St. Patrick’s Day Ireland vacation sweepstakes from & Great Value Vacations

The contest is open to U.S. residents 21 and older and can be entered by visiting’s Facebook page until March 21, 2013.

I’ll be entering because Ireland has always been pretty high on my list. I even have some Irish ancestry. And naturally, we’ve talked about Ireland on this site since we’re all about dreaming up possible vacations here:
Solo travel plan for Ireland
, movie tourism in Ireland, and Dublin travel plan to list a few.

So here are the details for the contest: Great Value Vacations, in partnership with, offers an Ireland Coast to Castle Sweepstakes. One lucky winner will receive an unforgettable Irish vacation for two, as well as a custom suite of products and services including a 1-year Global Explorer membership, Ancestry DNA kit, Family Tree Maker 2013, and research with’s ProGenealogists.

2013 marks the year of The Gathering, a year-long celebration of all things Irish during which Ireland and its people are welcoming the Irish diaspora, as well as anyone with a love of Ireland to visit. Great Value Vacations is making it possible for one lucky winner and a companion to take part in what has been dubbed “the people’s party.” In addition to the vacation, the winner (whether of Irish descent or not) will have the opportunity to research their roots using a variety of products and services donated by
The Ireland Coast to Castle Vacation includes:

Round-trip economy class air
1 night at the 4-star Croke Park Hotel, Dublin
4 nights at winner’s choice of more than 1,000 Bed & Breakfasts located throughout Ireland
1 night at the 5-star Adare Manor, Limerick
Automatic rental car for the duration
House of Waterford Crystal Tour
Full Irish breakfast daily

According to Great Value Vacations’ Brand Manager, Laura DeMaio, “The Irish people have always held their ancestry in high regard, so in addition to a luxury Irish vacation that provides travelers with the flexibility to visit the regions they most want to see, we’re delighted to include a variety of products that will enable the winner to research their roots prior to the vacation, and then based on those results, select Bed & Breakfast accommodations located in the region(s) they’re most interested in visiting. Of course, the sweepstakes is open to all U.S. residents, not just those of Irish descent.”

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