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Tuesday, 30 June 2020 11:22

How to Organise the Ultimate Stag Do

Planning a Stag Do can be a bit of an ordeal. From planning who to invite, what you’re going to do, to making bookings and accommodation reservations - there’s A LOT to think about. With this great privilege, comes great responsibility!

However, there’s no need to panic just yet. We’ve got you sorted with a handy and simple guide to planning the bachelor party to remember. Follow our Ultimate Stag Do Checklist and you’re bound to get this right.

You may also wish to check our 12 Best Stag Party Ideas or Reasons to have your Party at The Courtyard Apartments.

Chat to the Groom

Before planning anything, it’s a good idea to have a chat with the groom about his expectations. You’ll likely need his help to decide on a guest list and check out who he actually wants there. Should the future Father-in-Law be invited or the guys from work?

It’s also worth checking out from the get-go what the groom has in mind. He might be happy for you to go ahead, plan everything and let the big event be a total surprise. Or, he might have some specific ideas in mind and even some definite no, no’s!

Start a Group Message or What’s App Group

Once you know who should be invited, you can then move on to setting up a group message or email group. This is a great way to share ideas within the group, break the ice between people who haven’t met and chat about any potential concerns.

Get the Date Locked In

Next, it’s vital you get a date set so people can make sure they are free on the night/weekend. Have a chat about suitable dates with the groom and, again, with the invited group in your message group chat. One handy way to sort the date is to have people complete a Doodle poll so they can vote on the most suitable day.

We recommend setting a date at least a week before the actually wedding date, just in case the groom needs some time to recover. We’ve all seen The Hangover!

Set the Budget

Time to talk money. Having an open conversation about the budget from the start will help avoid any awkwardness down the line. The budget will influence a lot of the following decisions such as, the location, how long you go for, activities and any extra fun bits you might want to buy closer to the date. Use the group chat to decide on this nice and early.

It’s also custom that the guests put some money aside to pay for the stag. Don’t forget to include this in your budget if you’re hoping to do similar.

Set the Itinerary

Now that a budget has been set, let’s plan the fun part! What are you going to do? Do you want to stay local or go further afield? What activities would best match the Stag’s personality and interests?

Do some research as there is plenty of choice available, we have a great list of Stag Do activities to help give you some ideas.

Book Accommodation

You’ll find lots of options when you come to booking accommodation too. You could opt to book a hotel or hostel, pitch a tent or go for a self-catering apartment. We might be a little biased, but we reckon self-catering packages make for the most stress-free and craic-fuelled Stag Do possible!

At the end of the day, go for the option that best suits the whole group and works well with your set budget.

Collect the Cash

The next job is to start collecting some money for the reservations and deposits. While everyone wants to have a good time, you don’t want to be left footing the bill if someone decides to drop out last minute. Asking the lads for their contributions shouldn’t be too uncomfortable either as this will be something you’ve set out from the beginning.

Buy any Final Props or Outfits!

Another fun job is organising some silly fancy-dress outfits or personalised t-shirts to unite the stag party. Did someone say superheroes, or was that mankini?!

If you’re going for personalised bits and pieces, be sure to order these a few weeks in advance in case they take a while to arrive.

Organise a Few Surprises

No stag do is really complete without a couple of hilarious and embarrassing surprises for the man of the night. You might want to plan a few extra games, quizzes, pranks or dares centred around the groom. This last extra bit of effort is what will make the party memorable for all involved.

Let’s do this!

You did it – time to finally enjoy all your efforts with one last big blow out for your best mate. Well done, we reckon you’ve nailed it!

 

 

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 10:04

12 Best Stag Party Ideas

Getting tasked with organising the Stag Party is a privilege but also a huge responsibility! The groom’s final single days certainly call for some unforgettable celebration. Not to worry though, we’ve got some great ideas listed below to help you get started.

