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September 12, 2018

Kilkenny Food Festival: bring gourmet gifts home with Irish Ferries

Savour Kilkenny food festival (www.savourkilkenny.com) 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.

www.irishferries.com/holidays  08717 300 400

January 29, 2018

Expanded Holiday Range from Irish Ferries: save 10%

Irish Ferries’ 2018 range of self-drive holidays are now on sale, with an expanded choice of hand-picked hotels and holiday cottages, and an early booking offer: save 10% on all packages booked by close of play on 28 February.

Newly featured in County Cork is a range of luxurious and contemporary holiday homes on the 220-acre Castlemartyr Estate. The two- and three-bedroom lodges are set in three locations across the grounds:  on the site of the former glass-houses and orchards, in the grounds of the ruined 12th century castle and at the lodge gates.

The estate, which is 20 minutes’ drive from Cork City, has extensive woods, parkland and riverside walks to discover (there’s a leaflet describing the various trails) and also offers (at additional cost) horse-drawn carriage rides, fishing, archery and laser clay pigeon shooting.

The five-star Castlemartyr Hotel is at the heart of the estate, and lodge guests are welcome to use the bar and restaurants and, (chargeable) the Spa and Golf Course.

The Castlemartyr Estate is a great base from which to visit Fota Wildlife Park, Old Jameson Whiskey Distillery, the historic port of Cobh and the beautiful coastline which is no more than 10kms away.

PRICE: A week’s stay, to include return cruise ferry crossings for a car and two adults starts at £559 this year, or £503 if booked by the end of February.  A week’s rental at Easter for a family of four is £671 (or £604 with the early booking offer).

Irish Ferries now offers self-drive, self-catering packages at 26 different locations across Ireland, from County Sligo in the north to County Waterford in the south, and within easy reach of Dublin. Its chosen hotel partners include family-run seaside resorts, city centre hotels and historic castles.

Irish Ferries, 08717 300 400, www.irishferries.com/holidays

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About Irish Ferries

  • 4 ships currently 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 and pictures contact Jane Williams at Beacon PR: jane@beaconpr.co.uk  01572 748 800

June 29, 2016

Ireland’s Ancient East: save 10% on Irish Ferries Holidays

Irish Ferries Holidays is encouraging travellers to ‘drive through history’ this July and August by offering 10% off self-drive packages that combine ferry travel with hotel accommodation.

‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ is Tourism Ireland’s ‘label’ for the historic attractions of the eastern counties.  These include the Boyne Valley’s Neolithic site which has World Heritage status; beautiful Glendalough with its 1000 year-old tower; medieval Kilkenny and Viking Waterford City.

“Whether you sail into Rosslare or Dublin, it’s just a short drive to discover 5,000 years of history, and if you book by 18 July for this summer, you save 10% on our packages,” says Dermot Merrigan, head of passenger sales at Irish Ferries.

For example, a week-long tour of Ireland’s Ancient East could include an afternoon cruise ferry into Dublin and a night in the coastal resort of Bray.

A scenic drive on Day Two through the Wicklow Mountains taking in Powerscourt Gardens and Glendalough ends with arrival at the Millrace Hotel in Bunclody for a two night stay.

From this beautiful spot where Counties Carlow, Wicklow and Wexford meet, discover Huntington and Enniscorthy Castles or the 500 year-old oak trees at Altamont Gardens.

On Day Five, discover Kilkenny’s medieval streets before driving south to Waterford City on the River Suir to trace its Viking past, staying for two nights at the Tower Hotel.

Enjoy a final night in Wexford before sailing on the morning ferry from Rosslare to Pembroke.

When two people travel by car together and share a room, the per person price for this seven-night holiday is £364 to include ferry crossings and three- and four-star hotels with breakfast each morning.

www.irishferries.com/holidays or call 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.

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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: jane@beaconpr.co.uk  01572 748 800

February 6, 2012

Irish Ferries is Ireland’s favourite ferry company – again

Irish Ferries has been voted Best Ferry Company at the Irish Travel industry awards for a second year.

The award is made by the Irish Travel Agents Association, with votes cast by travel industry staff across Ireland.

Receiving the award, Irish Ferries’ head of passenger sales Declan Mescall thanked travel agents for their recognition and added, “we are very proud to receive this award for the second year in succession: it’s a clear reflection of the high level of service our passengers have come to expect from Irish Ferries.”

Irish Ferries operates two routes between Ireland and the UK.  Holyhead in North Wales to Dublin is the route for the company’s Ulysses cruise ferry and the Dublin Swift fastcraft.  The Isle of Inishmore sails from Pembroke in South Wales to Rosslare.

Irish Ferries' flagship, Ulysses. Picture courtesy of Irish Ferries

Fares start at £79 one-way for a car and driver.

Visit www.irishferries.com to enjoy the first-class services available when crossing the Irish Sea with your car.

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