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Welcome to the Irish Heartland!

          HOME AT FIRST’s most popular Irish program is here in Central Ireland where our guests stay in cottages in rural northern County Tipperary and eastern County Clare. This region is the geographical center of Ireland about 120 minutes west of Dublin and 90 minutes northeast of Shannon Airport. This is also Ireland's heartland, a region as green as shamrocks, as colorful as the many rainbows you will see there, and as tasty as Irish stew, soda bread, and a healthy glass of Guinness.

 

Central Ireland Is a Great Touring Base –


TRADITIONAL IRELAND STILL CAN BE DISCOVERED,
IF YOU KNOW WHERE TO LOOK. (ASK US!)

Photos HOME AT FIRST

          HOME AT FIRST’s cottages are located in towns and villages on or near Central Ireland's great lake, Lough Derg. This region is a pretty, prosperous dairy land set among rolling green hills. Within two-to-three hours drive most of the Irish Republic is reachable, including portions of the western, eastern, and southern seacoasts, and the principal Irish cities of Dublin, Limerick, and Galway. But Central Ireland itself deserves a careful look: its lovely scenery, charming towns, numerous activities, and friendly people ensure that the central region is truly Ireland's Heartland.

 

Central Ireland: Green Hills, Blue Lake.

          Despite being as far from the sea as is possible in Ireland (about 60 miles), hilly Central Ireland is a mecca as much for anglers and boaters as it is for walkers. The local golf courses are good, and the local fishing is better. Ireland’s largest lake, Lough Derg, is the western border of the county. Its waters drain the rolling hills of Central Ireland and form the River Shannon, flowing west past the city of Limerick into the Atlantic Ocean.

Sunset at Dromineer Bay, Lough Derg. Photo  Home At First.

THE SHANNON CONNECTS CENTRAL IRELAND'S
LOUGH DERG WITH THE SEA. PICTURED IS
 DROMINEER HARBOR, CO. TIPPERARY.

Photo HOME AT FIRST

 

LOCATE COUNTIES TIPPERARY & CLARE ON HOME AT FIRST'S MAP OF IRELAND.

 

In our customers' own words—
 
                "Florence and I are home from Central Ireland. What a wonderful experience! We are still just aglow with the wonder of it all. In case anyone should ask, it is a long way to Tipperary, but hasten to assure anyone who asks, it is well worth it."

— G. & F. Wilson, Nebraska

 

Quality Lodgings with All the Comforts of Home.

          HOME AT FIRST's Central Ireland lodgings are not only wonderfully located for touring throughout Ireland, but also fully equipped, comfortably homey, and immaculately clean. Some cottages are modern; others are converted from traditional rural Irish cottages. There are even a few cottages with old-style thatched roofs. Some are located in towns or smaller villages. Others are in rural settings a few minutes drive from the nearest town or village. Regardless of style or location, every HOME AT FIRST cottage in Central Ireland provides guests with all the comforts of home.


HOME AT FIRST CENTRAL IRELAND COTTAGES
COME IN ALL SIZES AND STYLES. THIS ONE
ROSE COTTAGE
HAS PAINTED TRIM TO MATCH ITS BLOOMS.

Photo HOME AT FIRST

 

In our customers' own words—

            "We loved our Irish cottages. They were clean and new and comfortable. The kitchens had more than enough supplies. It was especially nice having our three cottages together."

— D. Sullivan, Colorado

             "The cottage in Puckane was picture perfect and most comfortable."

— S. Barnes & B. Brundige, New Mexico & California

            "We really enjoyed our cottage. It was warm and cozy, and we felt a part of the village. We loved the market and the pub. The ladies in the market and the post office were all delightful to visit with. The Irish are so very nice. You did a great job for us."

— P. Nichols, Colorado

 

— CENTRAL IRELAND LODGINGS —
UNIQUE, ATTRACTIVE ACCOMMODATIONS

Quality cottages and apartments in & near towns and villages
close to Lough Derg, Central Ireland's large recreational lake.
Each lodging is selected for its practical location, quality appointments,
landlord(-lady) hospitality, and authentic Irish character.
Each provides "all the comforts of home" in a convenient location
that enable guests to get the most out of their holiday in Ireland.

CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING PHOTO TITLES TO SEE SAMPLE HOME AT FIRST CENTRAL IRELAND LODGINGS:

MARE COTTAGE

TERRYGLASS

CO. TIPPERARY            CENTRAL IRELAND

PAT'S THATCHED COTTAGE

PUCKANE

 CO. TIPPERARY            CENTRAL IRELAND

  ASHWOOD COTTAGE  

 TERRYGLASS 

CO. TIPPERARY            CENTRAL IRELAND

O'CONNOR'S COTTAGE

 GARRYKENNEDY 

 COUNTY TIPPERARY    CENTRAL IRELAND 

NOREEN'S TOWNHOUSE

  KILLALOE  

  COUNTY

   CLARE                CENTRAL IRELAND

 FOAL COTTAGE 

TERRYGLASS

CO. TIPPERARY            CENTRAL IRELAND

 LAKESIDE COTTAGES   DROMINEER 

COUNTY TIPPERARY    CENTRAL IRELAND

WHITE COTTAGE

TERRYGLASS

CO. TIPPERARY          CENTRAL IRELAND 

  ROSE COTTAGE 

  TERRYGLASS  

 CO. TIPPERARY          CENTRAL IRELAND

 

 

Hosts that help you Discover Ireland.