Paintball Party

Go to war with a paintball stag party and fire paint-filled capsules at your mates in military scenarios! This is one activity your Stag is unlikely to forget in a hurry. But doesn’t it hurt you ask? While not totally painless, we reckon this only adds to the excitement and adrenaline of the day! Of course, you are given protective gear to cover your face and clothes, so this won’t get in the way of the craic.

Adventure Activities

Planning for an adrenaline-junkie Stag? An action-filled adventure package might be the way to go. There are so many different fun and adventurous activities you could organise from zip-lining, hiking, mountain biking or maybe a fun water sports package with kayaking, rafting, river expeditions or even some banana boating. Great for keeping everyone entertained and making the most of your time together.

Night Criuses

Do you and the guys need a change of scenery? A Night Cruise is an epic way to kick off the night with most cruises having a fully licensed bar and DJ. This is a unique way to celebrate the Stag and is great way to get to know the whole Stag party. You can then continue the night knowing the whole group will be setting off in good spirits.

Air Rifles & Archery

Another fun option for the Stag party is to do some archery or air rifling. Equipped with a qualified instructor, these activities make for a fantastic day out for your Stag. Archery and air rifling are inclusive activities and will suit even the more reserved guys in your party. Steady your nerves and get practicing those swift reflexes in preparation!

Foot Golf or Football Darts

Does the Stag love a good football challenge? You can test his and the rest of the parties’ skills at some Foot Golf or Football Darts. As you might expect, Foot Golf is a bit of football and golf combined, while Football Darts involves kicking a football with sticky pads at an enormous inflatable dartboard. It’s sure to keep the laughs going well after the event with plenty of “post-match” analysis afterwards in the pub!

Game Show Centred Stag Parties

Every Stag party has to include some fun and games but going for a Game Show package makes it legendary! Game packages are a fast-paced way to get the lads chatting, debating and engaged in some healthy competition. Participants compete against each other at a whole bunch of different games. This is a massively entertaining option for all.

Go Karting

For some speedy excitement for all, you can’t go wrong with a Go-Karting Stag Party. This is one of the all-time classic Stag activities and brings the adrenaline from start to finish. Time for the Stag team to finally crown who is the best driver! At Irelands largest indoor track (County Leitrim), you can even compete to beat Stig’s best time for prizes.

Sports Day

Revisit your youth with an old-style retro Sports Day for all the gang! This unique day out is another one great for getting the competitive juices flowing. A Stag Do Sports Day includes all the school sports from back in the day with lots of hilarious surprises thrown in for good measure.

Soccer Parties

Want to give your soccer-mad Stag the ultimate gift of showing off to the group? Then an Ultimate Soccer Skills Stag Party is the right choice. Here, the whole party will get to test their soccer skills against each other to see who will reach the final. With medals for the winners, be prepared for a competitive ride with this activity! Will your group let the Stag win the bragging rights?

Camping

Get the boys together, grab a few burgers, beers and a tent and head into the great outdoors for a camping trip. There are plenty of companies that will allow you to rent tents if some of the party are without, and, of course, for a bit more comfort there are options to rent cabins and caravans across the country. If you’ve got the skills, maybe you’ll even catch your own dinner!

Roadtrip

Want to give your Stag a totally personalised experience? Why not get the group together and hit the road? You could plan out an itinerary of his favourite local spots, be they hikes, restaurants or bars – just don’t forget to book a designated driver if it’s the latter! The opportunities are endless with this Stag Do option.

Country Pursuits

Finally, you could have your Stag party really embrace the Country spirit with a Country Pursuits package. This package from The Courtyard Apartments combines clay pigeon shooting, archery, air rifles and falconry. Test the gang’s reflexes, skill and concentration with this brilliant afternoon out.

Monday, 16 December 2019 12:02

Knock your Block off Stag Parties

From €142pp for 2 nights, €97pp for 1 night. Offers 1 or 2 nights self-catering accommodation in town centre Carrick on Shannon, Finger food and cocktail for all the Stag party, Let your stag party enjoy Fun and games with the Knock your Block off activity ,  Moon river Stag cruise plus a free entry to Murtaghs Nightclub. with shots for the stag party.

