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Ireland awards Dutch writers

 More than 35 top travel and lifestyle journalists in the Netherlands attended this year’s ‘Ierland Press Awards’ – organised by Tourism Ireland in Amsterdam. 

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 Pictured are (back, l-r) Karen van der Horst, Tourism Ireland; Niall McKenna, chef and owner of James Street South; Irish travel writer Fionn Davenport; Peter Nash, Tourism Ireland; and front (l-r) Anne McMullan and Fiona Liversidge, both Visit Belfast; and Finola O’Mahony.
 This was the 11th year of the awards, which recognise and commend the Dutch journalists and bloggers who have written or broadcast about holidaying on the island of Ireland over the past year. The theme of this year’s event was our superb culinary experience – with Niall McKenna, the head chef and owner of the award-winning James Street South restaurant in Belfast, on hand to present some of our delicious produce, including Abernethy Butter, Portavogie Prawns and Echlinville Gin.
 
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Mullen buys Carton House

The Nama-backed sale of Carton House hotel and golf resort near Maynooth in Co Kildare has been  completed with a closing price believed to be about €57 million.

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The resort hotel was sold by the Mallaghan and Kelly families to Irish American businessman John Mullen.
Mr Mullen’s parents are from Co Mayo and this will be a personal investment and his first in Ireland. The 668-acre estate was put on the market in July with the consent of Nama. The 165-bedroom estate also includes two golf courses and extensive sports and spa facilities.
Mr Mullen is the founder and chairman of the Philadelphia-based Apple Leisure Group, which includes an international travel business and a resorts division. He began his travel career with United Airlines and later Lufthansa. In 1969, he opened a small travel agency in Drexel Hill, PA, specialising in group tours.
 
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Hotel plan for RIAC

The Royal Irish Automobile Club (RIAC) is to redevelop its historic premises on Dawson Street in Dublin.
The proposed scheme, agreed with investment group Tetrarch Capital, aims to upgrade and improve the existing buildings, which cover numbers 33-36 Dawson Street and several buildings to the rear.
The plan, which is subject to planning permission and the approval of RIAC members, is expected to cost €30 million-€35 million.
It will see 77 new bedrooms added to the club’s hotel, which will be operated by Tetrarch, using the RIAC brand in its name.
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Ely building sold

The building which houses Dublin's Ely Wine Bar and restaurant has been sold to a private investor for a figure close to the property's guide price of €1.8 million.
The  four-story over basement building in which the bar is based is located at 22 Ely Place in Dublin 2 and is currently producing €127,000 in rental income, which equates t

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o an approximate yield of 6.75%.
 Ely Wine Bar occupies the building's ground floor and basement at a rental rate of €82,000. The ground floor has seating room for up to 30 diners and can hold an additional 50 bar patrons, while a further 25 diners can be accommodated in the basement.
 
 

'Hooked' opens in Sligo

 antjo1217 ‘Hooked’ restaurant in Sligo is a new venture from Anthony Gray past president of the RAI and Chairman of the Sligo Food Trail, well known for his award winning Eala Bhán Restaurant, and is located just down the street on Rockwood Parade.
 
“Hooked is a very personal venture for me”, said Anthony Gray, “It represents both my family history and a little slice of traditional Sligo history too. It’s a different style of informal dining which effortlessly combines excellent food and quality service with style. Eilish and myself have really enjoyed developing the menu with our Head Chef Joe McGlynn who worked with us in Eala Bhán some years ago”. 
 
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