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Things to know about travel this week

  • Terrible beauty is born: WB Yeats delay costs Irish Ferries owner €2.5m
  • South Africa to make family visits easier with visa change
  • Icelandair to fly daily this winter from Dublin to Reykjavik
  • Globe-sailing Norwegian Sun docks in Dublin
  • Turkish Airlines rains supreme despite opening day dampener
  • DAA wants interested parties to build T2 hotel at Dublin Airport
  • New CEO, now a new Chairman: Basil Geoghegan appointed by DAA
  • Bad weather brought clouds to tourism: Failte Ireland

Video watch.

After Ireland got to the final for first time in four years, the country’s been in the grip of Eurovision fever. Ryanair took its own unique take on the competition, looking back at songs from yesteryear (watch here). British Airways manages to fly from Heathrow to San Francisco in four minutes flat (watch here). Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers took over parts of Kerry last weekend. Watch here the highlights from Fáilte Ireland’s May the 4th Be With You Festival.

  • It is normally your fellow passengers you have to worry about – but United Airlines has apologised over a flight attendant’s bizarre behaviour. Watch the KPRC Houston news report here. America’s Southwest Airlines faces a new investigation after a second mid-air scare in just weeks. A window cracked during a flight from Chicago to Newark, CBS reported here.
  • A row over switching off a light switch escalated into a deadly incident at Philadelphia International Airport. One airport worker is accused of stabbing a colleague, the city’s 6ABC News reports here.
  • You should really keep in touch with your mother – but KLM is helping us to keep in touch by offering free flights to dedicated sons and daughters (watch here).

Behind the Headlines

Derek Hanekom, South African Tourism Minister says he will have resolved visa issues that devastated family booking to South Africa by the end of June. Speaking to Travel Etxra at Indaba in Durban, he said that the anti child trafficking measures introduced in 2015 had created un necessary bureaucratic obstacles for families wishing to holliday in South Africa. Cyril Ramaphosa has called on his reappointed minister, who fell out of favour under Zuma, and CEO Sisa Ntshona to double tourism numbers to South Africa, 31,510 Irish visited South Africa in 2017, up 3.2pc ftom 30,545 in 2016 and 25,769 on 2015. Watch here full press conference with Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom. Watch here full press conference with Sisa Ntshona CEO of South Africa tourism.  Picture shows the Minister with Tolene Van Der Merwe, who directs South Africa tourism for both Ireland and Britain from London. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

The delayed delivery this summer of the WB Yeats passenger ship has cost Irish Ferries parent ICG €2.5m in lost revenue.Delivery of its new vessel from the Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselchaft shipyard in Germany will be delayed beyond the July date when it was expected to come into service on the Dublin-Cherbourg route. Revenues overall were up 1.4pc to €96.4m. John B. Guckian, Chairman of the Irish Continental Group plc; Eamonn Rothwell, Chief Executive Officer; and David Ledwidge, Chief Financial Officer, are pictured at the annual general meeting of the company in the Gibson Hotel, Dublin.

Travel Trade

Travel Centres 2018 conference is open for registration. The event takes place in Fota Island resort just outside Cork on November 9th & 10th. Agency staff wishing to attend the Gala Dinner and Awards on Saturday night pay just €29 but must have participated in the workshop sessions during the day.

Ryan Zhang was appointed Ireland Country Manager Ireland for Hainan AirlinesHainan Airlineslaunch a 4w service Beijing-Dublin from June 12 with A330-300.  Flights will be overnight in both directions. Departures from Beijing are scheduled at 0130, non-stop to Dublin on Thu and Sun arriving 0600, and via Edinburgh on Tue and Sat arriving Dublin 0910.  Dublin departures on Tue and Sat will be at 1110 non-stop and Thu and Sun at 0800 via Edinburgh, all arriving Beijing next day at 0500. Hainan has an extensive connecting network at Beijing.  Hainan;s entry to the market has lopped €200 off the average one way fare form Dublin to Beijing.

