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Sponsored post: Win a €50 Groupon restaurant voucher

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Daily deals websites are changing the way we eat. The concept is simple and there’s no catch: offers cheap deals on restaurants, hotels, leisure activities, and beauty treatments.

Here’s a selection of recent Groupon deals. They’re quite phenomenal, and would make you feel like a bit of a chump for ever paying full-price again:

  • €110 instead of €370 for a getaway for two in a deluxe room, plus each either a round of golf or back, neck, shoulder, massage at Knightsbrook Hotel (save 70 per cent)
  • €3.20 instead of €8 worth of any burritos, tacos, or quesadillas to have in or take away from Burritos and Blues (save 60 per cent)
  • €25 for a €69 meal for two including mains and sides plus two glasses of Prosecco at Riva Restaurant (save 64 per cent)


The more you spread the word, the more you save: by recommeding Groupon to your friends, you receive €6 credit to spend on the next deal.

Groupon makes use of our collective buying power: the more customers that sign up to buy a particular service, the cheaper it can be delivered. The deals brings a whole new set of customers to retailers, and are emerging as a popular alternative to advertising.

To Win

To be in with a chance of winning a €50 voucher to spend on a deal of your choice, simply pop a comment in the box below and let us know what you think of Do you use bargain sites? What do you like or dislike about them? As usual,there’s no right or wrong answer, and the winner will be drawn at random.


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  • This offer is only open to readers in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Please do not comment more than once, if we see more than one comment from the same address we will delete all your comments and you will no longer be eligible for the competition. If you have questions about the competition, use our contact form.
  • The competition will close at 1pm on Friday October 28, and the winner will be announced the following week: be sure to check your email to see if you have won.
  • There is no cash alternative for this prize.


  1. Great prize, hope I win …..

  2. I get the groupon emails daily, I have purchsed many of their offers and I think it is a great idea.

  3. I am going to sign up to get emails it sounds really good

  4. I get the mails everyday, they are great.
    also try which groups all offers in one mail

  5. Some great deals and all, but in many cases, what’s on offer is downgraded from whats usually on offer. Watered down cocktails, limited choice menus etc.

    Also, there’s no doubt that it can harm unsuspecting restaurants, and other deal sites take a lot less of a slice.

    The market is oversaturated, which is not Groupon’s fault, but perhaps they could look at giving better value to restaurants in particular. It’s not so much an issue with service providers.

    I probably won’t win for being honest, but hey!

  6. Looks like Ive lost out on some great deals

  7. It’s a great idea. Would like to see more hotel offers for families…

  8. Too many of them but sites such as make it easier to see all of them at once. Not sure how many facials/massages one person could ever need though! Much prefer the ones for decent food 🙂

  9. I’ve got some great deals, I now eat out more now than i did in the so called “boom times”.

  10. I use deal sites, including Groupon, all the time! I especially love the restaurant vouchers, it’s a great way to try out new places.

  11. Hope I get a few vouchers for Christmas, would make a lovely present.

  12. like groupon – food value for money – when I have it

  13. I really like them, but the meals are always romantic meals for two! Not fair on us poor singletons 😛

  14. I use Groupon and other discount sites regularly. I think they’re great value – you just have to remember to use them before they expire! I’ve been bitten. 😉

  15. Every morning I take a look at the greats deals on offer.

  16. Groupon is great, I’ve gotten some great bargains for hotels and massages from it.

  17. Great for hotel breaks, hairdressing & beauty treats!

  18. It’s great for deals that you may have never got the chance to avail of because of the cost involved!

  19. Looking forward to trying a meal voucher.

  20. Love these sites, got some great value restaurant vouchers. I would not have had a chance to go to a lot of these places without using the vouchers, great way of trying out new places too.

  21. Love Groupon but would be better to get one email a day from them instead of a few. Still, great deals though 🙂

  22. I am suffering a bit from dealsite overload to be honest.

  23. Haven’t tried Groupon yet but may be tempted to soon!

  24. Great deals but too many emails!

  25. Wasn’t aware of this site.Will check it out

  26. These coupons are a great idea in the current climate

  27. My kids have used the coupons and find them great

  28. The coupons make it great value to eat out

  29. First time I’ve heard of groupon, but may try it.

  30. I love groupon – encourages us to spend a bit which we get do because we feel we get good value for our money which has reduced in recent times !

  31. A meal voucher would brighten up a cold dark evening

  32. Great value, but nothing ever in Kilkenny!

  33. I love this site. Its changed my world and how I do things. I no longer feel ripped off going out for meals withs my hair, nails and waxing all done at a reasonable rate. And if I get good service I will always return.

  34. Love the site, but scarce of cash, please let it be me this time