It’s Father’s Day on Sunday 16th June so we’ve rounded up some of the special events and gift ideas for dads.
From afternoon teas on the day itself to gifts that can be experienced in the weeks ahead, here are just a few ideas for showing your dad how much you appreciate him.
Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea at Glenlo Abbey
Galway’s five-star Glenlo Abbey is rolling out the red carpet for dads with its Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea. Served in the hotel’s River Room, the afternoon tea is €30 per person and includes a complimentary whiskey sour or pint. Savoury treats on offer include Andarl Farm sausage roll, mini beef and foie gras slider and trout caviar and crème fraîche, while a sweet tooth will be happy with the likes of a mini caramel ice cream cone, Guinness and chocolate cake or Teeling crème brulée tart. To book call 091 519600 or email [email protected].
Get In The Swing at Dromoland
County Clare’s Dromoland Estate is renowned for its golf course (it recently hosted the 2019 PGA Club Professional Tournament) so if your dad is a fan of the game the Get in the Swing Father’s Day package could be the perfect gift. He and a playing partner can while away the afternoon enjoying the golfing facilities. This includes access to the golf academy for practising, then 18 holes of championship golf on the parkland course, a golf pack, and a steak dinner in the Fig Tree restaurant. The packaging is €130 and terms and conditions apply. For more info go to dromoland.ie.
Cork Summer Show
If you’re in the Cork area, head along to the Cork Summer Show. There’s a craft bar tent over the weekend, with the likes of Stonewall Craft Cider, Wicklow Wolf Brewery, Dingle Distillery, Kindle Gin and West Cork Distillery just some of the names involved. The country market is the largest in Munster and is packed with offerings from over 20 Taste Cork artisan producers. You can also check out the hotly contested qualifier for the All Ireland Home Cook Champion, which is being hosted by the show this year. For more info go to Corksummershow.com
Sunday Roast at InterContinental Dublin
The classic Sunday roast gets a five-star upgrade in the elegant InterContinental Dublin. The three-course feast is served in the Seasons Restaurant, where Executive Chef Alberto Rossi and his team have created a special Father’s Day menu. Starters include crisp pork belly, and grilled calamari and sardines, while mains include roasted striploin, and grilled black sole with meunière, prawn colcannon and sautéed spinach. To finish, try the chocolate fudge ricotta bar; or fried Oreos with warm milk chocolate sauce and Oreo ice cream. The Father’s Day Sunday Roast set menu starts from €50pp including tea and coffee. Reservations are essential: to book call 01 665 4000 or email [email protected].
Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea at The Morrison Hotel
The Morrison Hotel in Dublin offers a twist on the more traditional afternoon tea. Steak sandwiches, beef sliders, and smoked rasher scones replace delicate finger sandwiches, with whiskey chocolate truffles making an excellent dessert. You can wash it all down with a bottle of Wicklow Wolf beer and, with the hotel located in the heart of the city on Ormonde Quay, there’ll be plenty to do afterwards. Priced from €27.50, you can book by calling 01 887 2400 or emailing [email protected].
This year, Father’s Day falls on Bloomsday so if your dad is a Joyce fan, how about a Bloomsday-themed breakfast (or afternoon tea)? The James Joyce Centre in Dublin is hosting a series of breakfasts celebrating the renowned breakfast in Joyce’s novel Ulysses. Guests will be served a traditional Irish breakfast with (optional) pork kidneys, as they enjoy music and readings from the iconic text. There are three sittings: 8am, 10am, and midday - and there are also Ulysses-inspired afternoon teas at 2.30pm and 4.30pm. Breakfast tickets are €35 each, and afternoon tea tickets start at €30. To book email [email protected]
Glovers Alley Kitchen Experience
For the gift that lasts, there is the Glovers Alley kitchen experience which will give any food-loving father a chance to expand their culinary skills. Andy McFadden and his team welcome participants (there are only four in each session) into the Glovers Alley kitchen, where they will learn expert techniques before enjoying a four-course lunch paired with champagne and wine. The Kitchen Experience takes place in Glovers Alley, Dublin on the first Friday of every month, and costs €145 per person. To buy vouchers, call 01 244 0733, or email [email protected].