Sunday 2 February 2020

What is your favourite Irish staycation memory of 2020?

Closing Date: Sunday November 01 2020

What is your favourite Irish staycation memory of 2020?
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What type of memories are we looking for?

Well... what have you got? It could be a day out, an unforgettable meal, a brisk walk or a simple ice-cream. It could be a special place, a person who made your day, a great hotel or self-catering stay. It could have happened in spring, summer or autumn. The most important thing is what felt special to you.

Tell us what made it so special in less than 200 words and share a photo, and you could be in with a chance to win one of eight great home holidays to take when we can travel freely once again! 

Your entry may be published in the Irish Independent's Weekend Magazine, online on and on the Independent Travel social media platforms.

To enter, simply complete the form below.

Here are the amazing prizes up for grabs!

  • Magic at Monart

A two-night spa break, with B&B, one gourmet evening meal and a 60-minute spa treatment for two at Monart, Co Wexford.

  • Layover at the Lodge

A romantic, two-night break for two adults with dinner on one evening at the Lodge at Ashford Castle.

  • Kick back at the K Club

A two-night stay with breakfast on both mornings and dinner on one evening at this elegant five-star resort in Co Kildare.

  • Fota opportunity

A two-night break for two people at five-star Fota Island Resort, Co Cork, with breakfast each day and dinner on one evening.

  • Galgorm getaway

A deluxe night away with breakfast, a private bathing experience and access to the thermal village.

  • Relax at the RIVER LEE

A two-night stay with dinner on one evening in the Grill Room at the RIVER LEE HOTEL in Cork.

  • Cliff House escape

Enjoy two nights at the five-star Cliff House Hotel in Co Waterford, with a Michelin star dinner on one evening.

  • Blue Book beauty

An overnight stay for two with dinner in Ballymaloe House, in beautiful East Cork.;

Good luck!

Terms & Conditions

By entering this competition, you are agreeing to these terms and conditions and consent to your data being managed in accordance with our Privacy Statement.

Prize Specific Terms and Conditions

1. The competition is the Reader Travel Awards Staycation Series competition.

2. There are eight prizes available. These are the provided by the “Prize Providers”.

3. The competition opens on 24th October 2020 and closes on 1st November 2020 at midnight.

4. You can enter by completing this form.

5. Each winner will be contacted by INM within 20 days of the closing date. Your details may need to be shared with the individual company who will contact you to arrange your prize.

6. Winner’s details will be passed to the relevant Prize Provider who will make direct contact. INM & the Prize Providers are Data Controllers in their own right for the chosen winners.

7. For full terms and conditions, see below.

Prize 1: Monart Spa - A two-night spa break, with deluxe accommodation, breakfast and one gourmet evening meal for two adults. Also enjoy unrestricted use of the Thermal Spa facilities. Also includes 1 x 60 minute treatment for each guest. Prize specific T&Cs apply:Treatment subject to availability.

Prize 2: The Lodge at Ashford Castle - A romantic two-night break for two adults with dinner at the hotel’s fabulous Quay Bar & Brasserie.

Prize 3: K Club - A two-night stay with breakfast on both mornings and dinner on one night of your choice in the Barton restaurant. Prize specific T&Cs apply: Prize is 1 X 2BB1D for 2 x adults, subject to availability, not valid Bank Holidays, Easter, Christmas & New Years.

Prize 4: Fota Island Resort - A two-night break for two at Fota Island Resort, Cork with breakfast each morning and dinner one evening in Fota Restaurant. Prize specific T&Cs apply: Prize is 2BB1D for 2 adults, subject to availability, non-transferable and not valid for Christmas, New Year’s Eve or bank holiday weekends.

Prize 5: Cliff House Hotel - A two-night getaway staying in one of the beautiful guest rooms with stunning views of Ardmore Bay. The prize includes dinner on one evening in The House Restaurant, the hotel's one Michelin starred restaurant focusing on the best of Irish seafood. Prize specific T&Cs apply: Subject to availability, non-transferable, not valid on Bank Holidays, Christmas, New Years or bank holiday weekends.

Prize 6: Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort - A one night stay in a deluxe guestroom with breakfast plus, enjoy a private bathing experience and access to the Thermal Village. Prize specific T&Cs apply: Voucher valid Sunday – Friday, excluding public holidays. Subject to availability and valid until October 2021.

Prize 7: RIVER LEE Hotel - A two-night stay with breakfast each morning and dinner on one evening in the handsome surroundings of The Grill Room. Prize specific T&Cs apply: Subject to availability, non-transferable, not valid on Bank Holidays, Christmas, New Years or bank holiday weekends.

Prize 8: Ireland's Blue Book - a luxury overnight stay in Ballymaloe House in Cork, with dinner, bed and breakfast for two people sharing. Prize specific T&Cs apply: Subject to availability No cash in lieu of voucher.

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16.   Prizes are non-transferable and may not be re-sold  If a prize is unavailable due to circumstances out of INM’s control, INM will take all reasonable steps to substitute the prize with a suitable alternative.  No cash alternative will be awarded in lieu of stated prize(s).
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18.   The promotion may also be declared void should a printing or production error in connection with the competition appear in the magazine or on this website.
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