          HOME AT FIRST’s Central Ireland program comes with more than great accommodations, superb scenery, traditional Irish culture, and touring adventure. We choose our Irish lodgings in part because of the hosting they provide: knowledgeable, friendly hosts who see to your comfort when you arrive, inform you about the workings of your accommodations, and welcome your questions about what to see and do locally, providing personal recommendations for where to eat and shop, and offering guidance about how best to accomplish your touring and activities goals. With HOME AT FIRST lodgings you get spacious, independent living quarters supported by welcoming, interested, helpful hosts.

 

HOME AT FIRST'S CENTRAL IRELAND  LODGING HOSTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN
YOUR VISIT TO IRELAND, STARTING WITH A WARM IRISH WELCOME
.
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In our customers' own words—
 
           "It was a wonderful trip! Our hosts were wonderful. Thanks!"

— M. Brill, Pennsylvania

           "Our stay in Ireland was one of our best vacations ever! The cottage was most comfortable — charming, in fact, when we had the turf fire in the cool evenings and you added so many warm, extra touches. We especially thank our hosts for all of those personal expressions of the legendary Irish hospitality which contributed to our stay."

— L. & C. Robinson, North Carolina

 

Discover Ireland from its Convenient Center –

          Only the furthest corners of Ireland are beyond the length of a day’s round-trip journey from your Tipperary cottage home. (CLICK HERE to read a sample day-trip.) Like all of our Irish accommodations, our Tipperary cottages are found in or near picturesque villages and towns. The great city of Dublin is only 90 minutes away to the east. The wild, lonesome Cliffs of Moher of County Clare look toward America two hours to the west. The compressed grandeur of County Galway's Connemara region may be explored in a day-long excursion. Many of Ireland's most important historic and prehistoric sites (including medieval castles, pretty thatched villages like ADARE, Bronze Age crannogs, and monastic treasures, like Clonmacnoise) are within easy day-trip reach of HOME AT FIRST’s Central Ireland cottages.

 
Poulnabrone Dolmen, the Burren, County Clare, Central Ireland. Photo  Home At First.
MYSTERIOUS PREHISTORIC MONUMENTS LITTER THE
BURREN IN WEST CENTRAL
 
IRELAND, WITHIN EASY
DAY-TRIP REACH OF HOME
AT FIRST'S VILLAGES.

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In our customers' own words—
 
           "The idea of having a base from which to branch out is the only way to go. We knew at the end of each day we had a warm, comfortable place to come home to."

— D. G, Hope, California

           "I truly enjoyed staying in the little town of Puckane. The people of the town were friendly and helpful. The town's craft center has some beautiful pieces."

— M. Scanlon, Pennsylvania

 

Even More Activities!

 
Dublin Street Musicians, Temple Bar. Photo  Home At First.
 

         Ireland is a golfer’s paradise, and a fisherman’s nirvana. You can trace family roots, shop for woolens and tweeds, and celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Put a bet on the ponies, or on the dogs. Discover the excitement of Gaelic football and hurling. Visit the Guinness Brewery, or, better yet, visit many Irish pubs and keep the brewery busy. Seek and enjoy Irish music in pubs, street fairs, and concerts. Don't miss sampling Irish and international cuisine in fine restaurants throughout Ireland.

STREET BUSKERS, TEMPLE BAR, DUBLIN.
Photo HOME AT FIRST

 

 

Independent Travel with Help from Home At First.

Lots to do on foot, by bike, or with your rental car!

          Hike the hills and along the lough shores. Trace family roots. Attend a horse show and auction. Bike on dedicated, marked bike routes. Explore castles. Shop for Irish woolens. Cruise Lough Derg. Visit the Dark Ages. Discover and enjoy fine restaurants throughout Central Ireland. HOME AT FIRST guests in Central Ireland receive our exclusive Ireland Activities Guide, full of suggestions and maps for day trips and other activities for your visit. HOME AT FIRST helps you do it all with its Ireland Activity Guide, with more than 100 pages of information keyed to exploring Ireland from your cottage home base.
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The "Ireland Activity Guide", available exclusively to Home At First guests in Ireland.
HOME AT FIRST'S
I
R
ELAND ACTIVITY GUIDE
 

 

CLICK HERE! To see a sample day trip from HOME AT FIRST's exclusive "Ireland Activity Guide".

 

In our customers' own words—
 
          "We have traveled extensively on our own, as well as with a variety of tour operators, such as S—a, E—l, I—l, G.C., S.T.S.P., cruise lines, etc — but the prep materials you have provided far exceed and excel that which we have been provided by any other organization. And your have handled all arrangements in an efficient, courteous, and timely manner."