Viking Sun will be travelling the world for 254 days next year – in a round-the-world cruise costing approximately €75,000, and taking in 59 countries. Viking Cruises – better known for river cruising – showed agents around Sun, with an emphasis on luxury (one-week cruises cost around €1400 with drinks free at meals) and few hidden extras, so spa visits are free, drink packages around €20 a day and beer or wine from less than a fiver, Picture shows Vlad Daineko, Hamilton Shipping; Olav Soevdsnes, Master of the ship; and Pat Ward, Dublin Port, at the official welcoming ceremony. See more pictures here or connect to the album on Facebook. Watch here as Head of Sales Neil Barclay tells why the line is keen to work with the trade.

Picture shows key trade on a visit to the Ponantl uxury super-yacht Le Soleal.in Cork, Dominic Burke of Travel Centres, Sean Healy of Lee Travel, Jocelyn Burke of Travel Centres, Nabil Maillard of Ponant, Mary Lee Johnson of Lee Travel, Liz Murphy of Discover Travel, Liana O’Shea of Discover Travel and Emma Leahy of Travel Fox

Agents can win summer prizes from CMV by making a booking during the months of May or June and send on the details.of name, CAR licence number and booking reference.

The ITAA voiced concerns over chaotic scenes during the week as an Aer Lingus flight was delayed by a slow-moving passport queue at Faro Airport

Turkish Airlines got the branding out as the Ireland Senior Men’s cricket team made history with a debut at Test level, against Pakistan at Malahide. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook. It has been a busy week elsewhere for Turkish Airlines, with Onur Gull and Steve Wilson of the Gloria hotels group hosting Irish golf media in the resort of Antalya.

Travel Extra Contributing Editor Mark Evans was asked to capture the mood, and pen an article – in Turkish and English – for Turkish Airlines’ Skylife business magazine, read by passengers across the world’s biggest route network.

Pamela Brownlee, MD of Ballina’s Fly Away Travel and Cruises for You said she is changing her business model, getting out of bricks-and-mortar retail. She said the company is “changing to a more bespoke business model that will allow them to provide a more tailor-made service for their clients”.

Picture shows Lynn Dempsey of Newbridge Travel who was the winner of the holiday for two people in a Travel Focus trade incentive, in association with Emirates, whereby every booking made using Emirates as the carrier was entered into a draw to win a holiday to South Africa. Flying with Emirates the prize includes 5 nights accommodation in the Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel and transfers

  • Former Skytours MD and now travel writer Sarah Slattery -has a new travel expert in the family: her son, Luke O’Kelly, the only Irish member of a panel of young children tasked with telling Royal Caribbean to design ships of the future based on what kids really want to see onboard. Full story here.
  • Irish travel software firm Datalex‘s digital commerce platform will be used by Brazilian loyalty coalition network Multiplus in a new partnership deal. The Brazilian firm has over 19m members who can accrue and redeem points from over 300 partner retailers, including Oneworld airlines, Booking.com, and Airbnb.
  • Even before the maiden Icelandair flight from Dublin to Reykjavki’s Keflavik Airport took off, the airline  revealed exclusively to Travel Extra that the 6w service will go daily from October. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook And watch here as PR Head Lea Gestsdóttir Gayet talks to Travel Extra about the new launch of the service.
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Strange World

How do you make your wine taste even better? Play classical music to the grapes while they are growing (obviously). Travel Extramet Carl Van der Merwe of De Morgenzon winery on a group media visit to Western Cape, he plays Bach and Handel to the growing grapes, shutting the music off at night so as not to stress them. We can vouch for the quality of the wine. See more pictures hereor connect with the album on Facebook.

Keeping it classy: Manhattan’s Moxy Times Square hotel is celebrating the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle by placing condoms with a Union flag logo in rooms.

