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Plucked to safety: US Embassy pardons Dustin the Turkey for Thanksgiving
The Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy, Reece Smyth, has pardoned Dustin the Turkey at a Thanksgiving Reception at the US Ambassador’s Residence in Dublin. Each year in modern times the US President “pardons” a hand-selected turkey, sparing the bird from someone’s dinner table and ensuring the rest of its days are spent roaming on a […]
‘I don’t know how I will get it in on the bike, it is HUGE’ – Mary McKenna wins Travel Business award in London
Inaugural travel businesswoman award goes to Ireland Another accolade for Mary McKenna Mary McKenna winner of the Inaugural 2017 Everywoman in Travel Awards at East Wintergarden in London. Mary said: “Really chuffed, I dedicated my award to Lorraine Quinn and her son Evan for hopefully a recovery.  Thank you all for the wonderful support and […]
Imelda McCarthy becomes 70th Irish Travel Counsellor
Travel Counsellors Ireland have 70 home workers Imelda McCarthy joins from Discover Travel Travel Counsellors Ireland has recruited its 70th Travel Counsellor, Cork-based Imelda McCarthy. Imelda, who has over 24 years’ industry experience, most recently working for Discover Travel. Travel Counsellors numbers have increased by 17pc in the past year, with Travel Counsellors’ sales now at €26.5m […]
Looking for a summer J-1 in the States? Get cracking now, US Embassy warns students
The US Embassy in Dublin has urged qualified students who are interested in applying for the J-1 Summer Work Travel (SWT) or Camp Counselor program in 2018 to begin the application process as soon as possible. The J-1 scheme is 50 years old, and over 160,000 Irish students have taken part in it over the […]
O’Hanrahan’s & O’Callaghan’s win Travel Centres agent awards, Sunway win suppliers of the year
O’Hanrahan Travel Monaghan large agent of the year O’Callaghan Travel Dundalk small agent of the year Sunway win agency of the year Mark Clifford’s O’Hanrahan Travel and O’Callaghan’s travel in Dundalk won agent of the year awards at the Travel Centres conference in Mullingar. Sunway won the supplier of the year award. Other agency awards […]
ITAA travels to Catalonia and warns holidaymakers to be cautious amid Catalonia crisis
The Irish Travel Agents Association has warned Irish holidaymakers to exercise caution when travelling to Catalonia in Spain. The warning comes after Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy imposed direct rule on the region after it officially declared independence from Spain last week. The move by the Spanish government to sack Catalonian leaders and impose direct rule has sparked […]
Take a hike – Explore brings its team to Dublin to launch 2018 global adventure programme
Bear-searching in Slovakia, hiking in Armenia, or walking through Newfoundland – the Explore team brought glimpses of lesser-visited corners of the globe on a visit to Dublin. The aventure specialists’ Product and Operations Director, John Telfer, brought a big chunk of his London-based team to Temple Bar to introduce the 2018 Walking & Trekking Programme, […]
Swiss roll into town – and tell trade the country is as cheap as Ireland for holidaymakers
Switzerland Tourism hosted up to 60 of the trade in Dublin’s Medley venue as the country reported a 11pc increase in visitor numbers from Ireland to the country. Swiss Airlines alone has boosted capactity for 2018 from Dublin, Cork and Shannon. And the representatives from the country aimed to dispel the myth that Switzerland is […]
Irish tour operator offers trauma counselling service to customers holidaying in Las Vegas following shooting tragedy
American Holidays has offered trauma counselling to customers who were in Las Vegas at the time of the gun attack on concert-goers at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Tour operator boss John Devereux told Travel Extra that the company had 188 customers in the city, with two sets of clients actually at the concert in the […]
ITAA calls for urgent overhaul of Irish bonding system after Monarch collapse in Britain
The Irish Travel Agents Association has called for an overhaul of the bonding system to protect consumers following the collapse of Britain’s Monarch Airlines. The ITAA said it is concerned over the lack of bonding among Irish travel providers following the collapse of the carrier, resulting in Britain’s biggest peacetime repatriation operation. A £60m operation […]
Irish operators respond quickly to help clients following Las Vegas atrocity
