Holiday cheer in Ireland


Christmas and the days leading up to the holiday are a magical time to visit Ireland, according to Siobhan Byrne Learat, founder of Adams & Butler, a Dublin-based company selling trips to Ireland. 

“The Irish go all out for Christmas with décor and celebrations, and the mood is cheerful and generous,” she said. “And over the years, it has become more of a cultural holiday for us than a religious one.”  

Learat said that while pubs and restaurants throughout the country are full of revelers, hotels have a lull in business, which means that enticing, amenity-inclusive holiday deals abound.  

— Lynott Tours has a seven-night Ireland Bed and Breakfast Christmas package that includes accommodations in your choice of more than 400 locations throughout Ireland, breakfast, a rental car and round-trip airfare on Aer Lingus from a dozen cities in the United States including Boston, Los Angeles and New York to Dublin International Airport. Valid from Dec. 21 to 29. From $1,568 a person. Book by calling 800-221-2474 or emailing ireland@lynotttours.com.  

— Authentic Ireland offers a four-night Christmas in Ireland package, which includes accommodations in two upscale castle hotels, Abbeyglen Castle and Contarf Castle. Breakfast and a rental car are also included. Valid from Dec. 24 to 28. From $1,648 a person. Book by calling 888-443-5259.  

— The upscale Adare Manor in County Limerick offers a two-night, family-friendly Christmas Beyond Everything


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