  • Prosecutors in Rome are investigating the latest bus explosion in the city’s historic centre – the 10th in all. The bizarre blasts are being blamed on short-circuits.
  • New Zealand has launched a tongue-in-cheek tourism campaign, asking why is the country often left off world maps. The campaign features Prime Minister PM Jacinda Ardern and comedian Rhys Darby.
  • A man not to holiday with: Colorado man Dylan McWilliams has been bitten by a shark in Hawaii, attacked by a rattlesnake and mauled by a bear in less than four years.
  • The CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, George Szigeti, said Kilauea volcano is being monitored around the clock to provide the public with the best information. But he said that, amid cancellations, the Big Island is “immense” and there are large parts of the island unaffected by the volcano.
  • Discovery Wildlife Park in Alberta, Canada, has been fined after forgetting to tell police they were taking their bear out for ice cream.

International

Fatbike (wide bicycle tyre) sand dune tours have become a fad recently. Travel Extra and other key international travel writers sampled the craze on Dave Caravias’ tour thorugh the dunes of De Kelders, Gansbaai, SouthAfrica last week. Picture shows Dave Caravias who hosted the group   See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook. See Dave’s website here.

A paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests that tourism accounts for 8pc of all greenhouse gas emissions, four times higher than previous estimates.

  • US border authorities cannot search travellers’ mobile phones without having reason to believe a particular traveler has committed a crime, an American federal appeals court ruled.
  • The Jamaica Tourist Boardlaunched a new campaign called #JoinMeInJamaica which sees local Jamaicans give an insight into their life on island.
  • An Amarachsurvey commissioned by Irish online GP service videoDocshows that one in four Irish Adults have needed to access a GP while on holidays.
  • The ITAA called on authorities to address the issues at passport control as the country looks forward to the peak summer season.
  • Aquatica Orlando’s Ray Rushopened to the public
  • The World Health Organisation said it is preparing for the “worst case scenario” after dozens of people have been infected in an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Award-wining film director Carlos Carvalho was headbutted to death by a giraffe while shooting footage at a safari lodge in South Africa. He was taking close-up shots of the animal named Gerald when it swung its neck and knocked him flying through the air.
  • Authorities are hunting a leopard in Uganda which snatched and ate the three-year-old son of a wildlife ranger in the Queen Elizabeth National Park.
  • A train was detained after a passenger train hit a stationery freight train near Aichach, southern Germany, killing its driver and a passenger and injuring 14.
  • Lonely Planet CEO Daniel Houghton has left the company amid reports that the travel brand and guidebook publisher is up for sale.
  • SeaWorld Orlando has just launched its latest ride, Ray Rush, a family water slide.

Food & Beverage

In response to critics who said government plans to fund buses to ease rural isolation would be used to bring drinkers home from rural pubs on Friday and Saturday nights, Transport Minister Shane Ross told RTE’s Morning Ireland: “It is for communities to get together, go off and play bingo, if they want to go to the pub they can.”

  • Accumulated profits dropped slightly to €2.63m at Darina Allen‘s Ballymaloe Cookery School in Co Cork last year after the school increased its number of employees and invested in the company’s property.
  • One of the developers charged over the illegal demolition of the 160-year-old Corkman Hotel pub in Melbourne has pleaded guilty, but his fellow director is preparing to fight the charges.
  • A restaurant owner had hit back at a customer’s TripAdvisor review, saying staff don’t go out of their way if they are a “rude c***”. Gary Usher, who owns Manchester restaurant Hispi and a chain of bistros in England, said he hates TripAdvisor. The reviewer gave a one star review – titled ‘No customer skills’ – after the restaurant didn’t have any of the lemonade he liked to put into his £120 bottle of red wine.

Hotels

Developer Joe O’Reilly is reported to be looking to develop a 177-bedroom hotel on the grounds of Killeen Castle in Co Meath. The plan would involve the construction of a new building to house 160 bedrooms, while the remainder would be located within the castle, alongside a bar and dining facilities.Cian Landers, General Manager, far right, and Siobhan O'Sullivan, Director of Sales and Marketing, far left, celebrate with Fitzwilliam Hotel staff after it was awarded a five-star rating by the AA, May 8, 2018

The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast, has officially been awarded a five-star rating by the AA. The hotel is also nearing completion of a second £2m investment to upgrade rooms and increase capacity at its premises on Great Victoria Street. Cian Landers, General Manager, far right, and Siobhan O’Sullivan, Director of Sales and Marketing, far left, celebrate with Fitzwilliam Hotel staff after the property was awarded the rating.

