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Enjoy a last minute summer escape at Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel

Added: 28/07/14 : 14:49:33

The summer holidays are flying by but there is still time to enjoy a fantastic family break! Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney has a great value package available for families keen to enjoy a summer escape before the new school term starts in September!

From just €499, families (based on 2 adults & two children under 12) will enjoy a three night break with full Irish breakfast each morning and dinner on one evening during their stay. Guests will be treated to wine and chocolates in their room upon arrival as well as a family pass for an exciting Dublin Bay Cruise, Dublin Zoo visit or entry to Airfield, Dundrum.

Families can travel from Dun Laoghaire to Dalkey Island or Dublin Bay with Dublin Bay Cruises, perfect for admiring the stunning Irish coastline at 5pm or from Dun Laoghaire at 9am  to Dublin City Centre, offering a quirky commute into town. While on board families will enjoy a choice of soft drinks, tea or coffee.

Alternatively guests can avail of a Family pass to Dublin Zoo or Airfield, Dundrum, Dublin’s only 38 acre working farm that is open to the public. On the beautiful estate guests will find an array of features including a heritage expierience, vintage car display, farm centre and three acre food gardens, woodlands and cafe.

Families can also make the most of the hotel’s prime location during their stay with the blue flag Killiney beach (just one of four blue flag beaches in Dublin) located just a short walk away, perfect for a family day out. The hotel will also provide packed lunches for families on the move to make life easier and a Children’s Club will run during August offering lots of games and fun activities.

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel is located just a stone’s throw from Dalkey and enjoys stunning views over Dublin Bay. The hotel has 113 luxurious bedrooms and suites, 2 award winning restaurants and a 20m swimming pool, within its fully equipped fitness centre. The hotel is also located within easy reach of Dalkey dart station, making it the perfect base for families hoping to explore Dublin city centre during their stay.

To book your action packed family summer break contact Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel on (01) 2305 400 or email

Kids go free on Irish Ferries

Added: 28/05/14 : 18:37:53

Irish Ferries are going ‘Family-Friendly’ as they roll out a Kids Go Free offer effective on all of their routes to Britain this year and into 2015.
Following on from their successful ‘+1 Free’ passenger offer, their Kids Go Free arrangement means Mum and Dad are the only ones who pay when families travel by car on Irish Ferries services from Dublin to Holyhead and Rosslare to Pembroke.  Kids under five are free too.
Not limited by numbers, all children up to the age of 15 can travel free-of-charge on all Irish Ferries sailings throughout 2014 and up to January 30th 2015.  That includes weekend sailings, peak July & August holidays, school mid-terms and even the Christmas & New Year period.

The offer applies to new motorist bookings only made before June 30th next.  Further detailed information and bookings can be made online at or by telephoning 1818 300 400.