 €142.00pp for 2 nights - Min of 10 people 

Two nights self-catering accommodation

Enjoy a Complimentary Strawberry Daquiri  cocktail & finger food on arrival in Murtaghs Bar on Friday Night

This is where players put on a light armour suit with a velcro head on top. Players try and knock the velcroed head off the other person to win.

Great fun and very competitive. Hugely popular with the Stag Parties especially.

Bus transfer from the apartments to and from the venue

Moon River night cruise on the Shannon (DJ & Bar facility on board)

Free bus transfers to and from the night cruise

Free round of shots in the Basement Nightclub in Murtaghs Bar

Additional meal options

4 course meal in Murtagh’s restaurant from €32.00pp

Or

Pub Grub option( Main Meal with a pint/bottle of beer) from €16.00pp

 

 

€97.00pp for 1 night( Except on Bank Holiday Weekends)-Min of 10 pax 

1 nights self-catering accommodation

Enjoy a Complimentary shot on arrival in Murtaghs Bar

 

This is where players put on a light armour suit with a velcro head on top. Players try and knock the velcroed head off the other person to win.

Great fun and very competitive. Hugely popular with the Stag Parties especially.

Bus transfer from the apartments to and from the venue

 Moon River night cruise on the Shannon (DJ & Bar facility on board)

Free bus transfers to and from the night cruise

Free round of shots in the Basement Nightclub in Murtaghs Bar

Additional meal options

4 course meal in Murtagh’s restaurant from €32.00pp

Or

Pub Grub option( Main Meal with a pint/bottle of beer) from €16.00pp

Friday, 13 December 2019 16:58

Ultimate Soccer Skills Challenge Stag Party

From €142pp for 2 nights, €97pp for 1 night. Offers 1 or 2 nights self-catering accommodation in town centre Carrick on Shannon, Finger food and cocktail for all the Stag party, Let your stag party enjoy Fun and games with the Cube challenge,  Moon river Stag cruise plus a free entry to Murtaghs Nightclub. with shots for the stag party.

 

€142.00pp for 2 nights - Min of 10 people 

Two nights self-catering accommodation

Enjoy a Complimentary Strawberry Daquiri  cocktail & finger food on arrival in Murtaghs Bar on Friday Night

Test you Soccer Skills against the group with some fantastic Skills Challenges. Beat your opponent

to gain points to reach the Finals. Great Fun and very competitive. Medals for winners also

Bus transfer from the apartments to and from the venue

Moon River night cruise on the Shannon (DJ & Bar facility on board)

Free bus transfers to and from the night cruise

Free round of shots in the Basement Nightclub in Murtaghs Bar

Additional meal options

4 course meal in Murtagh’s restaurant from €32.00pp

Or

Pub Grub option( Main Meal with a pint/bottle of beer) from €16.00pp

 

 €97.00pp for 1 night( Except on Bank Holiday Weekends)-Min of 10 pax 

1 nights self-catering accommodation

Enjoy a Complimentary shot on arrival in Murtaghs Bar

Test you Soccer Skills against the group with some fantastic Skills Challenges. Beat your opponent

to gain points to reach the Finals. Great Fun and very competitive. Medals for winners also

Bus transfer from the apartments to and from the venue

 

 Moon River night cruise on the Shannon (DJ & Bar facility on board)

Free bus transfers to and from the night cruise

Free round of shots in the Basement Nightclub in Murtaghs Bar

Additional meal options

4 course meal in Murtagh’s restaurant from €32.00pp

Or

Pub Grub option( Main Meal with a pint/bottle of beer) from €16.00pp

 

Friday, 13 December 2019 16:34

Disco Dodgeball Stag Package

From €142pp for 2 nights, €97pp for 1 night. Offers 1 or 2 nights self-catering accommodation in town centre Carrick on Shannon, Finger food and cocktail for all the Stag party, Let your stag party enjoy Fun and games with the Disco Dodgeball,Moon river Stag cruise plus a free entry to Murtaghs Nightclub. with shots for the stag party.