The DAA is looking for a company or consortium to design, build, finance and operate a 400-bedroom terminal-linked hotel at Dublin Airport before planning permission runs out next March. Full story here.

Tens of thousands of casino-hotel employees in Las Vegas could go on strike in a row over employment contracts. The Culinary Union, representing 50,000 casino employees whose contracts will expire at the end of the month, said they will hold a strike ballot on May 22. A majority of yes votes would allow the union’s negotiators to call for a strike at any time from June 1 and cripple the city.Colin Brown, the new General Manager of Glenlo Abbey, May 2018

Shannon Hotel Management graduate Colin Brown is the new General Manager of Glenlo Abbey Hotel in Galway. A decade in the industry, Colin Brown has held various managerial positions with the prestigious Red Carnation Hotel Group. In 2013 he returned to Ireland and took-up a position as Rooms Division Manager at Dylan Dublin. And he was Hotel Manager at The Lodge at Ashford Castle from 2014.

InterContinental Hotels Group has signed new deals to grow seven of its brands in Western China. The 10 hotels will be in well-known destinations, including Sichuan, Chongqing, Shaanxi, Yunnan, Gansu and Guizhou Province. The new hotels will not only operate under existing IHG brands, but also introduce new ones to the market.

Aviation

You could not make it up department: Just as the European Commission and the US government were about to signan agreement in The Hague not to impose time limitations on the operation of wet leaseson each other’s airlines, France snubbed reviewing the text because of a lack of a French version. The move appears part of a wider campaign by France to advance French to the forefront of official EU languages rather than English now that English voters have chosen to exit the bloc.

  • CSO figures suggest air fares are down 29pc in April, an astonishing figure that does not come with an explanation (Easter was April 1 this year).
  • Aer Lingus passenger numbers are up 0.8pcin April and load factor down 6.4 to 75.6pc, ossibly due to earlier Easter.
  • Stobart Group made a profit before tax of £100.6m in the year ended February 28 compared with a loss of £8m the year before. passenger numbers aree up 9pc and revenue up from £129.4m to £242m, due to including Stobart Air revenue.
  • British Airways are returning to Durban, the city which hosted the Routes conference two years ago, with a direct London-Durban 3w flight to commence October 29 using a Boeing 787.
  • Basil Geoghegan was named new chairman designate of Dublin airport. He advised Ryanair and Aer LIngus in his role as a banker and was non executive director fo the IAA.
  • Analysis by anna.aero suggests Ryanair is offering 7.37m seats offered at Dublinin 2018, up 4pc.  Ryanair’s top 13 routes at Dublin are almost unchanged (seats May v May).  Seats to Germany are up 73pc due ito new routes to Munich and Stuttgart. Stansted is up 6pc and is thr busiest route followed by Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Amsterdam, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Faro, Luton, Glasgow, Bristol, Barcelona and Madrid.
  • Ryanair announced 9 additional new routesfrom Morocco, 5 from Marrakesh to Bordeaux, Bratislava, Oslo, Stockholm & Stuttgart, and 4 from Fez to Brest, Bordeaux, Turin & Venice Treviso.
  • Ryanair promoted Chiara Ravaraas its new Head of Sales & Marketing, from her previous role as Senior Sales & Marketing Manager.  Chiara has worked in Ryanair since 2014, joining from Aviareps in Italy, and will spearhead Ryanair’s Sales & Marketing team and activities across 37 countries in Europe and North Africa.  She appears to report to Ryanair’s Marketing Operations Director Matthias Wenk.
  • IAG’s low-cost airline Level may look to start a low-cost transatlantic service from Ireland, CEO Willie Walsh said, adding that Level is to increase its fleet of five Airbus SE A330s to seven. Level is small but has been growing. The airline currently has three planes based in Barcelona and two based in Paris’ Orly Airport.
  • Willie Walsh said bringing in two additional planes will also mean the airline looking to expand the network to “at least one other European city”. IAG is looking in particular at three alternatives, Mr Walsh said. Dublin is not one of them, but could be looked at, he told the Irish Independent.
  • Malaga-bound Aer Lingus Flight EI582 was forced to return to Dublin on Thursday amid fears that a hare had been sucked into one of the jet’s engines on the runway. The Airbus A330-300 headed back to Ireland while near Brest in France because of vibrations felt. No evidence of an ingested hare has been found.
  • France’s transport minister Elisabeth Borne says she fears for the future of strike-prone Air France following the departure of its CEO Jean-March Janaillac, saying it is “less competitive than its partner KLM and other European airlines”. And Bloomberg reported that the Dutch arm of Air France-KLM Group is growing increasingly frustrated with mounting losses from strikes on the French side and wants to have more power in the alliance’s management structure.
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Dublin Airport is normally buzzing with passengers – not it is buzzing with bees too, 250,000 in fact. And bees from hives on airport lands have produced their first batch of honey. Being harvested from four hives housing Irish dark native honey bees, the honey has been named Nect-Air and is now part of the menu in airport executive lounges. Síle O’Kane (6) and beekeeper Colm Fogarty are pictured at the launch of the first batch of honey last week.

