The recent roadmap out of lockdown announced by the UK government has left all travel enthusiastic folk like ourselves feeling more than just a little positive about our prospects of a holiday later in 2021
Unfortunately the current restrictions mean that, right now, much-needed getaways aren’t quite possible, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy ourselves at home!
St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and whilst many in the UK would ordinarily be out celebrating in style, this year the focus is on how to toast the occasion without leaving your house…
Foodies everywhere will surely agree that the best way to truly get a taste of a particular destination is to sample some of its delicious local cuisine. There’s certainly no stopping you from rustling up some old Irish favourites from your kitchen like an Irish stew, a full Irish breakfast (essentially a full English breakfast with the addition of both black and white pudding), or soda bread for any bakers out there.
If home cooking isn’t particularly your bag, you could always pick up a few Ireland-themed treats from your local supermarket to enjoy when 17th March arrives.
Anyone that has visited The Emerald Isle before will know that the locals enjoy a beverage or two to wash down some of their finest delicacies. Perhaps the most popular and well known Irish tipples are Guinness and Jameson whiskey – and visits to their factories in Dublin are most certainly must-dos when travelling is back on the cards!
So grab a few cans and a bottle of Ireland’s finest for the perfect liquid companion to your stew and soda bread St Patrick’s Day supper.
You’ll often find that the TV schedule is awash with Irish films and TV programmes in the run up to the country’s special day, and selecting a spot on the sofa to enjoy some light-themed fun is a great way to celebrate it in style.
From popular films such as Waking Ned Devine, The Commitments and Sing Street to widely acclaimed television series including Father Ted, Mrs Brown’s Boys and The Fall, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting something to watch in the comfort of your own home.
As is the case with many countries, Ireland is a nation with many sport-mad supporters that love nothing more than to see their team succeed, and whilst fans are, of course, not permitted to attend sporting arenas at present, there’s still no shortage of drama to enjoy via your television set.
There are a range of Irish Premier Division football fixtures on the weekend that follows St Patrick’s Day, the Cheltenham Festival takes place from Tuesday 16th – Friday 19th March and will feature many Irish jockeys and trainers, whilst Ireland’s rugby team face Scotland and then England on the weekends either side of the special day.
So you’ve got your Irish juices flowing and now can’t stop thinking about that next city break across the water, and what better day to get everything you want to do and see added into your itinerary than St Patrick’s Day?
Whether you’re looking to take a trip to the bustling, vibrant cities of Dublin and Belfast, or to quieter but no less authentic areas such as Galway, Cork or Sligo, take a look at all the things you’d like to do there, jot it all down and get yourself ready and raring to go form when travel is back on the cards once more!>
Better yet, don’t just plan in your next Irish city break, why not actually go ahead and book it! In light of the recent announcement regarding our roadmap out of lockdown, many wannabe holidaymakers have been busy booking trips to destinations near and far, with the expectation that travel will be possible a little later this year.
Remember that when booking package trips such as the many found on icelolly.com, your money is most often far better protected, and a lot of the companies that advertise their deals on our website offer refund guarantees and flexible payment options.
So don’t delay, get your Irish city break all planned and booked in today!