Festival frenzy

COME summer time, there’s never a shortage of things to do around Ireland. Sometimes the best of festivals tended to go unnoticed but these days it’s easy to pick them on www.discoverireland.ie

The Mary of Dungloe Festival is perhaps one of the better known and this runs from July 24 to August 2. The organisers squeeze every last drop of energy from the participants in what is best described as a Fr Ted-esque beauty pageant.

For a festival with a more intimate feel, head for Charleville Castle in Tullamore for a boutique music and arts festival from July 31 to August 2.

The sunny south-east is a good place to go for the August bank holiday weekend to enjoy the Spraoi festival in Waterford. This three-day theatre and music party celebrates its 18th year.

Details of this and dozens more can be found on the above website.

PANORAMA Holidays is offering flight-only deals on its holiday charter flights out of Ireland and claims business is booming.

Indeed, the company believes clients will increasingly look to package holiday providers for flights and claims they offer more security and are often cheaper than low-cost carriers such as Ryanair.

The company has flight-only deals to destinations including the Canaries, Turkey, Cyprus, Portugal and the Balearics, with flights available from Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Knock airports. Online discounts are available. Details on 0818 202020, www.panoramaholidays.ie or any travel agent.

THE Spanish government seniors programme – for over 55s – continues to run and is expected to attract thousands of Irish clients to enjoy breaks of up to a month in the sun this year.

The packages, which include flights, four-star accommodation, meals and beverages (wine with meals), a daily entertainment programme, two free excursions in the area, travel insurance and all taxes, and transfers to and from the airport, cost from €455 for one week, €584 for two weeks, €778 for three weeks and €953 for four weeks.

Shandon Travel is one of just eight appointed agents nationwide and the destinations on offer are Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz, Majorca and Mallorca.

For further information contact Shandon Travel on 021-4277094 or visit www.travel247.ie

ONE of Ireland’s premier beachside hotels is setting the trend in innovative family staycation holidays this summer. The Garryvoe Hotel is offering a Scuba diving break for families.

The package comes in at €295 based on two adults per person sharing with two kids under 12 and includes three nights’ bed and breakfast with one evening meal on top of the diving lessons for the kids with fully certified PADI instructors.

Contact the hotel on 021-4646718 or log onto www.garryvoehotel.com.


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