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


Sodexo Backs Inspirefest

 Sodexo Ireland is a sponsor of Inspirefest, the festival of technology, science, design and the arts taking place at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin from 30 June to 1 July 2016.
 Margot Slattery, country president, Sodexo Ireland is pictured with Ann O’Dea, the founder of Inspirefest.
 inspire616 Like Inspirefest, Sodexo is committed to furthering diversity and inclusion in business and country president Margot Slattery will be on stage on Thursday 30th June to talk about ‘Workplace Diversity and Inclusion’ as part of the core conference programme.
 Sodexo is also providing the catering services and its menu for the international speakers welcome evening will showcase the very best in locally sourced Irish produce to some of the biggest names in global sci-tech whilst the delegate lunchboxes will include a range of healthy foods from Irish family-owned businesses such as Keelings, Good4U and Sprout & Co.
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'East' funds for Cobh Centre

The first project completed in Cork, as part of Failte Irelands €2.3 million euro investment in Ancient Spaces Grant Fund, has been unveiled at Titanic Experience Cobh.   
 Gillen and Sonya Joyce, Titanic Experience Cobh are pictured with Jenny de Saulles, Head of Ireland's Ancient East, Fáilte Ireland centre). 
 cobh616Situated in the original White Star Line Office in Cobh, the success of Titanic Experience to date has been in the connection it gives visitors to the people on board Titanic. Thanks to the funding received from Fáilte Ireland under the ‘New ideas in Ancient Spaces’ grant support scheme, the completed works include new character projections, audio stations and AV presentations.
New for Summer 2016, visitors can immerse themselves in sights, sounds and even smells from the great liner! As Gillen Joyce explains “we have always tried to give an immersive experience here at Titanic Experience Cobh and with our new exhibits we take this further, bringing our key stories to life. You will now hear first-hand accounts of the sinking from Queenstown survivors, meet character portrayals, and experience the rescue of over 700 survivors on board Carpathia.”
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Planning for Coombe Hotel

A €40m 257-bed hotel planned for Dublin city centre has been given the green light.
  Planned by the Hodson Bay hotel group,  the hotel will be built on a site on Dean Street, close to St Patrick’s Cathedral in the Coombe area of the city.
 The four star hotel is expected to employ up to 200 full time staff in the city. The group has previously stated that the new hotel will be operated under a franchise license with a major brand and due to their existing strong relationship with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, the new property is likely to be opened as a Sheraton Hotel.
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Virtual WAW for All

 Fáilte Ireland says that virtual reality (VR) experiences along the Wild Atlantic Way can now be accessed publicly via apps or on desktops. The tourism authority also unveiled its new 360° views of the Wild Atlantic Way which will add another level of immersion when visitors research the destination.


  Fáilte Ireland recently piloted VR as a potential sales tool at ITB Berlin, one of the world’s largest tourism trade fairs with 10,000 exhibitors from 187 countries and territories and with approximately 100,000 international trade visitors and members of the public in attendance. 
  Following on from the successful demonstration to the international trade, Failte Ireland are now giving everyone the chance to view the experiences for themselves. A number of exciting activities (surfing under the Cliffs of Moher; sea stack climbing; beach horse riding; and cycling along the Wild Atlantic Way) are now all available on virtual reality apps including LittleStar and Samsung Milk VR. 
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Irish at Meetings Show


 As part of the push to grow conference and business tourism from Great Britain, 15 tourism businesses joined Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland in London this week, at The Meetings Show 2016.
 Pictured are Joanne Walsh, Lough Erne Resort; Aoife McHale, Visit Derry; Lydia Toal, Wallace Travel Group; Gráinne Murphy, Tourism Ireland; Róisín Gaffney, Fáilte Ireland; Róisin O’Sullivan, The Marker Hotel; Joyce McElroy, Tourism Ireland; Gillian Griffin, Adare Manor; Lorna Hennebry, Citywest Hotel; and Úna Young, Select Hotels of Ireland.
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