If hotel is cancelling, you will get refund. Since hotel said that they didn't charge, you have two things to do.
Contact booking site, hotels.com and explain the situation and ask them to reverse the charge.
If they are non responsive, contact the credit card provider and say that you are disputing the charge, as you didn't get the service. Mention that ...
It looks as though there are four days on which travel will happen:
Day 1: You travel Ireland->USA
Day 2: You and grandchildren travel USA->Ireland
Day 3: Daughter travels USA->Ireland
Day 4: Daughter and the grandchildren travel Ireland->USA.
If I have that right, you need several round trip tickets:
Ireland->USA->Ireland, outbound Day 1, return Day 2, ...
Is it possible to buy a standby ticket weeks in advance and not choose your destination?
It's certainly possible, but it depends heavily on the airline and the ticket rules for the specific ticket. Every airline's accommodation tickets work differently and there are often multiple programs in the same airline.
Stand-by means "we will only take you if there ...
As OP didn't come back with "a straight answer from easyJet":
The page describing "Fees and Charges" describes a "Name change" as
If you would like to transfer your booking to a different passenger, you can do so for a fee, but without paying any fare difference. This is cheaper to do further in advance.
It also separately states:
If you make a ...
It might actually depend on where the hotel is.
Yes, EU contract law normally guarantees that you are entitled to a refund, but there are some EU governments that have taken extraordinary measures in order to reduce the monetary stress on the hotel and culture sector. For example, the Belgian government has taken some measures that allow the travel sector ...
This is an unprecedented situation that we find ourselves in, therefore there is little which is really known and below is more of an opinion.
Of course Ryanair would prefer to keep you as a customer, and hence earn money from you, this is only natural. They are doing this by offering you a free change to other flights later in the year.
However, they ...