 

€142.00pp for 2 nights - Min of 10 people 

Two nights self-catering accommodation

Enjoy a Complimentary Strawberry Daquiri  cocktail & finger food on arrival in Murtaghs Bar on Friday Night

This is fantastic Fun especially for the groups . We run a few fun activities with the music on

and we then play Dodgeball games to the beats. Hugely popular and great energetic fun activity

Bus transfer from the apartments to and from the venue

Moon River night cruise on the Shannon (DJ & Bar facility on board)

Free bus transfers to and from the night cruise

Free round of shots in the Basement Nightclub in Murtaghs Bar

Additional meal options

4 course meal in Murtagh’s restaurant from €32.00pp

Or

Pub Grub option( Main Meal with a pint/bottle of beer) from €16.00pp

 

€97.00pp for 1 night( Except on Bank Holiday Weekends)-Min of 10 pax 

1 nights self-catering accommodation

Enjoy a Complimentary shot on arrival in Murtaghs Bar

This is fantastic Fun especially for the groups . We run a few fun activities with the music on

and we then play Dodgeball games to the beats. Hugely popular and great energetic fun activity

Bus transfer from the apartments to and from the venue

 

Moon River night cruise on the Shannon (DJ & Bar facility on board)

Free bus transfers to and from the night cruise

Free round of shots in the Basement Nightclub in Murtaghs Bar

Additional meal options

4 course meal in Murtagh’s restaurant from €32.00pp

Or

Pub Grub option( Main Meal with a pint/bottle of beer) from €16.00pp

 

Friday, 13 December 2019 16:13

Ultimate Fun Sports Day Stag Package

From €142pp for 2 nights, €97pp for 1 night. Offers 1 or 2 nights self-catering accommodation in town centre Carrick on Shannon, Finger food and cocktail for all the Stag party, Let your stag party enjoy Fun and games with the Ultimate Fun Sports  challenge,  Moon river Stag cruise plus a free entry to Murtaghs Nightclub. with shots for the stag party.

 

 

€142.00pp for 2 nights - Min of 10 people 

Two nights self-catering accommodation

Enjoy a Complimentary Strawberry Daquiri  cocktail & finger food on arrival in Murtaghs Bar on Friday Night

 

This activity is hugely popular. We run an old style Sports Day event and include many surprise

Fun and hysterical features. Everyone can participate for the full duration and maximizes the

entertainment for everyone. Finals and medals for winners also.

Bus transfer from the apartments to and from the venue

Moon River night cruise on the Shannon (DJ & Bar facility on board) 

Free bus transfers to and from the night cruise

Free round of shots in the Basement Nightclub in Murtaghs Bar

Additional meal options

4 course meal in Murtagh’s restaurant from €32.00pp

Or

Pub Grub option( Main Meal with a pint/bottle of beer) from €16.00pp

 

€97.00pp for 1 night( Except on Bank Holiday Weekends)-Min of 10 pax 

1 nights self-catering accommodation

Enjoy a Complimentary shot on arrival in Murtaghs Bar

This activity is hugely popular. We run an old style Sports Day event and include many surprise

Fun and hysterical features. Everyone can participate for the full duration and maximizes the

entertainment for everyone. Finals and medals for winners also.

Bus transfer from the apartments to and from the venue

Moon River night cruise on the Shannon (DJ & Bar facility on board)

Free bus transfers to and from the night cruise

Free round of shots in the Basement Nightclub in Murtaghs Bar

Additional meal options

4 course meal in Murtagh’s restaurant from €32.00pp

Or

Pub Grub option( Main Meal with a pint/bottle of beer) from €16.00pp

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