  • Emirates made a $762m profit, 124pc up on the previous year, after it added nine new aircraft to its fleet. Revenue was up by 9pc to $25.2bn.
  • Stobart Group aims to grow its operations at Southend Airport to help solve the London airport capacity crisis. It wants to increase passenger numbers and attract more airlines to the Essex airport, which is already the  fastest growing in Britain. Passenger numbers grew 29pc in 2017 to just over one million.
  • A worn-out oil filter forced an American Airlines flight with 156 passengers to make an emergency landing early on Thursday at Kennedy Airport, just 23 minutes after leaving LaGuardia.
  • Israel’s El Al Airlines refused to comments on reports that it is changing its policy on compensation for delayed flights from the more generous EU ruling to local Israeli law.

Dublin Airport is showcasing Press Photographers Association of Ireland Exhibition 2018 which is open to the public and runs until May 24 at Dublin Airport. Sinead O’Donnell, Communications Co-ordinator, DAA, is pictured with some of the images. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Afloat

Carnival Cruise Line‘s 3,000-passenger Carnival Sunshine will be the largest cruise ship calling in Havana. The line is expanding its offerings to Cuba, from Charleston, South Carolina, from November 2019.

  • While sister ship Viking Sun iwas n Dublin, Viking Ocean Cruises’ sixth ship, Viking Jupiter, took to the water for the first time at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy.
  • The original The Love Boat TV cast, along with Princess Cruises, were honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce with a Walk of Fame star plaque. The show premiered in 1977 and ran until 1987.
  • MSC Cruises has delayed the christening of MSC Seaview, resulting in the cancellation of the ship’s preview sailing. It will take delivery of MSC Seaview on June 4, and the christening ceremony will now take place June 9 in Genoa, instead of Rome as planned.
  • Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas cancelled its scheduled call on Hilo in Hawaii due to the ongoing eruption by the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island.

Ireland

TV personality Baz “50 ways to kill your mammy” Ashmawy joined 50 Irish hoteliers and conference organisers to attract British conferences and meeting planners to Ireland. Fáilte Ireland’s Dublin Convention Bureau says business tourism is worth a potential €45m, as it promoted Dublin and Ireland at its annual Meet Dublin in London event. Sam Johnston Fáilte Ireland; Jacqueline Kilmurry Powerscourt Estate; Karina Dunne, Druids Glen; Ciara Gallagher Fáilte Ireland on board the Silver Sturgeon at the 2017 Meet Dublin in London event

Bus Éireann is to recruit 190 new drivers as well as mechanics, as part of an ongoing expansion of the national network.

