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Sunday 5 February 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Holidays

All time
# holibobs
15 things that will always happen on an Irish country holiday
Ah, the short, cold, Irish summer.
# having a giraffe
An Irish couple on holiday just scored the greatest photobomb
Oh hai!
# holiday porn
PHOTOS: Step inside one of the world's most luxurious river cruise ships
The SS Maria Theresa: Three decks, an elevator, 75 rooms, €10,729 a pop.
# system down
Flying with Ryanair this weekend? You better check-in early
The airline says passengers need to check-in well before they’re meant to fly out.
# Hotdogs
9 annoying holiday photos that are clogging up your timeline right now
*blocks everyone*
# best little country
It looks like it's going to be a bumper year for Irish tourism
538,000 tourists have poured in so far this year.
# Cheque Cashing
Civil servants union wants an extra four and a half days holidays
“The private sector people are looking at it with their jaws dropped.”
# Up In The Air
10 simple tips to make flying that bit easier
Make the travelling as pain free as possible.
# best little country
Brits and Americans are queuing up to get into Ireland
It’s good news for the tourism industry as trips to Ireland increase by 13.5%.
# Well for some
Get jealous - a heatwave in Spain and Portugal just reached 43 degrees
www.google.com > “cheap flights ireland spain please help”
# beaches be trippin'
16 Irish beaches you must visit before you die
99 problems but a beach ain’t one.
# sponsored by brittany ferries
5 hidden gems in Brittany to discover with the family
Planning your summer holidays? Put France on the list.
# Holliers
8 cheap and cheerful Ryanair destinations to visit this summer
For the frugal among you.
# dream of sun
These are the top 10 beaches in Ireland*
*According to Tripadvisor, at least.
# Bucket List
9 amazingly lavish hotel suites that will have you dreaming of your next holiday
Well, you might want to win the Lotto first. But we can dream.
# Holidays
Anti-social behaviour on Dublin's streets 'isn't putting tourists off'
Minister Paschal Donohoe said that Ireland is “a very safe destination” for tourists.
Voices
Column: Christmas expectations vs reality
Real Christmas trees, trips to see Santa, and snow – these are all much better in your head.
Voices
Opinion: Breaking up (around Christmas) is hard to do
Ending a relationship at this time of year can magnify the perception that everyone else is having a great time with their loved ones.
Voices
Opinion: The 'perfect' Christmas doesn't exist – so take the pressure off
We insist on buying (literally) into the lie of perfection.
Voices
Opinion: How to plan for a stress-free Christmas
A little forethought can take a lot of the stress out of the season for one and all.
# airbnb
Why stay in a hotel when you can rent a boat?
Take a look around some of the boats on offer on Airbnb.
# enjoy your stay
11 utterly unique hotels that will make you rethink your holiday plans
Take everything you thought you knew about hotels and throw it out the window.
Voices
Column: Embrace your inner zombie – eat some pumpkin brains
Once you’ve scooped out Jack’s brains and carved a face on him don’t throw out what’s left over – it’s immensely edible and nutritious.
# would you ever cop on?
Irish lead the world for not tolerating bad mobile phone manners
“Turn that off – NOW”
# Wanderlust
11 once-in-a-lifetime winter holiday experiences to make your friends jealous
Weather getting you down? Here are some dreams.
# along came a spider
This is the absolute worst story about a spider you'll ever hear
Like, the actual worst.
# Elections
You could soon be able to vote while on your holidays
There’s nothing like missing a good vote to make you homesick.
# Holliers
More people are choosing Ireland as their holiday destination
New figures from CSO show visitor numbers up again.
# like a virgin
Richard Branson is giving his staff as much time off as they like
Here’s why.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you take a break from your mobile phone when on holiday?
Do you find it difficult to switch off?
Voices
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.
# Out of office
This company has a radical new strategy for work emails on holiday
It’s called “DELETE ALL”
# LAST-MINUTE PLANS
10 airport exercises to help you stay fit on holidays
Isometric push-ups and more solid pieces of advice on what to try.
# Holidays
18 unique travel destinations that will make you want to book a holiday immediately
We’re all going on a summer holiday.
# Holi-dáil
Dáil over: TDs are off on their summer holidays* and won't return until the middle of September
*Sorry, constituency work. Senators are also off for eight weeks too.
# buggin'
Irish couple runs through a swarm of locusts, just for the craic
A video of biblical proportions.
# thinking of a holiday
The 50 places in Europe you need to visit in your lifetime
And they’re just about right on your doorstep.
# Making A Splash
How much cash do Irish people spend on preening before a holiday?
A survey found that 71% of Irish women say getting a bikini wax is a top priority.
# Holidays
What's the most popular foreign destination for the Irish?
Hint: It’s not that far from home.
Voices
Opinion: Bon Voyage! How to write an effective out of office message
Off on holidays? One final task before you hit the high road, setting your ‘out of office’ message. Hurray!