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Lord Of The Rings stars stick to B&Bs for Irish break

THEY'RE two of Hollywood's biggest names but Elijah Wood and Dominic Monaghan didn't mind slumming it during their visit to Ireland this week.

The Lord of the Rings stars opted for recession-friendly B&Bs during their jaunt around the country, the Herald can reveal.

The high-profile pair have spent the past week touring around the west and are currently in Tuam in Co Galway, where they took the opportunity to visit Dominic's Irish cousins for a few nights.

The pals had last week attended the nuptials of their Lord of the Rings co-star Billy Boyd in Glasgow, Scotland, where he exchanged vows with Ali McKinnon, the mother of his four-year-old son Jack.

Following the star-studded wedding on December 29, Elijah and Dominic jetted to Ireland in time to ring in the New Year.

Since then the pair have travelled around counties including Kerry, Limerick, Cork and Galway, dining out at local pubs and restaurants.

After hearing that their trip to the Emerald Isle was being discussed on Today FM's Ray D'Arcy show yesterday, the down-to-earth pair rang in to speak to the popular DJ and fans. Lost star Dominic explained how he loves coming to Ireland and admitted he was delighted to have the opportunity to help give the troubled economy a much needed boost by spending his money here.

"The hospitality's been amazing. My grandfather was from Ireland so I'll always come back here. It's a beautiful time of the year to be here," he told radio listeners. "I'm sure that they need as many tourists as they can get right now so I'm happy to contribute as much as I can.

"I would tell everyone to come to Ireland. We love this country, it's been a beautiful trip. The craic was mighty. I think it's so funny that people were talking about what we had to eat or drink while we were here. I can't remember what I had to drink last night let alone last week so it's impressive."

Elijah, better known to many as Frodo Baggins from Lord of the Rings, revealed how he jumped at the chance to explore the countryside over the past week.

"This is my third visit to Ireland. I went when I was sixteen for the first time and just fell in love with it so I try to get back as often as I can," he said.