#111 Win a Five Star City and County Irish Getaway – Passports with Purpose
The Irish Fireside is thrilled to participate in this year’s Passports With Purpose. Travel bloggers like us from around the world have donated prizes to this fundraiser. Travel blog readers like you are encouraged to donate to Passports with Purpose. This year’s Passports With Purpose will benefit Land for Tillers’ Freedom (LAFTI), a non-profit organization that is focused on changing the conditions of the Dalit caste… also known as India’s “untouchables.” For each $10 contribution, you gain an entry into the prize of your choice (entries close at midnight PST on Dec 13, 2010).
The Irish Fireside Prize:
A Four-Night City and Country Getaway in Ireland
Includes two nights at the five star Fitzwilliam Hotel in Dublin, two nights at the five star Adare manor in “Ireland’s Prettiest Village,” and free admission to eight of Ireland’s premiere Shannon Region attractions including Brian Boru Heritage Centre, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Craggaunowen, Doolin Cave & Visitor Centre, Dunguaire Castle, King John’s Castle, Knappogue Castle & Walled Garden, Lough Gur, and Vandeleur Walled Garden.
The Fitzwilliam Hotel boasts Dublin’s most prestigious location with the tranquility and calm of St Stephen’s Green to one side, and to the other, Grafton Street, Dublin’s finest shopping avenue. Newly refurbished, the Fitzwilliam offers the city’s newest five-star guestrooms at a location only a short walk to Trinity College, Temple Bar, the hop on/off tour bus and the city’s fine museums, restaurants and other attractions.
Adare Manor is situated in Adare, often called “the prettiest village in Ireland” because of its thatched cottages, riverside abbeys, quaint shops and gorgeous parks. Located in the countryside of County Limerick, the destination is complete with an 18 hole championship golf course, luxurious treatment rooms and world-class dining facilities.
This prize includes two nights luxury accommodation in a standard room in the Manor House for two and includes a full Irish breakfast each morning (valid Monday-Thursday, expires Oct 20, 2011).
In addition to the village of Adare, Ireland’s Shannon Region is home to some of Ireland’s most interesting sites, and our prize includes free admission to:
Brian Boru Heritage Centre – Killaloe, County Clare – Celebrating Celtic Ireland, this site focuses on Brian Boru, the 10th Century High King of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity to Ireland.
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park – Bunratty, County Clare – Providing a window to Ireland’s past, a visit to Bunratty includes a restored 15th Century Castle and a Folk Park that vividly recreates 19th Century life in Ireland.
Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience & O’Brien’s Tower – County Clare – A visit to the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher is made even more interesting with a stop at the new visitor centre which offers insight into the various sea birds, wildlife and natural features of the Cliffs as well as a wonderful café and giftshop. A climb to the top of O’Brien’s Tower offers cliffside views of the Atlantic and the Irish countryside. The Cliffs of Moher are also finalists for the New 7 Wonders of the World… have you voted yet?
Craggaunowen – Quinn, County Clare – This award-winning Living Past Experience features an ancient crannog dwelling, ring fort and the leather-hulled boat Tim Severin sailed across the Atlantic to re-enact the voyage of St. Brendan, who may have “discovered” America centuries before Columbus.
Doolin Cave & Visitor Centre – Doolin, County Clare – One of Europe’s most compelling cave attractions, Doolin Cave is a truly authentic experience. In addition to the unique opportunity to view a large, free hanging stalactite, Doolin Cave is located near the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and the village of Doolin, Ireland’s traditional music capital.
Dunguaire Castle – Kinvara, County Clare – The restored castle on the shores of Galway Bay offers an insight into the lifestyle of the people who lived from 1520 to modern times.
King John’s Castle – Limerick, County Limerick – Located in the heart of medieval Limerick City on the shores of the Shannon River, the 13th Century castle brings 800 years of history to life with views of excavated pre-Norman buildings, battlement walks and a mint showing how Ireland’s first coins were made.
Knappogue Castle & Walled Garden – Quin, County Clare – Medieval Ireland comes to life in the restored castle and garden at Knappogue, the namesake of the popular Irish whiskey.
Lough Gur – near Bruff & Kilmallock, County Limerick – One of Ireland’s most significant archaeological sites with artifacts dating to 3,000 BC, remains of a 10th Century farmstead.
Vandeleur Walled Garden – Kilrush, County Clare – Redesigned around the old path system and specializing in unusual and tender plants that thrive in the area’s unique micro-climate, the garden was once a part of Kilrush House and Estate. There are a variety of areas for the visitors pleasure including unusual water features, a tree collection, horizontal maze, summer house and glass house. This gift includes admission and light lunch for two.
Irish Folk Tours – Dublin – Two complimentary passes for “An Evening of Food, Folklore and Fairies,” a true Irish storytelling experience in the Brazen Head Pub which claims to be Ireland’s Oldest. Hear more about our experience there in Podcast Episode #49
Irish Fireside Welcome Package – Includes a packet of Ireland-related goodies for the prize winner, as well as pre-trip planning and support (we’ll be adding the specifics of the Welcome Package a little later).
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