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Suggestions for a family holiday in Ireland

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Suggestions for a family holiday in Ireland

Hi Folks,

I'm seeking suggestions for destinations in Ireland (south of). Am from the north myself and last year we went for two weeks in Moville in Donegal, which was great but would like to go somewhere with a bit more to do around it.

We have kids aged 3, 5 and then three aged 15 - 19 so ideally we want somewhere that has a bit of nightlife to it and has some amusements or other things to do with the younger kids. I would consider just a out anything from Eurocamp style campsites to renting apartments/ a cottage near a town or city.

Can anyone suggest anything? As I say my criteria would be that there is a bit of life about the place for the older kids, things to do for the younger ones, probably not a million miles from the coast if possible (though that's not a deal breaker) and is not Dublin City. Appreciate any suggestions at all. Thanks.

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Would you consider Salthill in County Galway?

There is a pretty good selection of self catering options available, and it has the advantage of being a seaside area just a stone's throw from the lovely city of Galway.


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2. Re: Suggestions for a family holiday in Ireland

Galway definitely.Start your research and.you'll see why.Kerry too but a longer drive from the north.

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You could also look at Co. Waterford. There is loads to do from an activity point of view. Maybe use Tramore as a beach resort base and travel around from there. Tramore has a beautiful long beach which is ideal for long walks, it also has 2 surf schools, arcades and ammusements for the younger ones, lovely costal drives and some stunning little secluded beaches along the coast road. There are some lovely horseriding trecks nearby too


For the 3 & 5 year olds Run amuck indoor play centre is excellent. there is also a pottery barn and lazerblast in the same complex for the older ones and pirates bay in the same business park which has bowling, indoor crazy golf etc.


Waterford city is only 15minutes drive away and while Tramore has plenty restaurants, pubs and clubs the city has even more and shopping too, of course!

There is lots to do in the south east - within an hours drive you can visit the Medeval city of Kilkenny, and do some shopping. Dunmore east has a fantastic adventure centre with rock climbing, windsurfing etc

http://www.dunmoreadventure.com/ (also worth considering if Tramore is a bit too touristy for you - Dunmore east is a lovely fishing village with everything you could need for a lovley family holiday)

Kennedy Park and the stunning Hook lighthouse in co Wexford (There is an excellent scuba diving school in Hook if you or the older kids are interested in a try-dive). The hook is one of my favourite places in the world - every season is diffefent: Diving in April to October can be somewhat cold but teeming with fish, friendly seals etc, Whales often seen off hook in winter months, great fishing, Lovely beach in nearby Baginbun, stunning views perfect for photographers and an operational lighthouse to explore. Highly recommend it!!


About 1.5 hours would get you to the Mitchelstown caves


and Fota Island wildlife park in co. Cork also worth a day trip.


Should keep everybody occupied for a couple of weeks!

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Thanks for the help folks will have a dig and post a review of wherever we end up.

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