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Whether you have given your bar­beque its first ser­vice of the year, or are in the process of un­earthing your warm weather clothes, there is no doubt that the Sum­mer is here, and with it the prom­ise of hol­i­days. With tourism num­bers ever in­creas­ing and ser­vices and ac­tiv­i­ties ris­ing up to meet de­mand, there has never been a bet­ter time to choose a stay­ca­tion.

We’re not the only ones think­ing of shun­ning air­plane jour­neys and white sandy beaches for the short jour­ney and crys­tal clear wa­ter of home this year. Failte Ire­land’s Tourism Barom­e­ter in Novem­ber of last year pre­dicted an­other stel­lar year for do­mes­tic Ir­ish tourism. 65% of ho­tels sur­veyed re­ported an in­crease in do­mes­tic guests in 2016 and two thirds of those sur­veyed pre­dict that Ir­ish peo­ple hol­i­day­ing at home will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on their bot­tom line for 2017.

Ire­land is at its best dur­ing the warmer months, where beaches glis­ten and new growth shoots across our moun­tain­sides. From the Wild At­lantic Way to the ma­jes­tic beauty of our North­ern coasts; from An­cient his­tory across our East­ern boarder to a play­ground for foodies and fam­i­lies in the south, our is­land of­fers a plethora of hol­i­day op­tions for those of us who care to travel.

From Con­nemara to Cork City, there is some­thing for ev­ery­one here at home, just wait­ing to be dis­cov­ered. This sum­mer, pack up the car and buy a map be­cause this is the sum­mer of ad­ven­ture and we are go­ing to show you how to do it.

Bally­bunion, Co. Kerry

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