Travel Tips: Mother’s Day Ideas 2014

27th March 2014
Pól Ó Conghaile

Big Laughs at Ballymaloe…

There is no better keeper of the Irish Mammy’s flame than Colm O’Regan.

The Cork-born author and comedian behind the @irishmammies Twitter account (129k followers and counting) has created such a powerful brand, it even sells tea-towels (or “tweet-towels” if you prefer) bearing mammy’s wisdom.

“Haven’t you enough gallivanting now for one week?”

Now, he’s made a show of mammy. ‘Ireland’s Got Mammies’ is at Ballymaloe Grainstore for one night only this Mother’s Day. Tickets from €20pp.

Details: Ballymaloe.ie; irishmammies.ie.

Rozanne Stevens’ Month of Meals

Chef and cookbook author Rozanne Stevens will host her latest fun and food filled courses, ‘A Month of Meals for Spring/Summer’ at the Miele Showroom in Citywest over two weekends, March 29/30 and April 26/27. The two-day course is priced at €195, takes place from 10.30am to 4pm each day, and features demonstrations of many of the 36 delicious family meals and sides featured, with plenty of interaction and tasting.

Details: RozanneStevens.com@MonthofMeals.

Crafts & Couture in Kilkenny…

Did you know that Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and Michelle Dockery of Downton Abbey have both been snapped with clutches co-designed by a Kilkenny jeweller lately?

Chesneau Heltzel minaudières are a collaboration between Rudolf Heltzel and Edmond Chesneau, and can be ordered at Heltzel’s Patrick Street store… or you could simply pay a visit as part of a weekend exploring Trail Kilkenny’s craft trail.

One night’s B&B at Zuni Hotel is priced at €85 per room, or €140 if you’d like to include an evening meal at Maria Raftery’s Zuni Restaurant.

Details: zuni.ie; trailkilkenny.ie. 

A Two-Night Mother’s Day…

Why limit Mother’s Day to 24 hours? Aherne’s of Youghal has two nights B&B plus dinner for two on one night from €160pp. The Blue Book townhouse and restaurant is offering late breakfast till 11am and a late checkout till 2pm too… valid until March 31st.

Details: ahernes.net; Irelands-blue-book.ie

Flavours of the Flaggy Shore…

Mother’s Day ideas don’t have to cost the earth. In fact, Mother’s Day could be made special with something as simple as a nice drive and an ice-cream.

Scooting down to the Spar for a Wibbly-Wobbly Wonder won’t cut it, of course. But what about a tour through the Burren to Clare’s Flaggy Shore, stopping off for a scoop or two of artisan ice-cream at the Linnalla Ice-Cream Café?

Bríd and Roger Fahy have a host of unusual flavours on offer here, including sea buckthorn, wild hazelnuts and gorse (‘Irish coconut’), and the café opens at weekends.

Details: burrenbeo.com; linallaicecream.ie

An Afternoon with Ronan Collins…

Ronan Collins is another man who has a way with the mammies… and his showband is performing at Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel in Dublin this Mother’s Day. The hotel’s special kicks off at 2pm with a four-course lunch, followed by a performance of songs and reminiscing from Collins and chums. It’s priced at €49.50pp (lunch only from €32pp).

Details: fitzpatrickcastle.com.

Pampering at The Cliff House Hotel…

There is no greater gift for a mum than quality time. That, and an afternoon of five-star pampering at the five-star Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co. Waterford.

The hotel’s Mother’s Day package kicks off with afternoon tea created by Michelin Star chef Martijn Kajuiter – a three-tiered delight including corned beef sandwiches, raisin and buttermilk scones, Ardmore carrot cake and white chocolate and lemon tart.

Afterwards, you can enjoy a Luxury Manicure in The Well Spa (a 55-minute treatment including a relaxing Hand and Arm Massage) while you sip on a glass of wine. The experience costs €130 for two, with overnights an additional €180 per room.

Details: thecliffhousehotel.com 

Grand Day in Belfast…

Have you been to see Titanic Belfast yet? Mother’s Day could be your chance. The iconic attraction is serving afternoon tea in the Titanic Suite – alongside its replica grand staircase from the great liner – at £25/€30pp or £31/€37pp with a glass of champagne. Sittings run from 12.20pm to 4pm, and there’s lots to do in the city before and after – from shopping at Victoria Square and the Lisburn Road to walks in Belfast Castle Estate.

Details: titanicbelfast.com; visit-belfast.com.

The West’s Awake…

The Wild Atlantic Way is the big tourism buzzword for 2014, and it starts in Kinsale. Why not mark Mother’s Day down to drive a stretch? The full route winds 2,500km to Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula, but somehow, we don’t think Mum will thank you for that. Better to take it handy, stopping off for lunch at the Blue Haven in Kinsale, or perhaps a bag of handmade Mella’s Fudge from Manning’s Emporium in Ballylickey…

Details: bluehavenkinsale.com; mellasfudge.com.

His & Hers at Ballygarry House…

Got young kids? March 30th is the perfect day to fob them off on the grandparents and check yourselves into Ballygarry’s Nádúr Spa. Couples booking a 60-minute facial for her (€90) and a 60-minute massage for him (€85) as part of the Tralee hotel’s Sunday Special get a free glass of wine or pint of beer in the Leebrook lounge afterwards.

Details: ballygarryhouse.com.