Celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) with the locals in Ireland with two weeks in a cute Irish cottage for the price of one.

At these unbelievable prices you'll have plenty of money left to raise a glass (or three) to Ireland's patron saint and to the friendly locals who take fierce pride in their heritage and traditions (they'll be more than happy to share them with you too).

These special rates are only available throughout March though Imagine Ireland (www.imagineireland.com), and the once-in-a-lifetime rate applies to a range of attractive properties including a cute and cosy cottage in the picturesque little town of Lismore, County Waterford.

Sleeping five, the gorgeous Irish cottage is within a walk of Lismore’s fairytale castle and tall the traditional pubs with lively Irish music each night. Book now and you'll avail of the unheard of rates of $508.00 to $595.00 (depending on dates) for 14 nights until April 2. The cottage is under an hour from the cities of Cork and Waterford and all the gorgeous South Coast beaches.

Imagine Ireland’s website also provides in-depth information on things to see and do from every cottage they represent – whether it’s walking, riding, fishing and golf, or simply sampling the legendary craic in a local pub with live traditional Irish music.

Don't expect weird plumbing and freezing showers, each of these properties is world class and you'll be staying in the style in which you're used to. Add to that the natural charm of the friendly locals and the beauty of the Irish landscape and you'll be on a holiday that restores your spirit and goes easy on your bank account.

Also among the exceptional properties is a beautiful thatched cottage in the foothills of the Blackstairs Mountains in County Wexford. Can you say The Quiet Man? This is the real deal, an Irish getaway that will charm you with its country charm and open fire, wood floors, shuttered windows, pretty bedrooms and the unexpected and throughly welcome bonus of a private hot tub in a log cabin in the garden!

Sleeping up to 12 and welcoming up to three pets, it is terrific value at $680.00 per week until March 26, rising to $1,013 in July/August, and it makes a great base for exploring both the mountains and the coast with its sandy beaches only half an hour away.

But for the ultimate escape, Imagine Ireland recommends a secluded stone cottage with breathtaking views of lakes and mountains at Kenmare Bay in Co Kerry. Beautifully-restored, with exposed beams, stone walls and a wood-burner, the cosy cottage sleeps five and is an unbeatable location for walkers. Fishing, golf and sailing are all available locally and the Ring of Kerry is within an easy drive. Weekly rental is from just $430.00 to $795.00.

Imagine Ireland represents more than 1,500 Irish coastal and country properties ranging from secluded rural hideaways for two to utterly magnificent mansions for 22 in scenic locations nationwide from Dublin to Donegal and from Limerick to Derry. They include 250 in the most popular tourist region of Kerry and more than 100 in Northern Ireland.

For the largest choice of Irish holiday cottages check out the new 2010 program from Imagine Ireland Telephone: 011-44-1756-703191 or just visit them online at www.imagineireland.com.