Faced with no overseas visitors, festivals, matches or big events, fewer than a quarter of Irish hotel rooms are booked for September and October.
That's bad news, but we're also seeing sparks of creativity and resilience. Here are six ideas that could give you a staycation brainwave, too.
1. Nifty €50
Original Irish Hotels is giving guests who stay at its independently owned properties a €50 voucher towards their next visit. It can be used Sunday to Thursday from September to December on a two-night minimum stay. originalirishhotels.com
2. Daycation Nation
Dublin's InterContinental has a "daycation" deal from €150pp. "Enjoy a well-earned pamper day" is the pitch, with a massage, blow-dry, a file and polish, and afternoon tea in the Reading Room included. You can also use the pool, gym and relaxation area, with free parking, too. intercontinentaldublin.ie
3. Concerts in Cavan
Next Sunday, August 30, Virginia Park Lodge will host the first in a series of outdoor concerts as part of its Lodge Sessions, with Mary Coughlan headlining a fully seated, socially distant, open-air gig. You can attend from €45pp, or book an overnight package from €162.50pp. virginiaparklodge.com
4. BBQ & Bamboo
Mount Falcon in Co Mayo has reimagined its food offering in an open-air, heated bamboo tent. Chef Tom Doyle cooks in an Assador BBQ "al fresco kitchen", and there's live entertainment on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Dinner costs €40/€20pp with a free drink; B&B €200 a night. mountfalcon.com
5. Limerick Love-In
Had to cancel a honeymoon? Adare Manor has launched an extravagant "Staycation-moon" package, including three nights' B&B, two dinners, a private horse-and-carriage tour, a picnic experience with its "picnic butler" (no, really), a romantic photoshoot, river cruise experience and more, from €5,000 per couple. adaremanor.com
6. Elegant Office
Dunboyne Castle in Co Meath has been renting bedrooms as workspaces. From €35 per day, you can rent rooms with WiFi, desk and private bathroom. "A change of scene and no interruptions," as author Zoë Miller tweeted. "Much needed after the last few (cabin fever) months." dunboynecastlehotel.com
The ideas come as a new survey from AA Ireland suggests 73pc of us are likely to avoid all overseas travel until at least 2021. "It does appear that the holiday-at-home phenomenon will not be confined to a single season," says Conor Faughnan. Covid-19 could now have "a longer-term impact" on our holiday plans, he adds.
Sign up for our free travel newsletter!
Like what you're reading? Subscribe to 'Travel Insider', our free travel newsletter written by award-winning Travel Editor, Pól Ó Conghaile.