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5,000 Opticians for Dublin

Fáilte Ireland has announced another major conference win for Dublin with more than 5,000 overseas delegates jetting in to Dublin to attend ECOC 2019 – The European 

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Conference & Exhibition on Optical Communication. The conference is the largest conference on optical communication in Europe, and one of the most prestigious and long-standing events in this field worldwide. The 5,000 international delegates will generate activity worth an estimated €7-million to the Irish economy.
 
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'Open' for K Club

The K Club in Straffan, Co. Kildare will stage next year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation from May 19-22.  The resort 

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will once again set the scene for some of the world’s greatest golfers including the World Number 1, Rory McIlroy.   The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open will have one of the highest prize funds on The 2016 Race to Dubai outside the Major Championship and World Golf Championship events with a prize fund of €4 million to play for.
 
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Marketing Award for Failte Ireland

Fáilte Ireland picked up a silver award at the Meetings Industry Marketing Awards (MIMA)  this weekend in London for the category ‘Best Use of Video Marketing’ in relation to its ‘Event island’ video to encourage international events to choose Ireland.
 
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Holland Buys Belfast Hotel

A company owned by Michael Holland has bought the 130-bedroom Fitzwilliam Hotel in Belfast city centre in a deal valued at around €23 million. Mr Holland’s management company, Hotel Partners, had been running the hotel on Great Victoria Street in the city since it opened in mid-2009. It emerged on Monday that a sister company of Ampleforth bought the property from its previous owner, investment vehicle Graffan. The Fitzwilliam was developed at a cost of €27 million and began trading in 2009, since when it has become one of Belfast’s most popular hotels. Ampleforth has reported that its earnings grew 16 per cent last year to €3.9 million on a turnover of €32 million.

Bewley's Re-Opening Delay

Bewley’s cafe on Grafton Street in Dublin is to reopen in either next February or March, some six months later than the Irish coffee group originally intended. Bewley’s closed the cafe in February for a refurbishment that was intended to simplify its offering and focus it on the ground floor of the seven-floor building. However, it has since decided to renovate the first floor of the cafe to be “trading ready” and would consider opening this space if demand driven by the recovery in the Irish economy and strong tourist numbers continues. “Our hope would be to trade in these areas in the fullness of time,” Mr Cahill said.

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