  • The 120,000 fans of TV’s Game of Thrones who visit the north to see the show’s locations are worth €34m a year to the local economy, according to Tourism NI. It reckons that about
  • The National Museum has unveiled an €85m plan to link two of its museums on Kildare and Merrion streets. Collins Barracks will also get new galleries for earth, science and world cultures.
  • A Canadian tourist helped save a man from drowning during a dramatic river rescue in the centre of Cork city.
  • Iarnród Éireann has appointed Clare-born Jim Meade as its new chief executive, replacing David Franks, who left in March to become CEO of Keolis Downer in Australia.
  • Fáilte Ireland’s first ‘May the Fourth Be With You’ festival wrapped up last weekend after three days of events across the Kerry villages of Ballyferriter, Portmagee, Ballinskelligs and Valentia Island. Events included a special céilí for Star Wars fans which saw costumed dancers take the stage in a great meeting of traditional Irish culture and the Star Wars Universe. Luka O’Brien, from Artane, Dublin, is pictured in Portmagee.
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Deal Watch

Click and Go offers: Dublin to Rome, 3 nights in the 4* Gambrinus Hotel, from €299pp, depart May 2018. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights in the 3 Key The Suites at Beverly Hills Apartments, Los Cristianos, from €429pp, depart June. Dublin to Lanzaroute, 7 nights in the 2 Key Costa Volcan & Spa Apartments, Puerto del Carmen, from €459pp, depart June. www.clickandgo.com

