Travel Tuesday Rings in the New Year with breaks around Ireland

We know it’s almost Christmas so most people are busy shopping and preparing for the big day but New Years is a great time to snatch a mini break around Ireland. This Travel Tuesday I’ve gathered some of our favourite spots around the country to ring in the New Year. There’s something for everyone in one of these fantastic hotels.


Castlemartyr Capella Hotel


Arrive to Castlemartyr Resort this New Year’s Eve and discover a magical celebration like no other. Wrap yourself in the warm surroundings of the Resort and ring in the New Year in style. Enjoy the celebrations in the manor house throughout the evening with a pre-dinner drink in the Knights Bar before having the pleasure of one of head chef Kevin Burke’s delicious celebratory dinners in the Bell Tower Restaurant; a sumptuous five courses focusing on the fine local and in-season produce sourced from the farms, fields and waters in the vicinity. After dinner, dance the night away with live entertainment in the Knights Bar in the heart of the stunning manor house! An overnight New Year’s Eve package with accommodation, full Irish breakfast, pre-dinner drink & a 5-course dinner costs from €420 based on 2 adults sharing in a Deluxe Room.


If you are looking for a more casual evening enjoy a laid back night to ring in the New Year and book the New Year’s Italian package which includes overnight accommodation, full Irish breakfast on New Year’s Day, New Year’s Eve dinner in Franchini’s the authentic Italian eatery costs from €340 based on 2 adults sharing in a Deluxe Room.


Castlemartyr Resort has plenty for you and yours to enjoy. Wrap up warm and take a stroll around the beautiful estate, followed by a relaxing hot drink by the fire in the Knights Bar. Enjoy a horse & carriage ride or warm up under a blanket around the grounds. Take in the fresh air on the inland links golf course or enjoy a bicycle ride with the family around the resort. Tel: 021 421 9000 or visit for more information on the fantastic offers available at Castelmartyr Resort over the festive season.



Ring in the 2017 in style this year at Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Golf & Spa Resort with a selection of relaxing one night residential packages starting at just €235 per person sharing. Arrive to a welcoming drinks reception in front of roaring log fires followed by dinner in the Botanica Restaurant and entertainment in the Wine Goose Cellar Bar. Then enjoy the extravaganza of a fireworks display at midnight with some sparkling wine, an exciting and dramatic way to see off the old year and start the new one with a bang!

Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Cavan
Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Cavan

After Super Buffet Breakfast is served on New Year’s Day, you might choose to have a last swim in the indoor/outdoor infinity pool, or a stroll through Farnham Estate’s magnificent grounds, or indeed, stay another night! Two night packages available from €355 including per person sharing and non-residential New Year’s Eve dinner for €90 per person. To find out more about the fantastic New Year’s Eve package available at Radisson Blu Farnham Estate, Co. Cavan. Tel 049 43 37770 or see

Go north for a New Year’s Break to the Number One Attraction in the world!

Tourism Northern Ireland have some great deals for a new year’s break and you can ring in the New Year at Titanic Belfast with a glass of Champagne! Recently voted Europe’s Number one attraction at the World Travel Awards in the Maldives. the good news doesn’t stop there as it went on to win best worldwide attraction beating the likes of Las Vegas and Machu Pichu! More great news is that it is easily accessible from Dublin and a great way to fill in an afternoon over the Christmas Holidays. If you’ve got further to travel why not stop off and enjoy a night in Belfast from one of the hotels listed below.titanic-belfast-exterior

New Year’s Eve at Titanic Belfast
Ring in the New Year in Style at Titanic Belfast. Enjoy a fabulous cocktail on arrival and a light supper before dancing the night away in front of the stunning Titanic staircase! Includes: New Year’s Cocktail On Arrival, Light Supper, Live Band, Midnight Piper, DJ Entertainment. From £40 per person, dress code: Cocktail. To book go


Festive Afternoon Teas and New Year’s Day at Titanic Belfast
Step back in time to a period of luxury, elegance and 5-star service with a special Titanic Festive Afternoon Tea set in the opulent surroundings of the Titanic Suite featuring the stunning replica staircase and live jazz music. Enjoy the fabulous festive menu featuring a delicious selection of finger sandwiches, classic scones with Cornish clotted cream, mouth-watering cakes and exquisite éclairs and French Fancies!

Available from £26 per person from Saturday 18th December 2016 and Saturday 1st January 2017. To book

Clayton Hotel, Belfast ‘Shop in the City’ from £122.00 (€162.26) per room.

Discover Belfast and shop in Victoria Square shopping centre or the many high street stores and designer boutiques in the city. Offer includes Champagne cocktail on arrival, £10 gift voucher for Victory Square, breakfast and use of leisure facilities.

T&Cs apply. To book call (0044) 28 9032 8511. Available until 31st Jan 2017. Subject to availability.

