Go Free


* UK-based company Golfbreaks.comis giving a free golf club to anyone who books a holiday at an Irish resort for a group of four or more players before the end of February.

The TaylorMade Rescue 11 club goes to the person who makes the booking. Among the deals are three nights BB for the price of two at the K-Club in Straffan, Co Kildare in March (Sunday to Thursday) for £249 (€298.80) per person including two rounds of golf.

Two nights BB at Fota Island in west Cork in April and May costs £169 (€202.80) and includes two rounds of golf. In large groups one in eight stays and plays free and groups get a free shared buggy.

Catch: Prepare for club envy as other members of the group watch you swing your shiny new TaylorMade Rescue 11 on the fairway.

Take note: See golfbreaks.comfor more deals to Irish golf resorts.

* Okay, so it’s not entirely free, but if you buy Heritage Island’s Ireland’s Visitor Attractions Guidefor €6.99, including post and packing, you can get two for the price of one discounts at a long list of stately homes, museums and other tourist attractions around the country.

The attractions include the Little Museum of Dublin and Number Twenty Nine, the Georgian house museum, both in Dublin, National Sea Life Centre in Bray, Russborough House in Wicklow, the Irish National stud and the Japanese gardens in Kildare, Ailwee Caves in Clare, Westport House and Gardens in Mayo, Blarney Castle in Cork and Armagh Planetarium.

Discounts are valid for a year and you can use it as many times as you want in that period by presenting the guide at receptions.

Catch:It is only valid for up to two people travelling together.

Take note:Some attractions such as the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship in Dublin (above) and Kilruddery House and Gardens near Bray, Co Wickow give 10-25 per cent discounts, while others such as Powerscourt Gardens in Wicklow give money off upon presentation of the guide. You can buy the guide at Dublin and Shannon airports, tourist offices or online at heritageisland.com.