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Last minute staycations: 10 great home-holiday deals for August

With time running out to book a staycation this summer, Pól Ó Conghaile shops around and shares his tips for short breaks over the next few weeks.

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King John's Castle in Limerick

King John's Castle in Limerick

Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort, Co Wicklow

Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort, Co Wicklow

The Europe Hotel in Killarney

The Europe Hotel in Killarney

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Surfing in Strandhill, Sligo

Trinity Townhouse

Trinity Townhouse

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King John's Castle in Limerick

Looking for a short break with the family, or sneaky getaway as a couple? There's still value out there, if you know where (and when) to look.

1. Dare we say... Dublin

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Just 10 minutes from Dublin city, Clontarf Castle is the perfect romantic getaway for history lovers.

Just 10 minutes from Dublin city, Clontarf Castle is the perfect romantic getaway for history lovers.

Just 10 minutes from Dublin city, Clontarf Castle is the perfect romantic getaway for history lovers.

Irish people don’t exactly flock to Dublin City on their summer hols. Now the capital is down a couple of million overseas visitors, too — leaving buckets of availability in hotels. Clontarf Castle has a ‘Great Escape’ offer bundling two nights’ B&B, one dinner and a box of chocolates from €300 (i.e. €150pp). Best of all, you’ll get a third night free. Elsewhere, the Merrion has a ‘Five-Star Steal’ with B&B, a bottle of champagne and a three-course dinner included from €350 (i.e. €175pp). Could this be the time to leave the kids on lockdown for an adults’ night away?