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Cong, IRE. --- The legendary Ashford Castle in County Mayo continues to perpetuate the legend with its New Year?s offer. Guests receive special rates from December 31 - January 1.

Rates for the two nights, at this 83-room castle, the former estate of the Guinness family, range from ?1200 per room double occupancy for a standard room to ?1750 per suite double occupancy, a significant savings off the usual rates.

This?New Year?s program?includes: daily breakfast and Afternoon Tea, mulled wine on arrival, welcome cocktail party, a gala New Year?s Eve dinner and dance in the George V restaurant, and brunch and on New Year?s Day. The sommelier is available to help you choose your wine selection for your New Year?s Eve dinner. A treasure hunt, chamber music performance, falconry demonstration, golf competition, clay pigeon shooting and a boating excursion on the Isle of Inisfree are some of the activities offered to celebrate the New Year.??Guests at Ashford have complimentary access to golf, tennis and the Health Center.

During this period guests may be as sedentary as they wish - sitting in front of the three large fireplaces or participating in the sporting life where falconry, golf, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, biking or just walking the magnificent grounds of this 350 estate start 2006 off with grace and inspiration.

Ashford Castle is located at Cong, County Mayo, Ireland.??Telephone:?011 353 94 954 6003; Fax: 011 353 94 954 6260; website:? can be made from the U.S. at: 1-800-346-7007.

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