Writing Break at Harvey's Point
A surge of interest in creative writing is evident throughout the country with memoir writing a focu...

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Flying High at Ballygarry
Padraig McGillycuddy is a high-flying hotelier. Not only is his preferred mode of transport piloting...

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IHI Founders Banquet
The annual Irish Hospitality Institute Founders Banquet and Irish Hospitality Awards takes place on ...

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Writing Break at Harvey's Point
Flying High at Ballygarry
IHI Founders Banquet


'Talking Molly' contest

What would Molly Malone’s statue say if given the gift of speech as she surveys Dublin with her cart of ‘cockles and mussels’ from her ‘pitch’ at Suffolk Street?  Would s


he sing or would she shout? The answer is up to the public as Fáilte Ireland announce a competition to put words into the mouths of the Molly Malone and the Apples & Atoms
, School of Physics (in Trinity College) statues.
 This is the latest development of the Dublin’s Talking Statues project which is an initiative of Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Sing London with the assistance of Dublin City Council, OPW, Trinity College, The National Gallery, The GPO and The Abbey Theatre.  Find out more about the project at www.talkingstatuesdublin.ie. 
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Bar and Restaurant Course

 DIT School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology, Cathal Brugha Street has announced  the commencement of a newly validated Higher Certificate in Bar and Restaurant 


Management.  The programme will start in September 2018.  
The programme will prepare its graduates for the many  opportunities in the broader beverage and food industry.  The qualification will provide the graduate with a solid foundation for further career developments within the sector and graduates from the programme who may also wish to pursue further Degree-level qualifications within the college will be facilitated on successful completion of the Higher Certificate.  Further information is available at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01 402 4344

Hotel rates rise again

New data from research analyst STR indicates that the average daily rate of Dublin hotel rooms rose close to 4% in January, with the average rate of occupancy jumping one percentage point.


Meanwhile, revenue per available room (RevPar), which incorporates both room and occupancy rates, increased 5.4% in the capital in January. Outside of Dublin, hotel RevPar rose 8.6%, with occupancy rates increasing 1.5 percentage points.
Analysts at Davy Research said, "Our forward rate tracker for the Dublin market supports our 2018 RevPar forecast of 5.5%, with particular market strength highlighted over the summer months."

Inch tops Beach Ratings


TripAdvisor has published its annual round-up of Ireland's best beaches, a list dominated this year by the Wild Atlantic Way.
Inch Beach on the Dingle Peninsula takes the top spot for 2018, followed by a previous winner - Inchydoney strand near Clonakilty, Co. Cork.
Inch was also voted Ireland's favourite beach in our Reader Travel Awards 2018, with one comment describing it simply as "heaven on earth".
TripAdvisor's Top 10 beaches in Ireland
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Good Friday Test Case

A   test case, backed by the Licensed Vintners Association, has been brought by Red Cow Inn, Dublin, to ensure pubs in Dublin will be granted late bar extensions to serve 


alcohol after normal closing times on Good Friday.
In January legislation amending the Intoxicating Liquor Act was passed allowing pubs and other licensed premises across the country to open and legally serve alcohol on the religious holiday for the first time in almost 100 years.
A decision is now being sought over special exemptions applications for late bars in Dublin on Good Friday, which falls on March 30 next.
 They have been adjourned pending a decision by Judge Michael Coghlan at Dublin District Court.
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