It's been a year of no travel for many of us, but Ireland's tourism sector continues to thrive thanks to a slew of prestigious awards and exciting new ventures, and the most recent is sure to stoke the wanderlust. 

Ireland's Blue Book has revealed that two new members are to be added for 2021: a stately 19th-century country house in Connemara and a celebrated Dublin restaurant that has already become a firm favourite.

The Blue Book is a "romantic collection of Irish Country House Hotels, Manor Houses, Castles and Restaurants", according to its website, with locations spanning the length and breadth of the country. There are currently 57 locations on the list, including the newest members. 

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Nestled in the scenic Connemara countryside, Delphi Lodge is a 13-bed country house dating from the 1830s, named for the 1,000-acre estate it sits on in the breathtaking Delphi Valley in Co. Galway.

Originally a fishing lodge, the main house is surrounded by striking mountains and overlooks the salmon and trout-rich lakes of the valley. A large dining room, a snooker room and three old world reception rooms with log fires create the cosy atmosphere that the resort is known for. 

As many as 16 guests can stay at the resort, which will reopen once Level 5 restrictions are eased. 

You won't need to wait until then to sample the delights from the other new Blue Book member, as Dublin's Dax Restaurant is one of the many spots that have pivoted to at-home dining kits while restaurants are closed. 

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Located on stately Pembroke Street Upper, Dax specialises in refined take on modern Irish and French cuisine presided over by Head Chef Graham Neville. With a focus on top-quality local produce and an impeccable wine list, it's fast becoming one of the most well-respected dining spots in the city. 

And it's Dax At Home menu doesn't stray from this, with a menu that changes weekly. Delights include roast North Sea sole, dressed Clogherhead crab with seaweed and sweetcorn and Black Forest gateaux. 

Served at the weekend and only for collection, Dax At Home costs €44pp, and comes with homemade bread, potato purée, and petits fours.