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Irish Airbnb hosts set for €1.3 million Paddy's Day windfall

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Published 09/03/2016 | 14:32

St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Photo: Fáílte Ireland
St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Photo: Fáílte Ireland
St Patrick's Festival, Armagh & Down
The Portobello house voted No.1 Airbnb listing in Dublin by Image Magazine. Photo: Airbnb.ie

Irish Airbnb hosts are set to earn €1.3 million from some 8,000 guests this March 17th, the company says.

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St. Patrick's Day marks the beginning of Ireland's tourism season, and the sharing economy is losing little time in getting started.

Guests from over 50 different countries are already booked to stay with its Irish hosts on March 17th, Airbnb has announced.

The number of guests is more than double last year's figures, and seven times the figure from the previous year, 2014.

The typical host in Ireland will make €620 from reservations over the St. Patrick’s Day period, with bookings averaging at €118 per night.

St Patrick's Day income may be liable for tax, of course.

Irish hosts got a jolt last year when they learned that short-term accommodation rentals were not eligible for tax relief under the rent-a-room scheme.

Meanwhile, the St Patrick's Festival in Armagh and Down gets off to an early start tomorrow, March 10, with a programme of over 100 events set to celebrate Ireland's patron saint in 'St. Patrick's Country'.

Saint Patrick is said to be buried at Down Cathedral.

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