Ten best new year's eve Irish getaways
1 No1 PERY SQUARE, CO LIMERICK
Open since November, No1 Pery Square is the talk of Limerick. A boutique Georgian property with a spa in the basement, its New Year package includes a welcome drink, champagne dinner, one night's accommodation and a toast in the Park Room lounge. Cheers!
Details: No1 Pery Square's 'Dine and toast at No.1' package starts at €289pp (061-402402; oneperysquare.com).
2 MARYBOROUGH HOTEL & SPA, CO CORK
With pheasant on the menu and jaunty music, the Maryborough's black-tie ball is one of Cork's finest New Year's Eve fixtures. Housed in an 18th-century property, the hotel mixes up old and new. Details: The Maryborough Hotel & Spa (021-436 5555; www.maryborough.com) has two nights plus the Gala Ball for €270pp, or three nights plus ball for €345pp.
3 IRISH LANDMARK TRUST
The Irish Landmark Trust has some show-stoppers for New Year. Try storm-watching in the Wicklow Head Lighthouse, for example, or kicking back in the restored Triumphal Arch Gatelodge at Colebrooke, Co Fermanagh. Details: The Irish Landmark Trust (01-670 4733; irishlandmark.com) has December 29 to January 2 at the Triumphal Arch Gatelodge for €820, and the Wicklow Head Lighthouse for €1,425 (all self-catering).
4 THE TWELVE HOTEL, CO GALWAY
Along with the G and House hotels, Bearna's Twelve Hotel has plugged successfully into Galway city's unique, boho-boutique vibe. A winner of Hospitality Ireland's Best New Hotel title in 2007, its chic suites and in-room spa treatments could be the ideal wake-up call.
Details: The Twelve Hotel (091-597 000; thetwelvehotel.ie) has two nights' B&B and one dinner from €250pp over the New Year period.
5 ASHFORD CASTLE, CO MAYO
Ashford Castle is a predictably high-end New Year package, featuring afternoon tea, a cocktail reception, gala banquet and champagne celebrations. Throw in a falconry demonstration and a boat trip on Lough Corrib and you have something really unique. Details: Ashford Castle's (094 954 6003; ashford.ie) two-night New Year package is priced from €1,260pp.
6 CASHEL PALACE HOTEL, CO TIPPERARY
This former bishops' residence in the middle of Cashel Town offers swish rooms (some with Rock of Cashel views), a great garden and good grub. Combined with the music and bagpipes lined up for midnight, this could make for a memorable new year. Details: The Cashel Palace Hotel (062-62707; cashel-palace.ie) has one night's accommodation plus dinner and dancing on New Year's Eve for €156pp.
7 BLUE HAVEN, KINSALE CO. CORK
Kinsale's Blue Haven Collection is a suite of three properties. The Old Bank House, Blue Haven Hotel and Hamlet's café are a tasty excuse to spend New Year's in the seafood capital of Cork. Details: The Old Bank House (021-477 4057; oldbankhousekinsale.com) and Blue Haven Hotel (021 477 2209) have rooms from €180 on New Year's Eve.
8 DROMOLAND, CO CLARE
Dromoland's three-night New Year's package includes afternoon tea, a cocktail reception and black-tie dinner dance on December 31, combined with Table d'hôte dinners on the 30 and January 1. Details: Dromoland Castle's (061-368 144; dromoland.ie) Gala New Year package is priced from €1,960.
9/ STABLE COURT, CO ANTRIM
Stable Court is a blend of luxury serviced accommodation a short drive from the Junction One outlet village near Lough Neagh, meaning five-star digs and 70 shops. Details: Stable Court (0044 289 446 2222; stablecourtlodging.com) has apartments from €390 and houses from €560pw, plus nightly rates.
10 HOTEL WESTPORT, CO MAYO
This well-priced hotel is a couple of minutes from the town centre, complemented by regular refurbishments and a good leisure centre. Details: Three nights' B&B, one evening meal plus a gala banquet at the Hotel Westport (1890 700 100; hotelwestport.ie) costs €355pp.
All information correct at the time of going to press. Subject to availability