Good Friday: Your getaway guide
If you've been starving yourself of fun this Lent - or even if you haven't - Mark Evans has several suggestions for mini getaways this Easter.
Chick this out: the K Club
It's got all the trappings that you'd expect from a five-star hotel - and a few surprises too. Yup, it's the K Club, which is home to some real-life chicks this Easter.
The hotel will host a range of kids' activities, and families have full use of the pool, steam room, outdoor hot tub and other luxuries.
On Easter Sunday there's the annual egg hunt around the grounds, plus daily duck races on the River Liffey.
The kids' club features junior golf clinics, kiddie discos and face painting.
The two-night Easter break costs from €280pps, and includes two nights' B&B in a superior room, with a four-course evening meal on one evening in The River Room Restaurant. Children under six go free when sharing a room with their parents and also dine for free.
Details: kclub.ie or call 01-6017200.
Family fun in Kilkenny
The Newpark Hotel - recently voted Ireland's No 1 for families by TripAdvisor - is offering an Easter egg hunt and Willy Wonka Chocolate Egg-perience where children can make and decorate their own egg. The three-night break is priced from €179 per adult sharing.
Details: flynnhotels.com or call 056 7760500.
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Go to the movies in Kerry
Aghadoe Heights, Killarney
To celebrate the release of children's movie Home, the five-star Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa in Killarney has teamed up with Twentieth Century Fox to offer a special Easter break.
The special itinerary includes supervised arts and crafts sessions, plus a supervised Home dinner with movie night for the kids on one evening. Aghadoe also has competition prizes on offer with some goodie bags courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.
Those staying on Easter Sunday will be treated to an Easter Egg Hunt, too.
The break includes two nights' accommodation in a family lakeside room, breakfast for all each morning, dinner for the grown-ups on an evening of choice and a supervised children's dinner.
It costs from €339 per adult with max of two adults and two children under 12 free sharing family room. It's valid from Saturday, April 4 to Wednesday, April 8.
Details: aghadoeheights.com; call 064-6631766.
Sail away to a Haven
The Easter Bunny has arrived early this year, bringing news of discounts of up to €55 on three, four or seven-night breaks with Irish Ferries at a selection of eight UK Haven Holiday parks including Hafan Y Mor, Kiln and Presthaven Sands in Wales.
Prices start from €347 for three nights in a two-bedroom home for up to six people arriving on April 3, inclusive of return car ferry travel - coupled with a host of traditional Easter games like egg hunts and bonnet parades, indoor pools and entertainment night and day.
Details: irishferries.com/haven or call 0818 300 400.
Beach time on a budget
Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Budget Travel has a week in Majorca (2+1) at the Hotel Cala Gran in Cala D'or for €709 on April 3.
Lanzarote's THB Corbeta in Playa Blanca is available from March 24, costing €1,019 (two adults and one child).
The Villa Florida Apartments in Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura, are €1,039 for two adults and two children from April 7, while Gran Canaria's Cala D'or Apartments in Puerto Rico cost €1,119.
Dining in D4
Dublin's Dylan Hotel is the place to be for chocoholics as the Ballsbridge landmark has teamed up with experts Cocoa Atelier to create a delectable chocolate-themed Easter afternoon tea. Chocolate fans can choose from three Easter afternoon tea options; white, milk or dark chocolate, and each is ideal for two people to share.
The Dylan Easter afternoon tea is €40 per person, and can be enjoyed from Saturday, March 28, until Sunday, April 12, from noon until 5pm every day.
If you want to sleep off the indulgence, an overnight stay - including chocolate martini cocktails on arrival and a luxury box of Cocoa Atelier chocolates, plus full Irish breakfast - starts from €179, from March 28 until April 12.
If you fancy a bit of heat to melt those chocolate eggs, Morocco could be the answer. Sunway has offers for March 28 or April 4.
Packages start at €1,199 for two adults and one child (€1,668 for 2+2), staying at the three-star Intouriste Apartments in Agadir on a B&B basis. www.sunway.ie