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Thursday 23 March 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# Vacation

All time
So it's summer and you're supposed to be 'bikini ready'? Don't believe a word of it
Cliona Byrne, a body confidence coach says you can learn to feel good in a swimsuit regardless of your shape and size.
# bon voyage
'We've really been milking this goodbye' - Obama makes final speech before heading on holiday
The former president is going on vacation to California with his wife Michelle.
# Your Say
Poll: Is the summer break for TDs too long?
They’ll be back in the Dáil on 27 September – should their holidays be shorter?
# disney resort
The body of the 2-year-old boy dragged underwater by an alligator has been found
The family were on holiday when the incident happened.
# Holidays
Hotel prices on the rise: How much is it to stay in some of the most popular Irish destinations?
The average room rate across the country is €116 a night.
# sponsored
Stay put - we've found 6 of the best places to 'staycation' in Ireland
You don’t have to go far at all to have a great holiday.
# Staycation
Open thread: Where is your favourite place in Ireland to go on holidays?
More people are choosing to stay in Ireland for their main holiday. Where should they go?
# Switching off
The Huffington Post's staff never have to check the emails they get while on holiday
We’d like a bit of this. Our post-holiday inbox scares us.
# big spenders
Travelling to Greece for a holiday? You'd better bring plenty of cash
Irish travel agents have warned people may have trouble taking out cash when they arrive.
# oh my
The internet can't stop talking about Chris Hemsworth's giant penis
# Your Say
Poll: Has the Germanwings disaster made you nervous about flying?
A Germanwings pilot made an emotional speech to nervous passengers this week to reassure them.
# nice gaffs
PHOTOS: Peek inside the most expensive Airbnb listings in Ireland
Fancy having a castle built in the 1480s all to yourself? It’ll cost you…
# fantasy vs reality
These hotels look nothing like the photos they post on their websites
Sometimes they’re not quite as spectacular in real life as the hotels would like you to think…
Opinion: Next year there will be no ‘family holiday’ – there will be a ‘staycation’
The only way to have a proper break is to leave the kids at home.
# love ireland
'Staycations' on the rise with Dublin, Cork and Galway proving most popular
Sure where else would you be going?
# Your Say
Poll: Will you be holidaying in Ireland this year?
Tourists love us, and want to keep coming back – but will you be staying here for your 2014 holidays?
# busman's holiday
Student makes inventive use of a school bus to take a holiday
Why didn’t we think of that?
Column: The truth is, I don’t like holidays all that much
Maybe it’s not normal for adults to feel homesick, but taking off and seeing my rainy but beautiful country reduced to a speck in the distance that always fills me with a deep sense of melancholy and loneliness, writes Ann-Marie Scully.
# Say Cheese
9 essential lessons from the world's worst holiday photos
You can avoid this horror.
# Holidays
Irish people spending an average of €1,000 while on holiday
A new survey shows that one in three are planning a sun holiday while 17 per cent will remain here for a ‘staycation’.
# Hotels
Romantic getaways helping over half of Irish hotels increase turnover
A new survey also showed that hoteliers have a more positive outlook about growth at their own business over the next year.
# Stabbing
Man arrested after young boy stabbed over 20 times on Greek vacation
The boy’s mother told police her son had gone to retrieve a stolen iPad and phone from the accused when he disappeared on Tuesday.
# Air Travel
Ryanair launches new Shannon route to Alicante
The Shannon to Alicante service has not operated since 2010.
# club 33
PICS: Inside Disneyland's super-exclusive $10k-a-year members' club
This one ain’t targeting the kids: it’s got a licence to sell alcohol.
# Dublin Airport
Passenger numbers at Dublin Airport up 2 per cent
An extra 360,000 passengers used Dublin Airport last year with an increase of 420,000 in international passengers.
# Tourism
Barna in Connemara most popular with Irish holidaymakers in 2012
Abbeyleix, Woodenbridge and Ballina also so significant increases in online searches by Irish people.
# Tourism
Potential for growth in tourism sector highlighted at Summer School
Leaders in the tourism sector highlighted paths for potential growth in the sector at the Garret FitzGerald Summer School in Killarney.
# Travel
Fewer visits to Ireland in early 2012
Meanwhile, Irish residents made 2.5 per cent fewer visits between January and March.
# work-life balance
Do you take all your holiday leave?
Survey claims that over half of respondents didn’t take all their annual leave days because they were too busy or under too much pressure at work.
# Tourism
Irish find value in 'staycations' since recession
A majority of Irish people in holiday survey think that prices have dropped enough in the recession to make Ireland a good-value destination.
# Staycation
I want to go, I want to get away...
But if I stay, I’d like to stay in Kerry.