— W. B. & A. Wilson, North Carolina

 

Fore! Golf is Grand in Ireland.

 
Spanish Point Links, County Clare, one of many challenging golf courses within reach of Home at First's Central Ireland cottages. Photo  Home At First.
SPANISH POINT LINKS, CO. CLARE
Photo HOME AT FIRST
 


         
Central Ireland offers several fine inland courses (including an excellent championship course at nearby Nenagh), and is within reach of some of Ireland's famous coastal links courses. For information about golf in Ireland, including HOME AT FIRST’s offer for pre-arranged tee-times at some Ireland's top courses, visit our IRISH GOLF page.

 

Ireland is Family-Friendliest!
   HOME AT FIRST’s Central Ireland program is ideal for families:
FAMILY LIFESTYLE: roomy cottages give everyone their own space.
FAMILY EFFICIENCY: cook & eat-in for breakfast & supper;
  picnic out for lunch.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES: Castles, walks, boats, theme parks, animals,
  playgrounds, bike rides, pony treks.

FAMILY AFFORDABILITY: Kids Stay Free!

 
Dunguaire Castle, Central Ireland. Photo  Home At First.
TAKE THE KIDS TO A REAL CASTLE!
Photo HOME AT FIRST
 


In our customers' own words—
A
        "I would like to make a return visit, and hope to take my Dad along. That is if he hasn't killed himself on the motorcycle he just bought. Dad's 84."

— M. Scanlon, Pennsylvania


 

The Right Prices to Create Your Dream Trip:

CENTRAL IRELAND FIXED PACKAGE PRICES 2017

NOTE: Any included airfares are subject to change until tickets are issued and may be subject to fuel surcharges and tax increases.

NOTE: Any included car rentals may be subject to any locally charged taxes & fees.

NOTE: Prices subject to change in the event of major currency fluctuations affecting foreign-purchased components.

PRICES PER PERSON

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3 PERSONS

4 PERSONS

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SUPPLEMENTS
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1 Week
FULL

PACKAGE

• TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHTS

• 1-WEEK LODGING

• 1-WEEK CAR RENTAL

• ACTIVITIES GUIDE

 $2200
 PER PERSON

$2132
 
PER PERSON

$2095
 
PER PERSON

$2014
 
PER PERSON

HI SEASON
+$401/prs.

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INCLUDES: Round-trip Flights NEW YORK to SHANNON or DUBLIN , + 1-Week Central Ireland Lodging, + 1-Week of Car Rental, + Home At First's exclusive "Ireland Activity Guide".

LO SEASON
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$692
 
PER PERSON

$672
 
PER PERSON

$553
 
PER PERSON

$512
 
PER PERSON

HI SEASON
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INCLUDES: 1 Additional Week at the Same Central Ireland Lodging,
Plus an Additional 1-Week of Car Rental .

Extra Week
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$710
 
PER PERSON

$686
 
PER PERSON

$589
 
PER PERSON

$562
PER PERSON

HI SEASON
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INCLUDES: 1 Additional Week at a Different Central  Ireland Lodging,
Plus 1-Week of Car Rental.

 1 Week
GROUND ONLY ARRANGEMENTS

• 1-WEEK LODGING
• 1-WEEK CAR RENTAL
• ACTIVITIES GUIDE

$901
 
PER PERSON

$787
 
PER PERSON

$640
 
PER PERSON

$593
 
PER PERSON

HI SEASON
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INCLUDES: One Week of Central Ireland Lodging & 7-Days of Car Rental.

1 Week
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ONLY

$759
 
PER PERSON

$698
 
PER PERSON

$594
 
PER PERSON

$539
 
PER PERSON

HI SEASON
+$50/prs.

INCLUDES: One Week of Central Ireland Lodging, but No Transportation Items.

SEASONS:

HIGH SEASON: MAY 13 – AUG 22, 2017 MAIN SEASON: All Other Dates
LOW SEASON: NOV 1 – DEC 15, 2016 and JAN 6 – MAR 17, 2017
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Connemara, County Galway, within daytrip reach of Home At First's Central Scotland cottages. Photo  Home At First.
CONNEMARA IN COUNTY GALWAY, A PRETTY DAY TRIP
FROM HOME AT FIRST'S CENTRAL IRELAND LODGINGS.

Photo HOME AT FIRST

What Do You Get?
WITH HOME AT FIRST'S VACATIONS TO CENTRAL IRELAND?
         You get all the elements your trip requires. You don't get more than you need. Your trip comes with the independence and flexibility that will let you travel at your own pace and explore according to your interests. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS!
          
HOME AT FIRST helps you do it all with its exclusive, expansive IRELAND ACTIVITY GUIDE.

 

In our customers' own words—
 
             "We arrived home April 30 after our very enjoyable trip. April is a beautiful time of year to visit Ireland — green grass and flowers everywhere and many things to see. It was a history lesson for us as well as a vacation."

D. & BBertrand, Colorado

 

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