Travel Weekly's Ireland E-letter: August 18, 2005

SELECT UP: Select Hotels of Ireland added seven new properties in the latest edition of its directory of member hotels. The total number of Select Hotel members is now 17, including the Ardilaun House Hotel, Galway; Bellbridge House Hotel, Spanish Point, Co. Clare; Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar; Castle Oaks House Hotel, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick; the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork; Forster Court Hotel, Eyre Square, Galway; the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise; Kilkenny Rivercourt Hotel, Co. Kilkenny; Malone Lodge Hotel, Belfast; Manor West Hotel Spa and Leisure Club, Tralee; the Mespil Hotel, Dublin; Pontoon Bridge Hotel, Foxford, Co. Mayo; Renvyle House Hotel, Co. Galway; Riverside Hotel, Killarney; the Sligo Park Hotel, Co. Sligo; Woodlands Hotel, Waterford; and the Wyatt Hotel, Westport. The collection offers seven-night Select Selection self-drive or chauffeured packages priced from $699 and three-night fall packages from $199. Go to www.selecthotelsireland.com or call Patricia Coughlan at (011) 353-6 144 0440 or (011) 353-87 649-3289.

SPUR-OF-THE-MOMENT: Jurys Doyle Hotels is offering discounted rates at its five-star Dublin properties this month. Nightly rates start at 179 euros (about $223) at The Westbury, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World just off Grafton St.; 139 euros ($173) at The Berkeley Court; and 149 euros ($185) at The Towers, in Ballsbridge. For more information, visit www.jurysdoyle.com/august.

APPALACHIA IN ULSTER: Calling all bluegrass fans! The 14th annual Appalachian and Bluegrass Music Festival will take place Sept. 2 to 4 at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, in Northern Ireland. Musicians and dancers from across Europe and North America will perform; U.S. artists confirmed for this year's event include: Robin and Linda Williams and their Fine Group, King Wilkie and the Original Red Clay Ramblers. For more on the Ulster American Folk Park and the Appalachian and Bluegrass Music Festival, visit www.folkpark.com or call (011) 44-288 224-3292.

CAPITAL SAVINGS: Clients headed to Belfast should avail themselves of the free Belfast City Specials Voucher Booklet 2005. The discount booklet, from the Belfast Visitors and Convention Bureau, is packed with a range of savings at nearly 100 shops, attractions, bars, restaurants, clubs and tours in the capital of Northern Ireland. The Belfast City Specials Voucher Booklet is available at the Belfast Welcome Centre, at 47 Donegall Place near City Hall in Belfast. For more information on the booklet, call (011) 44-289 024-6609. For more information on Belfast, visit www.gotobelfast.com.

RITZY DIGS: Ritz-Carlton will open its first property in Powerscourt, County Wicklow, in 2006. The $149 million, 300,000-square-foot golf and spa resort will have 203 rooms, four lounge and restaurant areas, and meetings space for up to 1,000 people. For more on Ritz-Carlton, see www.ritz-carlton.com.

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