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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More Finnair Flights

 Tourism Ireland has welcomed  the announcement by Finnair that it will expand its service between Helsinki and Dublin for summer 2016, from a daily service to nine flights a week. This will mean an additional 1,800 seats between the two cities for next summer – helping to boost leisure and business travel from Finland to Dublin and Ireland. It is also good news for tourism from our longer-haul markets, as Finnair offers excellent connections from Asia – including from Hong Kong and from cities like Beijing and Shanghai in China and Delhi in India – bringing even greater connectivity to Ireland for prospective holidaymakers in those markets.
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100m Fly Ryanair

Ryanair has become the first airline to carry over 100 million international passengers in one year, according to new figures.


The airline said rolling annual traffic to December grew 17 per cent to 101.4 million.
Ryanair said passenger traffic rose 25 per cent last month versus the same month a year earlier. Overall, it carried 7.5 million customers in December 2015, compared to 6 million for December 2014. The airline attributed the rise in passenger numbers to lower fares following the terrorist events in Paris.
Load factor rose 3 percentage points to 91 per cent as against 88 per cent for the same month a year earlier.

Dalata may buy Cork Hotel

Plans for the €10m sale of a part-completed Cork City centre hotel building to the Dalata Hotel Group are well advanced, according to a report in the 'Irish Examiner'.
 The country’s largest hotel operator, with over 6,700 rooms and 38 hotels, Dalata has been negotiating the acquisition of the prime hotel site, with scope for 120 bedrooms at Parnell Place.
 It also fronts Beasley Street, and has a small corner presence onto the 97, South Mall bank building. It is a block away from the Clarion Hotel along Lapps Quay, which the Dalata Group acquired late last year for €35m.
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The 'Irish Force' Be With You

You have to watch a lot of the new 'Star Wars' film before you see Skellig Michael, but the wait is well worthwhile.


The craggy monsatic island looks absolutely magnificent and the monastic setting is just perfect for the rte-entry to the story of a middle-aged Luke Skywalker.
The epic sci-fi movie was shot in many locations with a bewildering series of special effects set pieces created in studios, but the sheer majesty of Skellig Michael jumps off the screen. You almost want to give it a round of applause.
Meanwhile Tourism Ireland has launched ‘behind-the-scenes’ film – phase 2 of its Star Wars campaign
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Longford is Cleanest Town

Longford was offiially named as Ireland’s cleanest town at a ceremony in Dublin.
The midlands town had been vying with Drogheda, Dungarvan, Dún Laoghaire and reigning champion Kilkenny for the prize, and eventually won out with Dún Laoghaire coming second.
Sites in Longford were said to be “not just clear of litter, but many were also “superbly presented and maintained,” according to surveyors from An Taisce.
Organising group Irish Business Against Litter (Ibal) said it will now enlist the services of a “foremost artist” to create a prominent public sculpture in the winning town to recognise its success, and all top five areas have been awarded an emperor lime tree provided by the Irish Tree Centre.
No towns were deemed to be litter blackspots last year and just one area was categorised as being seriously littered, and Ibal now counts three-quarters of areas surveyed as being clean to European norms this constitutes a drop of 15 per cent compared to 2014.
Once again, Farranree in Cork and Dublin’s north inner city propped up the rankings, with the former named as Ireland’s only seriously littered town.
Both areas registered improvements on their 2014 performances, but parts of the capital’s inner city such as Rutland Street Lower and Gardiner Street Business Park were regarded as being litter blackspots.


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