From Connemara walks to movies in Cork

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Connemara calling

The Connemara Mountain Walking Festival returns this May, offering a series of exhilarating excursions, talks, music, and celebrations throughout Leenane. Now in its 11th year, the festival celebrates the cultural tapestry of the area and has something to suit every ability. Book your May Bank Holiday adventure now at Prices for one day start from €35 with a 10 per cent discount for groups of 10 or more, and all proceeds will go towards local charities.

Green fingers

Mount Congreve Gardens in Kilmeaden, Co Waterford have reopened to the public this month. Home to 70 acres of designed gardens including a four-acre walled garden, winding walking paths and the largest collection of Rhododendrons in the world, there's something for the entire family here. The Easter Egg Hunt, new Wellness and Mindfulness Festival this summer and Kitchen Garden Supper are just a few of the events taking place at the gardens this year. Visit for more.

Mother’s stay

For mums who enjoy a holistic experience, treat her to a special Mother's Day at BrookLodge & Macreddin Village. Enjoy a one-hour Rejuvenating Vitamin E Flourish Organic Facial for two at The Wells Spa, a complimentary Flourish Organic Vitamin E Cream to take home, full use of The Thermal Suite and dinner in The Strawberry Tree, Ireland's first certified organic restaurant and an overnight stay with breakfast from €179 pps. Book now at

Movie magic

The Montenotte Hotel, overlooking Cork city, has launched a special package for film buffs and movie lovers this month. Cosy up in the chic boutique bolthole on the city's northside and enjoy a screening in its in-house theatre, The Cameo. Each movie package includes an overnight stay for two in a king sized room, full Irish buffet breakfast, a three-course meal on one of the evenings in its Panorama Bistro & Terrace, entry into The Cameo theatre for two and a cocktail of the month starting from €199 for two persons sharing. This month's screenings include The Commitments and The Young Offenders, screening St Patrick's weekend. Visit for more.