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Events

Looking Forward to... December with Ireland's Blue Book


It's the most wonderful time of the year, and we've put together some of the most wonderful events and activities going on around the country this December

Ireland's Blue Book Family

New to the Blue Book for 2019 – Introducing the Six Newest Members


New to the Blue Book for 2019 – Introducing the Six Newest Members

Ireland's Blue Book Family

Snowflakes, Christmas Cakes and Festive Breaks…. 6 Relaxing Twixmas Offers


Looking to get away for a relaxing break this winter? We've put together the best Blue Book offers for December

Food and Drink

9 Top Tips for Planning a Perfect Christmas Dinner - from Sallyanne Clarke


9 Top Tips for a Planning Perfect Christmas Dinner - from Sallyanne Clarke

Food and Drink

The Perfect Wine Pairing for Christmas Dinner


Every year, we find ourselves asking the same question: what is the perfect wine pairing for Christmas dinner? And the answer varies, based on what you’re cooking and indeed who you ask. For most people, Christmas is just not Christmas without turkey, and because it is not powerfully flavoured and has a low fat content, it generally pairs best with white wines, and if a light red is preferred, it should be low in tannin.

Recipes

Ballymaloe's Sticky Toffee Pudding


A delicious Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe from Ballymaloe House

Events

5 Festive Films to Enjoy at The Bushmills Inn


This December, Bushmills Inn will be hosting intimate screening of 5 festive favourites in their boutique cinema - The Still Room

Plan Your Trip

12 Great Ways to Use Your Voucher from Ireland’s Blue Book


The Blue Book contains beautiful country houses, hotels and restaurants all across Ireland, many set in idyllic scenic surroundings in some of the more rugged and isolated parts of this beautiful island.

Food and Drink

Christmas presents for food lovers


When it comes to Christmas presents for food lovers, there are so many options, from artisan smoked Irish salmon to Michelin starred meals and cookery courses.

Plan Your Trip

The Townhouse Suite at No.1 Pery Square, Limerick


Located on the top floor of No.1 is the Townhouse Suite, a generous and stylish suite complete with sweeping views of the city and the mountains of Clare, its own bar & dining area, comfy sofas and a large screen on which to watch all the latest movies.

Events

7 Elegant New Year’s Eve Galas, Parties and Balls to Ring in 2019 in Style


Planning for New Year's Eve always seems to be the last thing on peoples' to do lists during the festive season. Get planning early this year and see in 2019 at one of these stylish events.

Weddings

An Elegant Castle Wedding at Barberstown Castle


If you're looking for the perfect elegant venue to have your own "royal wedding", then Barberstown Castle could be the perfect place

History

The Library at Castle Leslie Estate


Castle Leslie Estate is one of the last great Irish castle estates still in the hands of its founding family, and houses a library that consists of about 2000 volumes built up over time from books acquired by (as well as works written by) the Bishop and the generations of Leslies who came after him.

Recipes

Sugar & Spice.....Festive Cocktails Recipes


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, so get into the festive cheer with these Christmas Cocktails.

Food and Drink

6 Festive Afternoon Teas


Throughout December, enjoy some seasonal favourites and joyful treats with there delectable festive afternoon teas in Blue Book Houses

Food and Drink

Dining in Dublin over the festive season


The finest private dining rooms, for private meetings, to season’s greetings.

Food and Drink

Ireland is your Oyster


The first of the native Irish oysters are appearing on menus around the country, and are being served in the Blue Book Houses

Plan Your Trip

Sweet Suite Luxury at Wineport Lodge, Athlone


After undergoing an extensive refurbishment, the Champagne Suite can now be called one of the premier hideaways in the country.

History

The Fascinating History of Barberstown Castle


10 thing you might not know about the history and famous residents of Barberstown Castle

Recipes

Traditional White Soda Bread from Ballymaloe House


Rosemary & Raisin Soda Bread from Ballymaloe

Recipes

Irish Coffee Recipe from Aherne's Townhouse


Irish Coffee Recipe from Aherne's Townhouse

Plan Your Trip

Soak up the Suds


Relax, unwind and float effortlessly in a calming and serene state, with these 5 Blissful Bathtubs from Ireland’s Blue Book.

History

Stepping Back in Time at Hilton Park


A one night stay at the beautiful Hilton Park - a magnificent stately home in Monaghan

Plan Your Trip

Top 10 Tips for a Pet-Friendly Blue Book Holiday!


Who better to go on holiday with than Man's Best Friend?

Food and Drink

Game On


As the evenings, dare we mention it, get a bit shorter, the colder months have their compensations. Although we may complain about the weather, the punctuation of four distinct seasons means that things never get monotonous. And when it comes to food, one of the things that really heralds the warming dishes of the cooler months is the start of the game season.

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