Irish tour operators in the North American market have been responding to the shooting incident at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas throughout the early hours of this morning. None has reported Irish casualties from the attack, in which at least 50 people were killed and over 400 injured in an attack by a […]
John Cassidy & Eileen Penrose win Amadeus golf event
John Cassidy of Cassidy Travel and Eileen Penrose of APG Airline Business were the winners at Amadeus annual golf and spa event at Knightsbrook, Co Meath, one of the highlights of the travel trade social calendar. Greg Evans led the growing English delegation who attend the event and the shebeen provided on course entertainment for […]
ITAA statement: “Strong concern’ over cancellation of flights by Ryanair
The Irish Travel Agents Association expressed strong concern over the cancellation of flights by Ryanair at short notice. Cormac Meehan, President of the ITAA, said, ‘Given the dominant position of Ryanair in the Irish aviation market place, this action has caused severe problems for thousands of travellers travelling to and from Ireland. For many, holiday […]
Click&Go enlists an expert – a teenager – to launch Leaving Cert holidays
Click&Go has launched a new website for Leaving Cert holidays with some insider knowledge in the form of 18-year-old entrepreneur Mikey Wylde. The travel company said its new website,, will enable students to book holidays for after their Leaving Cert, but it will also provide support and assistance to both youngsters and their parents. Mikey […]
Martin Dempsey & Fionnuala MacCurtain win at TIGS captain’s day
Martin Dempsey of Dempsey Travel Navan and Fionnuala MacCurtain of Munster Sports Travel/Killester Travel won the overall prizes at the Travel Industry Golf Society captain’s day, hosted by Martin Skelly at Headfort Golf Club, Trim. The event attracted 60 golfers to the scenic new course. It was Fionnnuala’s first time to participate in TIGS, a […]
Ethiopian Airlines ushers in a new year and a new Ireland boss at airport hotel event
Ethiopian Airlines celebrated two major occasions as it hosted trade and media at the Clayton Hotel, Dublin Airport. September 11 marked the country’s new year and also the passing of the baton from Ireland head Michael Yohannes to Meseret Tekalign. The team from the airline here in Dublin and the Ethiopian Embassy in Dublin celebrated […]
Aer Lingus comes onboard as title sponsors of expanded Irish Travel Industry Awards
 Aer Lingus has become the title sponsor of the Irish Travel Industry Awards 2018, which take in the Round Room at the Mansion House Dublin on Thursday, January 25. More than 500 travel professionals will attend and the MC for the night will be broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan. Yvonne Muldoon, Director of Sales at Aer Lingus, said: “Aer […]
Aer Lingus Miami flight leaves 2 hours 30 minutes early to beat IRMA landfall
Airports across Florida will begin closing today, with operations at most ceasing until at least Monday. Aer Lingus Miami flight EI141@12:30 today will be 2 hrs 30 mins earlier than the originally scheduled 15.00. It will arrive in Miami at 16:45. Return flight also leaves two hours and 4o minutes early EI140@18.30 instead of 21:10 and […]
ITAA issues Hurricane Irma advice as it works with operators for Florida or Caribbean-bound holidaymakers
With Hurricane Irma looming, the Irish Travel Agents Association says it is working with operators to support Irish holidaymakers and has travel advice for those travelling to the Caribbean and Florida. Hurricane Irma, a powerful category 5 hurricane, is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to parts of the Caribbean in the next 36-48 […]
Winner snaps up holiday and camera in Topflight and Canon Ireland competition
A picture of a Hindu holy man has won Kilkenny man Rue Ahmed top prize in this year’s Topflight and Canon Ireland Travel Photographer of the Year competition. Now in its second year, the competition searched for months for Ireland’s best images from aspiring snappers. The judges narrowed the entries down to a final 24, and […]

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Imelda McCarthy becomes 70th Irish Travel Counsellor

Imelda McCarthy becomes 70th Irish Travel Counsellor

Travel Counsellors Ireland have 70 home workers Imelda McCarthy joins from Discover Travel Travel Counsellors Ireland has recruited its 70th Travel Counsellor, Cork-based Imelda McCarthy. Imelda, who has over 24 years’ industry experience, most recently working for...

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