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.