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Pubs warn against opening delay

The Vintners' Federation of Ireland said the longer pubs are closed to indoor service, the more businesses will fail. pub0820

As part of its proposed easing of restrictions, the Government announced that  hotels could reopen indoor dining and drinking, to residents only, on June 2, while pubs and restaurants could only open for outdoor service on June 7. 

“It is vital that a date is provided as soon as possible for indoor service to resume,” a spokesperson for the Licensed Vintners’ Association (LVA) said. 
 If the Government is serious about having a summer of domestic tourism then pubs and all hospitality businesses need to be able to allow customers indoors as soon as the vaccine rollout progresses and it is safe enough to do so." 
The VFI has said that the “short-term solution” of opening outdoor services must be followed by a resumption of indoor service. It will take years for pubs to fully recover, it said. 

Fleadh 2022 for Mullingar

Mullingar has been named as the host town for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in August, 2022.fleadh0521
The Fleadh is the biggest event on the Irish music and cultural calendar and attracts hundreds of thousands of people each August, with up to a quarter of visitors coming from overseas.
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann says 2022 year will see the return of the Fleadh as it was prior to the pandemic.
Mullingar had been chosen to host the 2020 and 2021 events but both were cancelled due to Covid-19.
Announcing the host town on RTÉ's This Week radio program, Labhrás Ó Murchú, Ardstiúrthóir of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann said it was a unanimous decision to award the 2022 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann to Mullingar.


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Agents call for EU travel re-opening

The Irish Travel Agents Association is asking Government to initiate plans to reopen international travel within the EU.  Presenting to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transpodawsonrt later today, the ITAA is calling for the swift implementation of Digital Green Certificates in line with EU regulations and for the Government to begin to unwind current restrictions preventing international travel in order to restore consumer confidence and to set about rebuilding the Irish travel industry.

 The ITAA delegation will highlight the impact of current restrictions on travel, stating that it is imperative to support and engage with proposed EU policies for the restart of travel, particularly the Digital Green Certificates. The EU Parliament voted last week to approve the Certificates, which will be law by June and must be rolled out by all EU member states within six weeks.


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Stobart adds Cardiff flights

Stobart Air is adding two new routes to the Aer Lingus Regional network, which it operates.stobart0402
A new Dublin to Cardiff route will initially operate three times a week from August 30.
The service will be available on Monday, Friday and Sunday.
Flights between Belfast and Cardiff will initially operate four times a week - on Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday - from August 30.
Stobart Air said its flights operate in line with protocols put in place by the UK and Irish governments and health authorities.


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Cahernane Summer Offer

Cahernane House Hotel in Killarney, Co. Kerry has announced a  ‘Destination Killarney’ package (from €603 per person sharing).  This offer is available as a 4- or 5-night option.    The 5-night Destination Killarney Package includes a stay in a Deluxe Room with breakfast each morning and a 4-course evening meal served on four evenings.   The package also includes a complimentary history tour of the 19th century manor house which has been sympathetically restored to its former glory by the current owners, the PREM Group.
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