Ferries Holidays: Save 10% on Cottage Holidays

Book a self-drive holiday to Ireland by 18 July and families can save up to £133 on a package that includes ferry travel and accommodation, with a new offer from Irish Ferries Holidays.

There’s a choice of modern holiday cottages at 20 different locations around Ireland, from the scenic beauty of the west coast to the sunny south-east corner – all accessible via Irish Ferries’ routes into Rosslare (from Pembroke in south Wales) and Dublin (from Holyhead on Anglesey.)

The maximum saving is on a week’s holiday for four in a beautiful lodge on Fota Island in Cork Harbour.  This now costs £1198 for two adults and two children, arriving any Saturday between 9 July and 20 August and saving £133 on the original price.

Enjoy not only a four-star holiday home but 780 acres of this self-contained resort’s facilities (at extra cost) including three golf courses, a hotel and spa: do take advantage of Irish Ferries’ VIP Spa pass for two people, worth €50. Fota ‘island’ is connected to Cork City by road (15kms) with neighbouring Cobh a few minutes’ drive south.

Alternatively, a family of five could pay just £706 in total for a week in a Moore Bay holiday cottage just a mile from Kilkee’s magnificent Blue Flag beach in County Clare. This represents a saving of £78 with Irish Ferries’ Holidays’ 10% off deal and also includes ferry travel for the family and car.

This small holiday village offers a tennis court, football pitch, crazy golf and toddlers’ play area on site. The three-bedroom houses sleep up to two adults and three children. £706 is the new total price for a week starting any Saturday between 9 July and 20 August.

This Irish Ferries’ Holidays offer is for telephone bookings only, made by 18 July on 08717 300 400.


About Irish Ferries

  • 4 ships sailing between Ireland and the UK
  • The catamaran Dublin Swift is the only high-speed ferry on the Irish Sea with a crossing time as short as 1hr 49mins from Holyhead to Dublin.
  • The largest ship on the Irish Sea is cruise-ferry Ulysses at almost 50,000 tonnes and 12 decks high with superb on-bard facilities: crossing time 3hrs 15mins from Holyhead to Dublin.
  • Holyhead/Dublin route served by Dublin Swift, Ulysses and ferry Epsilon. Drive times to Holyhead from Liverpool or Manchester 2hrs; from Birmingham 3hrs.
  • Pembroke/Rosslare route (crossing time 4hrs) usually served by cruise-ferry Isle of Inishmore. Drive time to Pembroke from Cardiff 2hrs; from Bristol 2hrs 30mins.
  • Club Class (priority boarding, reserved seating, free refreshments etc) available on most ships.
  • Ship-wide free WiFi.

Press contact Jane Williams at Beacon PR:  01572 748 800

March 24, 2016

Two Weeks for the Price of One from Irish Ferries Holidays

Term-time holidays for toddlers and their families, and shoulder-season stays for empty-nesters are amazing value with Irish Ferries Holidays.

The ferry company’s special packages combining return travel for a car and passengers with two-weeks-for-the-price-of-one at selected cottages means that a two-week holiday in May costs as little as £623.

That is for two adults, with up to three young children completely free. Alternatively, additional adults pay just £28 each for the ferry.

£623 is for two weeks at Old Deanery Holiday Cottages in County Mayo completed before 20 May.  You can fill the car with everything you might want, from food and toys to surf-boards and bikes at no extra charge. You can even take the dog for free –  if it has a pet passport.

Old Deanery Cottages are in the pretty fishing village of Killala on the north coast. They’re traditionally styled, with an open fire for burning turf (free supply throughout the holiday) but with all mod cons such as central heating and free WiFi. There are three bedrooms to sleep between two and six people.

County Mayo offers plenty to do and see in two weeks. When it comes to beautiful sandy beaches, you’re spoilt for choice: some are famous for surfing, while horse-riding along the beach is another local option. Hitch a ride with a fisherman to catch your tea, or walk the shore with a local guide to forage for mussels and sea vegetables. There are five golf courses within an hour’s drive, and Kilcullen’s Seaweed Baths in Enniscrone is a traditional spa cure you won’t forget.

Child-friendly activities include Killala’s kids’ playground; around the bay, Ballina has an indoor pool, Tumble Jungle and a cinema, while nearby Enniscrone has a water park.

For sightseeing, there are coastal drives along the Wild Atlantic Way, or head inland to discover the Neolithic Ceide Fields and the medieval abbeys of Moyne, Rosserk and Rathfran. Explore the craft of weaving at Foxford Woollen Mills, and visit the Irish Museum of Country Life at Castlebar.

08717 300 400,


September 23, 2015

Half Term: Kids Travel & Stay Free in Ireland by Irish Ferries

Irish Ferries Holidays has two great offers for October half term, with free places for children when travelling with their parents by car and staying in selected cottages and hotels.

At Holiday Cottages

Irish Ferries features family-friendly holiday cottages in 29 beautiful locations around Ireland, from County Wexford in the sunny south-east, around the south coast and along the Wild Atlantic Way in the west of Ireland. Children under 16 travel and stay free at all of them this half term, for example:

How about a week in a three-bedroom holiday cottage at Glenbeg Point in County Wexford, within a stone’s through of Ardmine Beach and two kilometres from the seaside resort of Courtown?

The modern cottages, modelled on a traditional Irish ‘croft’ are set in a pleasant spot with a kids’ play area and tennis courts on-site. Each has an open-plan living/dining/kitchen area, with French doors opening onto a patio. There’s a double for parents, a twin and a single.

Booked as a package with Irish Ferries Holidays, to include ferry crossings between Pembroke in Wales and Rosslare for a car, two adults and up to three children under 16 is just £421 for 7 nights arriving Saturday 24 October 2015.

At Hotels

Children – typically under 11 years – travel and stay free when sharing a family room at selected hotels across Ireland, on self-drive short breaks this half term. For example:

For a family-friendly break in Dublin, stay at the Regency Hotel which offers free car parking and easy access to the city centre by public transport. This welcoming three-star hotel has a swimming pool and gym, as well as a bar and restaurant. When sharing a family room with two full-paying adults, up to two children under 11 years travel and stay free – including breakfast each morning.

Mum and Dad each pay just £174 each, which means a family of four can enjoy a three-night break starting Sunday 25 October for a total of £348 – and that is including ferry crossings from Holyhead to Dublin for a car and all the family.

08717 300 400,





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