May Offers at Lyrath Estate  
Lyrath Estate Hotel and Spa is located in the heart of 170 acres of beautiful parkland setting just outside Kilkenny.This May, Lyrath is offering a mid-week deal from €65pps including bed and breakfast with a special bank holiday Friday B&B rate on Friday May 2 available for €80 per person sharing. For more information, or to make a booking, call: 056 7760088 or log-on to:

Everest Adventure with Sunway
Sunway has a package to climb to Everest base camp from €2,119 per person. This 15-day adventure tour departs October 3. Included in the price are: local guide and porters on the trek, accommodation hotels/guesthouses (2 nights), teahouse lodges (12 nights), transport including return flights from Ireland. It's a small group experience - a maximum of 15 people and an average of 10. Price is per person and based on 2 sharing. A budget of (US) $420-550 should be allowed for meals, which are not included. Visit: or phone: (01) 288 6828.    

Malta in May 
There are many events and festivals around the time of the May Bank Holiday. Musical lovers can witness the Malta International Music Festival & Competition, which runs until May 11 2014. The festival features a series of piano, saxophone, violin, cello, voice and chamber ensembles, masterclasses and concerts in the leading venues of Malta and Gozo. 

Concorde Travel is offering seven nights at the 3* St Georges Park & La Vallette Apartments from May 2 for four people sharing, self-catering, from €349pp. Alternatively, from May 8 you can stay at the 4* Paradise Bay, Mellieha, on a B&B basis for €444pp. Prices includ flights, accommodation, taxes and transfers.

With Sunspot Tours / Mercury Direct you can stay for a week at the Bella Vista Hotel, Qawra from €550pp or a week half-board from €485pp at the Bugibba Hotel, Bugibba from May 6. Prices include flights, accommodation, taxes and transfers.

For the entire month of May, with Belleair, you can stay at the 4* Qawra Palace Hotel, Qawra, from €21 per person per night based on two adults sharing on a bed and breakfast basis.

Cavan Walking Festival
Cavan Walking Festival is open to everyone from beginners to experienced hikers and takes place from May 2-11. There will be guided walks over the 10 days throughout the county, with over 25 walks of varying distances and grades. Walks that are taking place include: the 5km Flemings Folly Heritage Walk, Ballinagh at the cost of €2 per person and the 12km Cuilcagh Mountain Climb, which costs €15 per person.

Various hotels and B&Bs have packages for the festival:

Bailie Hotel, Bailieborough €79pps B&B/€45 B&B single room Ph: (+353) 42 966 5334

River Valley Log Cabins SC, Ballyconnell €200 for 3 nights or a full week for €390 

Church View Guest House B&B, Belturbet Offer 1 night: €35pps Offer 2 or more nights: €30pps Ph: (+353) 49 9522358

Lakeside Cottages S/C, Church Street, Killeshandra 2 & 3 bedroom cottages overlooking lake. 2 bedroom cottage €300, and 3 bedroom €400p/w Ph: (+353) 49 433 4431

Riverside House B&B, Errigal, Cootehill €30 pps per night / €25pps for subsequent nights Ph: (+353) 49 555 2150

For further details of walks and accommodation offers, check out:

Deirdre Mullins

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