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10 staycation deals in Ireland this summer - as an 'availability surge' shows in late August

While self-catering is in high demand, less than 30pc of Irish hotel rooms are booked this summer, and availability is wide open in September, writes Pól Ó Conghaile

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Lahinch. Co. Clare. Photo: Deposit

Lahinch. Co. Clare. Photo: Deposit

Wexford's Ferrycarrig Hotel. Photo by Colin Shanahan / digicolphotography.com

Wexford's Ferrycarrig Hotel. Photo by Colin Shanahan / digicolphotography.com

The Hazelwood Restaurant at Sligo Park Hotel

The Hazelwood Restaurant at Sligo Park Hotel

Inside the 'Connacht Cruiser'

Inside the 'Connacht Cruiser'

One of the new Manor Lodges at Adare Manor

One of the new Manor Lodges at Adare Manor

The front lounge at Lahinch Coast Hotel

The front lounge at Lahinch Coast Hotel

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Lahinch. Co. Clare. Photo: Deposit

Yes, self-catering is selling like hot cakes.

The world and its mother are looking for a holiday home where they can control comings and goings this summer, we can confirm.

"Coastal, seaside properties are more or less booked out until end of August," reports Jacinta Doolin, chair of the Irish Self-Catering Federation (ISCF) - which refreshes its letsgoselfcatering.com website later this month.