updated 11/29/2010 11:46:33 AM ET 2010-11-29T16:46:33

BOSTON, Nov. 29, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With economic downturn swirling around Ireland's government, there's no better time to plan a visit to the Emerald Isle, according to nationally syndicated global travel expert Stephanie Abrams. "Ireland's economic challenges have created some of the most affordable and value-packed opportunities for travelers," Abrams explains. "Now through early spring 2011, rates are at their lowest. Inexpensive airfares and fantastically low hotel rates in 4-star and 5-star castles, manor houses, historic homes and luxury hotels can be found. Places generally out of reach for the average traveler are now affordable. I can't think of a better holiday gift to give oneself or a loved-one than confirmed reservations for a trip to Ireland," Abrams states.

Abrams has launched a drive on her two nationally syndicated radio shows, Travelers411 and Travel WITH Stephanie Abrams which reach targeted travel audiences coast-to-coast in over 250 major US markets' radio stations. Shows stream live at her award-winning website, sAbrams.com and are iPod-cast. The focus of the promotion is, "Erin Go Now!" Abrams, who has no Irish family connections, other than boasting that she was a leprechaun in a previous lifetime, challenges all North Americans who claim Irish ancestry but have never been to Ireland to, "Get up! Get the lead out! Make your reservation to fly to Ireland and go!" Abrams prods, "Use Ireland specialist travel agents. Make hotel reservations for at least your first and last nights' stays in castles and romantic accommodations. Wander, explore and spend more time in places you will fall in love with and not want to leave. For those whose budgets, even at the fabulous rates currently available throughout Ireland, won't stretch to castle-living every night, you'll find charming, quaint, comfortable, and hugely welcoming inns and B&B's all over Ireland. The Irish have internalized their motto, 'Cead Mile Failte': One Hundred Thousand Welcomes. If you've never experienced Irish hospitality, you haven't lived!" Abrams notes. "I can guarantee travelers to Ireland will be very welcomed more than ever!"

Abrams offers the following tips for travelers: "Consider flying into Shannon Airport on Ireland's west coast. Several major US airlines fly non-stop to Shannon. You'll avoid Dublin traffic.Rent a car from Dooley Car Rental. You'll be recognized by your name as opposed to being a number! They can also arrange for a car and driver.  Take a shuttle to Limerick where you can use Ireland's train system to visit Dublin, Cork, Galway, and Donegal. If you are a senior citizen, you can use the train system free!

www.sAbrams.com  displays over 10,000 photos of Ireland, an Ireland mini-site with archived audio interviews with tourism leaders, audio walking tours, Blog and Forums. Abrams' founded and spearheaded the development of The Irish Knights Stay and Play Vacations displayed at www.TheIrishKnights.com.

"Ireland is calling you! Erin Go Now!" Abrams concludes.

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