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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 > “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.
Column: Christmas expectations vs reality
Real Christmas trees, trips to see Santa, and snow – these are all much better in your head.
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.
Opinion: The 'perfect' Christmas doesn't exist – so take the pressure off
We insist on buying (literally) into the lie of perfection.
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.
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?
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”
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.
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!