Looking for a dirty weekend? Here are some romantic ideas

Stoke up romance and book a getaway together in Ireland, away from the madding crowds. Pamper yourselves in a spa, have your fill of love in a top class restaurant, or get dreamy under the stars on a romantic moonlight paddle.

Looking for a dirty weekend? Here are some romantic ideas

Take out a poetic love licence

Be a true romantic and recite dreamy poetry to your darling on a loved up break at the Cork Spring Poetry Festival, (February 11-14).

Open your hearts at inspiring poetry readings from renowned poets including Grace Wells and Gabriel Rosenstock. And in between romantic sonnets explore the splendid sights of lovely Cork city.

The Imperial Hotel in the middle of the city has a spa retreat package for €99. T 021 47306622.

Make it a sweet (heart) escape

Chocolate is the food of love - so make sure your sweetheart stays sweet on a romantic Valentine’s break in Carlow taking in a visit to Chocolate Garden of Ireland in Tullow.

The Merrion Hotel, Dublin,has chocolate-themed stays from €239 per room per night. www.merrionhotel.com .

Or if you want the perfect place to pop the question, The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin, has a stay-over in the five star penthouse, a real VIP package including personal butler, a consultation with Boodles, vintage pink champagne, her favourite blooms in the room, your favourite song playing and a tasting menu paired with wines served in the Penthouse by Michelin starred Thorntons Restaurant. www.fitzwilliamhoteldublin.com  for full details.

See the stars in Kerry

Reach for the stars and make a date at the Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve, the only Gold Tier reserve in the northern hemisphere.

Situated on the Ring of Kerry the reserve takes in Cahersiveen, Valentia Island, Waterville, Caherdaniel and Ballinskelligs.

For a romantic setting you won’t get much better than Aghadoe Heights, they have a special package, including two nights B&B, chocolate-dipped strawberries, five course candlelit dinner, a jaunting cart picnic ride in the National Park. From €258pps. www.aghadoeheights.com

Be blown away in Clare

Sweep him or her off their feet on a visit to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare along the Wild Atlantic Way. Get high on love as you gaze out at the magnificent Atlantic and feast your eyes on the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and the Maumturks in Connemara.

Light up your love with a moonlight kayak

Head for the South East of Ireland - steeped in history. After a day hand-in-hand exploring the picturesque fishing village of Ardmore in Co Waterford lap up the magical sounds of the bay on a gentle and dreamy nighttime kayak with Ardmore Adventures.

Feed your love!

Sign up for a Dublin Fab Food Trail where your heart will be racing on tempting visits to bakeries, street markets, cheesemongers, delicatessens and local producers.

Trails run year round but there is a special Food Trail scheduled for Valentine’s Day.

Or why not treat yourselves like royalty and escape for a regal, romantic weekend to an Irish castle. Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel have a Cupid’s Castle package including candlelit dinner in your room, heart-shaped cookies and hot chocolate and breakfast in bed from €160 per person. www.fitzpatrickcastle.com

Have a dirty weekend

On February 14 in Tullow, Co Carlow 1,500 daring souls will brave the toughest of challenges when they set off from the start line for the 2015 Valentine Muckfest.

Challenge yourself to 5 kilometers of extreme cross-country running, obstacles and muck - lots of muck! To enter: www.endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=10815952

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French airline Europe Airpost is to operate a new direct scheduled summer service between Dublin and Halifax, Novia Scotia.

The new route will boost Canadian tourism to Ireland and also offer a new direct destination for Irish consumers. The new service will operate weekly from July 9 until September 11 with flights departing Dublin on Thursdays and from Halifax on Fridays. Details: www.europeairpost.com


Air Transat, Canada’s leading leisure airline, has announced a seat sale on flights from Dublin to Canada from now until February 10.

The airline provides direct flights from Dublin to Toronto and Montreal. Return Eco Class flights from Dublin to Toronto start from €452 and Montreal from €472. www.airtransat.ie


Crystal Alfresco are offering 25% discount off European mobile home holidays for June and July departures. The company has a choice of 68 camping parks spread throughout France, Spain and Italy. Call 01-4331056 or visit www.crystalalfresco.ie


www.GoHop.ie  has a range of sunshine breaks for families during the mid-term break.Three nights in the Barcelona Travelodge Hospitalet on a room only basis comes in from €133. Breaks in Lanzarote and Tenerife are between €350 and €450. www.GoHop.ie


Salzburg enters 2015 celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music. The movie was filmed on location in the city and surrounding countryside during 1964 and opened on March 2, 1965, in America and on March 29 in the UK. Visitors during this important anniversary year can see the stage show on which the film was based and enjoy a variety of Sound of Music themed attractions. www.salzburg.info  or www.salzburgerland.com

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