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March 20, 2019

Free Night Deals from Irish Ferries for Easter

Ireland’s legendary hospitality and glorious scenery is easy to reach via a relaxing ferry journey, and outstanding value with Irish Ferries’ free night deals at selected hotels booked as part of a self-drive ferry package.

In West Cork for example, in a superb spot at the end of the causeway across Rosscarbery’s tidal inlet, the Celtic Ross Hotel welcomes Irish Ferries guests for any four nights during the Easter period for just £223 per person when two adults share a room on a bed and breakfast basis.  This represents a saving of £43 per person for the free night, a deal available through Irish Ferries throughout April.

Even better, one or two children under the age of 12 who share a family room with two adults are free, including their breakfasts.  The hotel has 66 rooms, including family rooms, plus an indoor pool, gym, sauna and steam room. The Kingfisher Bar and Bistro is busy all day, and the welcoming lounge enjoys views over the bay.

Rosscarbery village is 10 minutes’ walk and the gorgeous coast and countryside on the doorstep offers everything from hiking and golf to horse-riding and fishing trips.

Other hotels with free night offers at Easter when booked as part of an Irish Ferries self-drive package include the Garryvoe hotel at Ballycotton, the Teach de Broc at Ballybunion and the Sneem Hotel on the Ring of Kerry.

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

Ferries: Ulysses, Dublin Swift, Epsilon, Isle of Inishmore

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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).

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November 28, 2018

Kilkenny’s Yulefest with Irish Ferries…

Hop on a ferry to Ireland for a Celtic Christmas market and come home with a car full of unique Irish gifts – and no baggage charges either!

Irish Ferries’ top tip for pre-Christmas shopping with lots of festive fun is Kilkenny’s Yulefest which has something to see every day in December in this lively medieval city that’s approximately 90 minutes’ drive from either Rosslare or Dublin ferry ports.

As well as an indoor ice-rink at Cillin Hill and an illuminated Christmas market at Butler House, there’s a pop-up Made in Kilkenny shop at 76 John Street selling locally-crafted gifts including beautiful jewellery and ceramics.

The city’s Parade Plaza will also come to life giving the opportunity to view the city streets and lighting from a giant Ferris wheel, enjoy a gallop on an antique carousel or browse through the bespoke Christmas Market for quality craft and gift ideas.

Add weekend street entertainment, food stalls and seasonal concerts and it’s easy to see why Kilkenny draws visitors from all over Ireland.

For those who fancy joining in the fun, a three-night winter weekend self-drive package costs from £271 per person based on two people travelling together in one car by cruise ferry, and sharing a double room with a full Irish breakfast at the Pembroke Hotel, a boutique four-star on Patrick Street.

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January 22, 2017

Save 10% on Irish Ferries’ Holiday Packages

Irish Ferries Holidays is offering 10% off all 2017 self-drive packages if booked before 28 February.

The deal applies to all ferry-inclusive holidays at the company’s hand-picked hotels, cottages and B&B partners, and to all travel dates including peak summer season weeks.

“And any of our holidays can be secured for a low deposit of just £50 per family,” says head of holidays Ann Pye.

As an example of savings, a 14-night holiday in August in Waterville, County Kerry, costs £1673 for a family of two adults and up to six children, saving £185.  These four-star rated detached holiday homes are on the edge of the colourful seaside village and about 750 metres from the coast.

Each house has four bedrooms, and can sleep up to eight, making them ideal for extended family holidays, with a choice of cafes and restaurants in the village, as well as fantastic beaches to discover along the Kerry coast, boat trips, golf courses, activity providers and tourist attractions.

For a hotel break in the scenic north-west of Ireland, in May, a couple could save up to £121 on a week’s holiday that combines three nights at the Galway Bay Hotel, which overlooks the sea and is just two miles from the lively heart of Galway City, with three nights at the four-star Knockranny House  Hotel overlooking the picturesque town of Westport, with breath-taking views of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay’s islands in County Mayo. Add one night at the four-star Mespil Hotel, Dublin at the start or end of the trip, depending on choice of ferry crossings.

With the early booking offer, this holiday, which offers stunning scenery along the Wild Atlantic Way, costs from £532 per couple sharing a double room at hotels, and includes a full Irish breakfast each morning.

All holidays include cruise-ferry travel for passengers and car, with regular departures from Holyhead to Dublin and from Pembroke to Rosslare.

Irish Ferries’ holiday experts can make recommendations and tailor-made arrangements for a range of holidays in Ireland, from family seaside stays to complex touring itineraries.

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