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The Long Good Friday break guide


Marine Hotel, Ballycastle

Two-night stay is £178 for a family of four

With the Giro D'Italia just weeks away, the Causeway coast is back on the map. Ballycastle is situated just yards from a long sandy beach and attractions nearby include the Giant's Causeway (10 miles) the Carrick-a Rede Rope Bridge and Rathin Island.

The price – applicable for arrivals between April 4 and 20 – is the total for two adults and two children (under 12) and includes accommodation with breakfast in a family room, live evening entertainment and Easter-themed activities for the children.

Phone 028 2076 2222, www.marinehotelballycastle.com


Jurys Inn Hotels

From €63 room only

Book online until April 20 for 20pc reductions on room-only rates on hotel stays across the UK and Ireland from April 11-27.

Examples include the hotel in Chelsea, with rates from €133/£110.

Locally, there's the Easter Egg Hunt at Cutty Sark in London, or rates in Newcastle are €77/£64, which is ideally placed for the Easter Adventure Quest at Belsay Hall.

Closer to home, the Galway Inn is from €63, which is handy for the third annual Galway Food Festival, with open air markets and cooking demos.



Carton House

Two-night packages from €195 per adult, with children staying free

The deal includes daily breakfast, three-course meal on one evening in the Linden Tree restaurant, Easter Sunday lunch and Easte Egg Hunt.

Stay an extra night for just €30 per adult. The hotel is home to two championship golf courses and tennis courts, and offers fishing trips, woodland walks and swimming pool.

Check out www.cartonhouse.com or call the reservation team on 01 5052000


Strand Hotel

Two nights gourmet package B&B and dinner on one evening €129pps for couples. Easter package is €115pps and children stay free.

Enjoy a gourmet break for two including an Easter-themed chocolate treat in your room on arrival, dinner in the AA Rosette River Restaurant run by Limerick Chef of the Year Tom Flavin. Breakfast features a Chef's Hot Station making fresh pancakes, omelettes and egg dishes.

If you're travelling with the kids, the Easter break includes Easter egg, spacious family room family breakfast each morning and kids under 12 staying for free.

Also included is a Family Day Pass to Bunratty Castle Folk Park, with its Easter Festival and an Easter Parade taking place on Easter Monday.

Bunratty is hosting activities such as bouncy castles, face painters, balloon making, jugglers, a stilt walker, a fire eater, unicycle, and a puppeteer, all on hand to create a magical atmosphere that families will enjoy.


Imperial Hotel

Three nights B&B from €155pps

The Easter deal also includes a sweet treat from the Easter Bunny on Easter Sunday. An egg hunt will take place for children at 2pm and non-residents who are in for Easter Lunch will also be welcome to partake in the fun. Easter Lunch costs €25 per adult (3 courses) and €13 per child.

Log on to www.flynnhotels.com or call (021) 4274040.


Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa

From €295 per adult; children stay for free

Kerry's going Muppets crazy with the release of Disney's Muppets Most Wanted. The five-star hotel has teamed up with The Walt Disney Company to offer an accommodation package this Easter.

The package includes two nights' accommodation in a family lakeside room, breakfast for all each morning, dinner for the grown-ups on an evening of choice and a supervised children's dinner.

The itinerary includes a supervised kid's arts and crafts session from 5pm-9pm including a supervised Muppet Dinner with Movie night for the kids on one evening. Kids will also enjoy Cookie and Milk at 'lightsout' each evening. There will be competition prizes on offer with goodie bags courtsey of Walt Disney Motion Pictures Ireland.

Aghadoe also has tennis on its private courts, 14m indoor pool and fully equipped gym. Kids will enjoy the in-room entertainment and a DVD library packed with the latest family movies. There's also cookies and milk for the little ones and an Activity Book.

Call 064-6631766 or see www.aghadoeheights.com.


The Ferrycarrig Hotel

€255 per adults sharing, up to two children stay free, staying three nights. B&B only also available

Package includes evening meals on two nights in Reeds Restaurant plus full Irish breakfast on each morning.

Families can take full advantage of the Active Club with its 20 metre pool, free Children's Club, outdoor playground and on Easter Sunday join Giggles the Clown and the Easter Bunny for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Other activities on offer for the Easter Holidays with the Crazy Clubbers Children's Club include Egg Painting, Easter Basket making, Puppet making and Easter Sports Day .

For further the details and offers see www.ferrycarrighotel.ie


Salthill Hotel

From €179pps for two-night B&B break and dinner on one evening

A great base for visiting Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, with complementary entry passes from the Salthill Hotel.

The Easter Bunny has hidden an array of Easter treats in the Walled Garden at Kylemore and invites children to take part in a fun-filled family day out.

The Salthill Hotel is also ideally situated on the Wild Atlantic way from where you can explore all the sights and delights of the West, including nearby Galway City.



BrookLodge & Macreddin Village

From €290pps for three nights B&B and one dinner

The Easter Escape includes full breakfast, dinner on one evening in the Southern Italian-inspired La Taverna Armento and another in the Wild & Organic Strawberry Tree Restaurant, Ireland's only all-organic restaurant.

Enjoy complimentary use of the Thermal Suite in The Wells Spa and a sharing place of organic Easter chocolate treats from The Strawberry Tree delivered to your room. On Good Friday, music will be provided in Actons Pub for a 'residents' private session'.

You can also pamper yourself with upgrades, including suite for €25pp per night; champagne on ice in your room on arrival for €42; or 30-minute spa treatment for €35.

Phone 0402 36444 or visit www.brooklodge.com


Druids Glen

Two-night family packages available from €184 per adult sharing

The resort has an indoor and outdoor playroom, resort bikes, leisure club, junior golf camp, a special Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday and babysitting services.

Easter package includes breakfasts plus a three-course evening meal in Druids Brasserie. This also includes up to two children under 12 years of age sharing free with breakfast included.

Young budding golfers have the chance to attend a dedicated camp for kids, with Druids Glen Resort teaming up with their very own golf professional, Patrick Geraghty. The Golf Camp is suitable for boys and girls of all levels from eight years and over. Cost per child is €50 per day to include golf camp, hire of clubs and lunch.

See www.druidsglenresort.com/01 287 0847.


Harveys Point

Two nights B&B from €229pp (weekend) or €169 for midweek.

Easter break includes Chocolate Breakfasts, Egg-rolling competitions, wine tasting, guided walks, chocolate cooking demonstrations and a chance to meet Harvey, the pet goose. Local attractions include Glenveagh National Park, Slieve League and Waterbus on Donegal Bay.

Call 074 9722208 or visit www.harveyspoint.com.