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March 7, 2019

Ireland: far and away the best place to be on St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day – 17 March – falls on a Sunday this year, which makes celebrating in Ireland with the Irish easy, says Irish Ferries.

And while Dublin may have the biggest parade, other cities offer just as much fun – and maybe more authenticity – across the weekend, with Monday a public holiday.

It was Waterford in 1903 which was the first city to give everyone a day off to celebrate St Patrick’s day. It’s a beautiful spot on the River Suir easily reachable by ferry sailing in from Pembroke to Rosslare. Dating to the Viking age, Waterford has more than enough sights to enjoy and pubs to visit during the weekend.

Kilkenny really goes to town for St Patrick’s day, wrapping ‘TradFest’ around the holiday weekend and celebrating all aspects of traditional Irish music from ballads to dance.

Limerick has something happening every day across the weekend, including the parade and fireworks on Sunday and an international marching band championship on Monday.

And Galway’s Eyre Square fountain will ‘turn green’ on St Patrick’s day, and almost every pub in the city will offer live music at some point over the weekend.

The most enjoyable way to travel to Ireland is to put the car on a ferry, with bags and baggage at no extra charge.

Fares over the St Patrick’s weekend start at £338 return for a car and two adults. Irish Ferries can also arrange hotel accommodation across Ireland.

Routes: Holyhead (Anglesey) to Dublin; Pembroke to Rosslare

Ferries sailing over St Patrick’s weekend: Ulysses, Dublin Swift, Epsilon, Isle of Inishmore


May 14, 2018

Self-drive Half Term Break in Ireland: £568 total including Ferry

Ireland’s sunny south-east corner is the ideal half term break destination, with five-night stays at Irish Ferries’ holiday cottages costing from just £568 for a family of up to five, including return ferry crossings for car and family.

Counties Wicklow and Wexford are easy to reach by ferry via Dublin or Rosslare, and the crossing time (around three to four hours depending on route) is just right for enjoying onboard facilities like the entertainment centre or the cinema, as well as restaurants and promenade deck.

And during May half term, a five-night break at either Aughrim Holiday Village or Glenbeg Point Holiday Homes costs just £568 including ferry travel.

Aughrim Holiday Village in County Wicklow is an attractive cluster of cottages. The three-storey holiday homes sit in landscaped grounds a short walk from Aughrim village, where there’s a shop and pub, plus a warm welcome at the bar and restaurant within the Lawless Hotel.  The houses offer modern open-play living spaces and three ensuite bedrooms (double, twin, single) to sleep a family of up to five.

Aughrim is a great base from which to visit family-friendly attractions such as Greenan Maze, Kia Ora Mini Farm and Wicklow Gaol. The beautiful beach at Brittas Bay is half an hour’s drive, and another beautiful spot is ancient Glendalough, once a monastic settlement beside a beautiful lake.

Glenbeg Point Holiday Homes are only three kilometres from the popular family resort of Courtown on the Wexford coast. The collection of pet-friendly cottages offer modern family accommodation, each with three bedrooms (two bathrooms) to sleep a family of five. There’s also a children’s play area and tennis court onsite. Nearby attractions include a seal rescue centre and Courtown’s indoor/outdoor adventure centre.

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About Irish Ferries

  • 4 ships currently sailing between Ireland and the UK
  • Irish Ferries offers the most varied and exciting fleet sailing to Ireland: the twin-hullled catamaran Dublin Swift is the biggest high-speed ferry, and the cruise-ferry Ulysses is currently the largest ship on the Irish Sea, being 12 decks high and weighing in at almost 50,000 tonnes and superb on-board facilities.
  • Drive times: to Holyhead from Liverpool or Manchester 2hrs; from Birmingham 3hrs.
  • Pembroke/Rosslare route 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 and pictures contact Jane Williams at Beacon PR:  01572 748 800

March 16, 2016

Spring Breaks in Ireland: Hospitality and History

Ireland’s official centenary year may be 2022, but the country’s commemorations start this Easter with a host of events across the country that make 2016 a fascinating year to visit.

Discovering Ireland – both its history and legendary hospitality – is easy with Irish Ferries, which offers great value self-drive breaks packaging ferry travel with hotel stays.

This means that a three-night break in Ireland costs as little as £166 per person (twin share) between now and 27 May.

That’s when travelling by cruise ferry into Rosslare or Dublin and enjoying three nights at the Woodenbridge Hotel in County Wicklow, which claims to be Ireland’s oldest hotel, welcoming travellers since 1608, although Irish Ferries’ guests stay in the adjacent modern Woodenbridge Lodge which overlooks the Aughrim River.

The ‘full Irish’ breakfast each morning included in Irish Ferries’ arrangements should be good: the Woodenbridge has held an AA Rosette since 1995 and has its own bakery on Arklow’s main street (seven kilometres from the hotel) where the bread is made each morning.

Other Irish Ferries deals at hotels across the country include a three night break at Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel overlooking Dublin Bay (from £198 per person on the same basis), and at the Galway Bay Hotel overlooking the sea at Salthill, just outside the lively city (from £186 per person for three nights).

With a theme of ‘Remember, Reflect, Reimagine’ the Ireland 2016 programme of events starts this Easter and continues throughout 2016 (find out more at

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