Ten mini breaks to banish those January blues

A few days away at one of Ireland’s top destinations can work wonders for getting rid of weather-related weariness. We’ve also some great suggestions for those who are seeking the sun. So get packing

Mount Juliet: Guests can enjoy a swim in the newly refurbished pool or an indulgent spa treatment

There is no doubt that January is the bleakest month of the year, sandwiched between the winter months of December and February. The mornings and evenings are dark, many people are abstaining from alcohol, and the bank balance has some time to go before fully recharging.

One way to offset the gloom is to book a trip away, in Ireland or abroad, for late winter or early spring. In order to help you decide where ...