  • Insight Vacations offers: Warsaw and the Baltic states escorted tour, 8 days visiting Poland, Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia, from €1879 per person sharing, including flights, transfers, and 8 nights’ accommodation in the best locations, depart July 14. Guests who book any Insight Vacations trip between now and 31 May 2018 will also receive a free 1-night stay at The Lodge at Ashford Castle, bed and breakfast plus dinner at Wilde’s Restaurant. www.insightvacations.com  or call 01 775 3803.
  • ITAA US offers: Dublin to New York, 4 nights in 4* DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan Hotel, from €1239pps, includes return flights with British Airways (must be booked before May 31), depart dates between October 28 and December 11 with TravelAgent.ie on http://itaa.ie/2018/05/02/shop-nyc/ Dublin to Boston, 1 night stay in the 5* Langham Hotel and 12 nights onboard Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas in an interior cabin, with prepaid gratuities and $200 onboard credit, flight home from Miami and transfers, from €1755pps, depart October 27 with Travalue.ie on http://itaa.ie/2018/05/01/boston-cruise/ Dublin to Orlando, 7 nights in Universal’s brand-new Aventura Hotel, from €839pps, depart September with Tour America on http://itaa.ie/2018/04/30/7-nights-aventura-hotel/. Flights from Cork and Shannon also available.
  • Sunway offers: Summer sale runs until tomorrow, May 14, with holidays from €299pp, and needing just €50 deposit. Dublin to Algarve 7 nights self-catering 2*+ Bayside Apartments , from €299pp, depart May. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self-catering 2* Monte Verde  Apartments, from €499pp, depart June 2. Dublin to Costa Del Sol, 7 nights B&B 3*San Fermin Hotel, from €499pp, depart June 9. Dublin to Sardinia, 7 nights B&B 3*San Marco  Hotel, from €599pp, depart June 16. Dublin to Sicily, 7 nights self-catering 2* Miosotis Apartments, from €549pp, depart June 16. Dublin to Kusadasi , 7 nights B&B 3* Esat Hotel, from €299pp, depart May. Dublin to Venice for Croatia & Greece Fly Cruise, 7 nights Norwegian Star premium all-inclusive, from €1435pp, depart September 23. Dublin to US for New York Stay & St Bart’s Fly Cruise, includes 3 night pre cruise stay in New York, plus 11-night cruise onboard Silver Spirit all-inclusive with dedicated butler service, from €4750pp, depart November 2. Dublin to Venice for one-night pre-cruise and 7 nights on board Rhapsody of the Seas for Greece & Montenegro Fly Cruise, from €925pp, depart November 16. Dublin to Abu Dhabi for Abu Dhabi & Dubai Fly Cruise, 8 nights onboard MSC Splendida all-inclusive in balcony cabin, from €1379pp, depart December 16. Dublin to Barcelona for Canaries & Morocco Fly Cruise, 10 nights onboard Norwegian Spirit, from €1591pp, depart November 22. Dublin to Florida for Mexico & Grand Cayman Fly Cruise, with one night in Fort Lauderdale and 10 onboard Celebrity Edge, from €1675pp, depart January 19. www.sunway.ie
  • Topflight Italian offers: Dublin to Peschiera, Lake Garda, 7 nights self-catering 4* Bella Italia Bungalows, from €499pps was €634 (2 adult & 2 children), depart May 19. Dublin to Desenzano, Lake Garda, 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Benaco, from €869pps was €1029, depart June 9. Dublin to Rimini, Adriatic Riviera, 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Milton, from €799pps was €1077, depart June 15. Dublin to Tuscan Countryside, 7 nights self-catering 4* Camping Village Norcenni, from €499pps was €654 (2 adult & 2 children), depart May 25. Dublin to Riva, Lake Garda, 7 nights B&B 3* Ambassador Suite Hotel, from €619pps was €759. Dublin to Sorrento & Amalfi Coast, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Conca Park, from €899pps was €1249, depart June 3. Dublin to Letojanni, Sicily, 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Delle Palme, from €599pps was €789, depart May 26. Dublin to Giardini Naxos, Sicily, 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Diamond, from €829pps was €1056, depart June 9. Dublin to Lido di Jesolo, Venetian Riviera, 7 nights half  board 3* Hotel Portofino, from €669pps was €829, depart June 9. Dublin to Italian for 3 nights Rome and 7 nights Sicily 4* experience, from  €1399pps. Dublin to Italy for Lake Garda, Venice & Wine Tasting in Trentino, includes return flights from Dublin to Verona and return airport transfers, 7 nights half board at the 4* Hotel Majestic Palace in Malcesine, half-day excursion to the Maso Roveri vineyard in Trentino. Plus, full-day guided excursion to Venice, including a guided tour, guided tour of Lake Garda, rep service in resort, from €899pps, depart May 26. www.topflight.ie, call 01-240 1700 or visit your local travel agent.
  • TUI offers: Cork to Lanzarote, 7 nights self-catering 3* Caybeach Sun Apartments, Playa Blanca, from €489pp, depart May 22. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self-catering 2* Porlamar Apartments, Puerto Rico, from €549pp, depart May 17. Cork to Lanzarote, 7 nights B&B 3* Hyde Park Lane Suites, Puerto Del Carmen, from €499pps, depart May 22. Shannon to Lanzarote, 7 nights self-catering 3* Cinco Plazas Apartments, Puerto Del Carmen, from €479pps, depart May 21. Ireland West Airport to Majorca, 7 nights all-inclusive 3* Suneoclub Globales Santa Ponsa, from €699pps, depart June 22. Dublin to Costa Blanca, 10 nights half board 3* Port Fiesta Park, Benidorm, from €739pp, depart May 19. Dublin to Mexico, 14 nights all-inclusive 3* Riu Lupita, Playacar, from €1,159pp, depart June 4. Dublin to Mexico, 14 nights all-inclusive 5* Grand Bahia Principe Coba, Riviera Maya, from €1,219pp, depart June 4. Dublin to Cancun return flights from €369 on June 4 departure. Dublin to Majorca, 7 nights all-inclusive 3* SuneoClub Globales, Santa Ponsa, from €2,149 (2+1) or €3,089 (2+2), depart June 27. Dublin to Spain for 7-night cruise onboard Marella Spirit, decks 1/2 Inside, FB, s from €929pps, depart July 15. www.tuiholidays.ie
  • Uniworld Boutique River Cruises offers: Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux river cruise, 8 days visiting France. Was €3,719pps, now from €3319 per person sharing, including flights, airport transfers, all meals and beverages, all shore excursions and 7 nights in a Category 5 stateroom on board the River Countess, depart August 12. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. www.uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

What we learned

Pat McDonagh;’s legal submission in the Supermacs v MacDonald’s case shows that Supermac was his nickname when he played for Carmelite Moatein the 19070s (named after then Newcastle soccer striker Malcolm MacDonald). Travel Extrastill has the bruises.

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