Deirdre Mullins rounds up the late deals and offers.

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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