Perfect for Father’s Day Gift List

 Pitch Perfect at Deer Park FootGolf Course

Deer Park FootGolf Course, Howth Castle

One of Ireland’s first internationally recognised FootGolf courses, which boasts stunning views over North County Dublin, is now open for some family fun.  FootGolf is fast becoming an internationally renowned sport and Ireland is taking the lead following the development of this specially designed FootGolf course situated adjacent to the Deer Park golf course. FootGolf is a sport that blends two of the world’s most popular sports – football and golf. The rules are similar to golf – each hole carries a par and the aim is to kick a football into the ‘larger’ holes in as few shots as possible.

Open seven-days a week between 8am and 8pm at Deer Park, Howth Castle. A round of FootGolf takes approximately one and a half to two hours and it costs just €10.00 weekdays and €13.00 at weekend with special group rates and family rates also available.

Deer Park, Howth Castle. Tel; 01 832 2624 or

Perfect for….. The Escape Artist

A Week Long Respite at The University of Limerick

Treat Dad to some “Me-Time” with a fully residential, week-long course hosted at the University of Limerick on The Alexander Technique.  Identify and lose harmful habits that have built up over time and learn to move freely and comfortably in your own body, The Alexander Technique can also help with repetitive strain injury, carpel tunnel syndrome and backache. Running from Sunday, July 13th to Friday, July 18th, the weeklong course includes tuition, meals and board on campus are included in the cost of €750. The course is hosted by the ISATT (Irish Society of Alexander Technique Teachers). See /

Dad’s Break-Away to Kilkenny’s Pembroke Hotel

Treat the man in your life to a truly memorable Father’s Day this year with an activity break-away to Kilkenny’s premier four star boutique Pembroke Hotel. Situated in the heart of Kilkenny City, the Pembroke Hotel is ideally located just minutes from the sights and sounds of the medieval city renowned for its dining and nightlife.

Enjoy a tailored activity break-away, where you can choose to customise packages to include, cycling, fishing, city & county walks, go-carting, picnics or bowling. The package also includes overnight accommodation in the Pembroke Hotel’s luxurious surroundings, a delicious full Irish breakfast and dinner for two in the hotel’s Statham’s Bistro.

Perfect for Father’s Day, Activity Breaks at the Pembroke Hotel start from €126.00 per room.  Visit for full details or call 056 778 3500

‘Jerpoint Glass’

The perfect gift this Father’s Day for dad’s with an eye for beautiful bespoke designs. Jerpoint Glass has been designing and creating their iconic glassware for over 30 years. Founded by Master Glassblower Keith Leadbetter in 1979, the Kilkenny based family run Jerpoint Glass has achieved international acclaim and their unique handcrafted collections are now available to purchase online at 

Jerpoint Glass, Stoneyford, Co.Kilkenny / Tel; 056 772 4350

Perfect for……. The Foodie Fan

‘The ‘No Salt’ Cookery School’

A voucher to Ireland’s first ‘No Salt’ Cookery School is the perfect gift to help the man in your life become the master of the kitchen. For lovers of clean and honest food, The ‘No Salt’ Chef Brian McDermott has a wide range of cookery classes available suited to all abilities in Ireland’s first ‘No Salt’ Cookery School. Guests are guaranteed a fun, informative and hands-on demonstration all teaching the ‘No-Salt’ philosophy. Enjoy special accommodation offers at the nearby four star Redcastle Oceanfront Golf and Spa Hotel.

The Brian McDermott Cookery School, Carrownaffe, Moville, Ireland/ Tel; +74 93 85921   

‘The Kitchen in the Castle’

One of Ireland’s most uniquely situated cookery schools, ‘The Kitchen in the Castle’, has a selection of gift vouchers available. Perfect for budding Kings of the Kitchen or for the man who is looking to expand his culinary repertoire, the historic Howth Castle is the background for a one of a kind cookery class experience with Edwina Gaisford-St Lawrence. Courses at The Kitchen in the Castle start from €65.00 for more information visit

The Kitchen in the Castle, Howth Castle, Co Dublin / Tel; 01 839 6182

‘Neven Maguire Cookery School’

The state of the art cookery school, adjoining Neven’s MacNean House & Restaurant, has a range of classes suitable for people of all cookery levels with course numbers being deliberately kept small to allow all participants enjoy direct instruction and assistance from Neven and his dedicated team.

The ideal location for all aspiring chefs and budding food enthusiasts, all courses will be conducted by Neven who has carefully selected a range of his own recipes for people of all cooking levels. Each course begins with a ‘MacNean Welcome’ of tea/coffee and homemade scones on arrival. Participants will then enjoy a hands-on cookery experience with Ireland’s favourite chef under his signature helpful, friendly and fun style.

Award-winning chef, Neven Maguire, is proprietor/Head Chef of MacNean House & Restaurant in Blacklion in Co. Cavan. Neven began cooking at 12 years of age in the kitchen of the restaurant which was then run by his parents. Neven took over MacNean House & Restaurant in 2001 and it is now one of Ireland’s top restaurants, consistently winning awards for both its cuisine and service. Neven is regarded as one of Ireland’s most talented and innovative chefs and is credited with raising the awareness of many top quality Irish food producers and of cooking with seasonal produce.

Hands on cookery classes at the ‘Neven Maguire Cookery School’ start from €130.00 per person. See / 071 985 3022.

The Neven Maguire Cookery School, Blacklion, County Cavan