Smart Spender: The latest top deals and offers
Caitríona Redmond rounds up the latest top deals and special offers to help you keep your spending under control.
Get away to the Kingdom
The Killarney Royal is a boutique hotel located in the centre of Killarney town, right in the heart of the Kingdom of Kerry. Whether you're after a trip to visit the Star Wars locations, visit the Killarney National Park, Muckross Abbey, or even a spin on the Ring of Kerry, it's the perfect location for exploring with a family.
To celebrate joining Ireland's Blue Book they have a family fun package for a family of two adults, two children priced from €511. This includes breakfasts each morning and dinner on one evening, along with passes to the Innisfallon Health & Leisure Centre, and to the full family fun package, also at their sister hotel The Malton. For more information call The Killarney Royal Tel: +353 64 6631853 or visit www.killarneyroyal.ie
High fashion sunglasses
Aviator sunglasses are all the rage again this year and our eyes were caught (excuse the pun) by this attractive pair of Ocean Revo Aviators from Accessorize which are far cheaper than we would expect for the quality. Including an option of gold or silver rims, they come with distinctive ocean blue lenses and are UV protected. Costing just €15.90, they're available nationwide while stocks last. See www.eu.accessorize.com for more information on the Summer Holiday range from Accessorize and in stores for availability.
This coming Saturday and Sunday take a tour of an incredibly popular working orchard in Drogheda, hear the engaging history of a 200-acre farm that was at the centre of the economy in the area many years ago, how bees play an important role in the production of apples, then sample the cider and apple juice that the farm supplies. Every year Olan McNeece opens Boyne Grove Fruit Farms orchards just outside of Drogheda itself to the public, charging just €5 per adult for admission (children go free). All proceeds go to local charities The Drogheda Homeless Aid and the SOSAD Organisation.
Olan is a fantastic, informative story-teller. We made the trip last year and found the tour exceptional value, and the produce we sampled was amongst the best cider, juice, and vinegar we'd ever tasted. This year Dan Kelly's new Whiskey Barrel Cider will also be available for sampling. For more information contact Boyne Grove Farms: Tel +353 87 257 0524
Free gardening advice
Fancy a gardening lesson for free? That's exactly what Marie Staunton and The Garden House are offering visitors to Dundrum Town Centre on Saturday 21st May. There will be three 20-minute classes on Summer container gardens starting at 11am, and continuing at 12.30, and 2pm, at the Millpond in the Town Square (weather permitting).
Aimed at novice gardeners, students can expect to learn how to create Summer planting that will add a pop of colour, texture, and perfume to gardens. The Garden House operate from two locations, Malahide and Dundrum (in Airfield Estate), for more information on advice for beginners at gardening and the free lessons. Visit www.thegardenhouse.ie or call The Garden House, Malahide: 01 531 2020 or The Garden House, Dundrum (in Airfield Estate): 01 531 2010.