Holiday Inn Belfast
Holiday Inn Belfast

Bishops Gate Hotel, Londonderry/Derry ‘Fabulous Foodie Break’. Midweek From £69.50pps (€92.44), Weekend From £74.50pps 

To celebrate Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink 2016 this is the perfect break for food lovers. Package Includes, signature cocktail on arrival, welcome sweet platter in your room on arrival, four course dinner OR traditional afternoon tea with glass of Prosecco. Deluxe Room and breakfast.
T&Cs apply. To book call (0044) 28 7114 0300. Available until 30 Dec 2016. Subject to availability.




For further information on things to see and do in Northern Ireland visit


There’s so much going on in the capital for New Year. Three days of festivities means there is something on all day and night to suit every member of the family – what about counting down to 2017 with this fabulous free show Luminositylum-nyf

Prepare to be gobsmacked by the jaw dropping, eye popping spectacular 3D light projection display – Luminosity.

Watch as Dublin’s Iconic Custom House is turned into a dazzling video canvas of spectacular colour, light and sound from 30thDecember to 01st January. Motion, graphics and 3D animation will manipulate this magnificent building. Gaze at fantastic animations, unfathomable shapes and blazing graphics as they reveal themselves twirling and rotating in the dark winter’s night sky.

You’ll be awed by the optical illusions, the ultra-bright crisp and the richly coloured images. During this incredible visual experience you’ll be completely immersed in a fresco of light. Don’t miss out on the Sky Dance spectacle on December 31st where Luminosity will turn into a mesmerising 4D performance. This is a free ticketed event with 2 shows at: 5pm and 7pm. 

*Luminosity will be restricted to ticket holders only during these shows and then will be accessible to non ticket holders again after 8pm. Click here for more details on the Sky Dance Show.

So join us for Ireland’s biggest and brightest projection mapping show.

Feeling creative? Bring the kids to this…

A wish for Dublin is an exciting art installation that will take place on O’Connell Street in Dublin City Centre. Visual artist Deirdre Robb is an award-winning artist whose multi-disciplinary approach includes installation, painting and sculpture. Her work is conceptually based which are responses to social, cultural and political events.a-wish-for-dublin-1

Robb will engage with the general public discussing the great things that Dublin has to offer and invite them to make a wish for the future of the city. When the wish is made it will be hung on a tree with other wishes to create a collective voice of how Dublin could be shaped for the future.

The Wish Project – A Wish for Dublin is brought to you in conjunction with Deirdre Robb and New Year’s Festival Dublin

Watch as the carnival atmosphere spills out on to the streets of the capital with events throughout the city.

Keep an eye out for one of the many FREE pop up events happening in St. Stephen’s Green, Meeting House Square and plenty of other locations.

You’ll definitely to be blown away by Those Fire Guys Ireland’s stunning Original Fire Performance Group.


You’ll be amazed as the Dublin Circus Project will show up and perform fantastic acrobatics in the most unlikely of open air spaces.

Dublin Circus Project route: O’Connell Street, Henry Street, Grafton Street, Custom House –  12pm to 6pm.

And you’re sure to be surprised by the gang of buskers on the streets banging out fresh new vibes and the well-known old tunes.

So prepare yourself for lots of pop up FREE cultural surprises during the festival.

Ticketing Information: No tickets required.

for all the information you will need go to


If you are looking to stay in Dublin I’ve picked out two fab city centre hotels. What better way to welcome a brand new year than in the interesting and cosy surrounds of Trinity City Hotel with a four course New Year’s Eve dinner. From your base in the city you can soak up the atmosphere in town before finding a cosy table to enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly and join the countdown in the hotel bar with live entertainment. New Year’s Eve dinner is available for just €42.95 per person.


Skip the taxi queue home after the clock strikes midnight and take the elevator home to one of the chic rooms at Trinity City Hotel. Overnight with breakfast is available from €85 per person sharing. To make a reservation Tel: 01 648 1000, or email:




Cast off 2016 and celebrate New Year’s Eve in style at the chic and stylish Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin. Located just a minute’s walk from the city’s fabulous shopping district and sitting next to Dublin’s cultural quarter, Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin is the perfect city retreat this New Year’s Eve.


Begin the evening with a drink in the stylish Sure Bar before a special dinner at V’nV restaurant. Then head into the bustling city centre; take a stroll along Grafton Street and witness the New Year’s Eve celebrations on St. Stephen’s Green.


Prices for one night’s accommodation based on two people sharing start at €390 including dinner; a two night stay is also available to prolong the excitement of the New Year with prices starting at €590 per person sharing. Staying in a spacious, well-appointed room, Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin is the perfect city escape to begin 2017 with a bang.


Tel: 01 898 2900 or visit for more information.



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