#111 Win a Five Star City and County Irish Getaway – Passports with Purpose – VIDEO

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.

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Fitzwilliam Hotel LobbyThe 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 GardenAdare 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.

Cottage FiresideBunratty 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.

Striking Coins at King John's CastleKing 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.

Ballynoe Stone Circle, County DownLough 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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Don’t Miss Our Interviews that Cover Adare and Dublin! >>


A special thanks to each of the businesses above, Celebrated Experiences, Clare Tourism and Shannon Heritage for generously responding to our request for support.
Photo Credits for this video:

anaxila, Bill Barber, David Blaikie, CAMERA MAD DOM, Gavin Clabaugh, Gatsby’s List, Gatsby’s List, Gatsby’s List, Gatsby’s List, Gavin Clabaugh, Frédéric, Pietro Izzo, Jen, Kevin King, Kman999, Kman999 , landhere, Gary McCafferty, Michal Osmenda, Pammie76, Philip Milne, Philip Milne, Miguel Librero, Pipete, Ralf Peter Reimann, Rob & Dawn ShrewsburyAlly Thacker, Beatrice Tiberi, UggBoy♥UggGirl [ PHOTO : WORLD : SENSE ]

Author: Corey

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  1. what fantastic offerings you’ve got for PWP – and for such a great cause! time to head to ireland again… 🙂

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  2. Fantastic Idea!!! What a great way to give a wee bit more than Thanks this season :0)
    Cheers to you both Lads!

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  3. I know it took a good bit work for you to put this prize together — maith thu!
    the winner will have a fantastic time — and if they want music suggestions to prepare for the trip, I’ll stand ready with advice…

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  4. What a wonderful cause. And the presentation video was fantastic, with the material well presented. Will repost. Thanks, Liam and Corey for all you do in revealing Ireland and its landscape to visitors and potential visitors.

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  5. Wow Guys!! this is a great idea and what a nice prize!!

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  6. Love your country! Have every intention of coming back again one day soon! Consider me entered in this contest! Come stay with us at Rivendell; c r accommodations; come visit us here soon!

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  7. What a great prize!

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  8. That Shannon region sounds great! It sure would be fun to Hug some of those Standing Stones and feel the energy! A cave in Doolin? I’m there!

    Great program to rebuild Dalit castle, it would be interesting to see some pictures of that place too. The before and after shots.

    So nice of the Irish Fireside to be a part of such a worthy project. Hat’s off to you both!

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  9. Donated my money last week. What a wonderful cause and such an amazing prize. Way to go Liam and Corey.

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  10. What a great thing they are doing. It is a great cause.

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  11. I Love that you guys are doing this this year. I made my donation the other day and am sure hoping to win.Thanks so much guys for all the hard work you do to bring all this great information and fun giveaways to us.

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  12. Made my donation yesterday…FINALLY!

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  13. I made my donation as soon as I heard about this. Thanks for doing this! It sounds like a wonderful program.

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  14. You guys really put togther a great prize package here! Good on ya for bringing attention to a worthy venture!

    Bright Blessings & Hugs,


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  15. Liam & Corey,

    My goodness, everything sounds so wonderful & what a Brilliant cause.
    Thanks for all you do. You truly are Santa’s in the making :o)


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  16. What an amazing prize package for such a wonderful cause!

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  17. Great idea! What a nice way to give back!

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  18. 3 credits for me! Thanks guys for bringing attention to this!

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  19. So you exceeded the goal? Was that a PWP goal or an Irish fireside goal?

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  20. PS… Congratulations! It is a good cause!

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