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Belmond to leave Ireland

 belmondIreland’s first luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Grand Hibernian  is to pull out of Ireland.
Belmond, the company that runs luxury hotels, trains and canal boats across the globe, says it is “too early” to reveal the train’s new base, but it expects it to remain in Europe, “where demand for immersive, slow-travel experiences of this kind is increasing”.
The Irish train lost almost half a million euro in its first operating period..
Belmond, the same company that operates the famous Orient Express, announced in 2014 that it was planning to launch an Irish sleeper train.
The service could  accommodate 40 passengers on trips around the North and Republic of Ireland. Journeys last between two and six nights.

US College game cancelled

The Irish-based promoters of a series of US college football games scheduled to be played in Dublin have confirmed that the game due to take place in the Aviva Stadium in August between the universities of Illinois and Nebraska will not go ahead due to coronavirus restrictions.
The Aer Lingus Football Classic series, estimated by Grant Thornton to be worth €65 million to the Irish economy for each game, also had its inaugural game, between Notre Dame and Navy, cancelled last year.
The Notre Dame game would have brought 40,000 high-spending US visitors to Dublin while this year’s game would have brought 25,000, the promoters estimated. The organisers are currently cancelling 105,000 hotel bed nights due to the game not taking place in Dublin this year.
 Chairman of the steering committee behind the games, Neil Naughton, who is also executive chairman of Glen Dimplex, insists its backers remain committed and that the five-year series will kick off in 2022, virus permitting.


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Camile Thai plans expansion

 Restaurant delivery group Camile Thai is to create 220 jobs locally and at least 80 more in Britain as part of a major expansion.brodysweeney
The company is also intending to raise €10 million as part of a plan to progress with a technology-centric strategy that includes automating kitchen operations and drone deliveries.
Camile Thai is to open 15 new outlets across Ireland and Britain with new Irish locations including The Point Village in Dublin, the refurbished Frascati centre in Blackrock and elsewhere in counties Waterford, Mayo, and Cork.
Among the 220 local jobs announced are roles in retail, business development, sales, marketing and in the restaurants.


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Four face Golfgate charges

Four people who were allegedly organised the Oireachtas Golf Society 'Golfgate' dinner are to be charged o

ver alleged breaches of health regulations.

They are to be prosecuted for arranging the event, which included a dinner attended by over 80 people just a day after public health restrictions were tightened to limit indoor gatherings to six people. 
 A garda investigation was launched after the event.
 It is believed the two of the four people to be prosecuted are not public figures or attendees, but were involved in the organisation of the dinner at the Station House Hotel in Clifden, Co Galway.
 A statement from the Gardai said:
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€4,000 fine for quarantine breaches

Fines as high as €4,000 could be imposed on people who breach mandatory hotel quarantine.quarantine

The Cabinet is meeting this evening to pass the legislation required for the plan, which will see travellers from countries deemed as high-risk forced to undergo two weeks in a designated facility at their own expense. 
Offenders can also be jailed for up to a month.
There are currently 20 countries on the list including Austria, Brazil and South Africa.
The hotel stay will be at the traveller's expense, with a fee of €2,000 touted, though this is still to be signed off.


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