Travel Weekly's Ireland E-letter: August 25, 2005

GO FOR LESS: CIE Tours International is offering a 50% travel agency discount on any of its 25 guaranteed escorted tours departing between Nov. 1 and Dec. 14. The offer applies to the land-only price and is applicable to a travel agent and traveling companion (one room per agency). For travel any other time, the standard 30% agent discount applies to land-only tour prices. The discount will be applied on receipt of a 2005 Iatan or CLIA card or list, and full payment is required at time of booking. For more information, call (800) CIE-TOUR or visit

TOP DIGS: New $122 million luxury hotel The Heritage at Killenard opened in Killenard, County Laois, with 98 bedrooms, 15 suites, three penthouse Presidential Suites, and conferencing and banqueting facilities for up to 500. The hotel is located at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains 40 miles from Dublin, just off the Dublin-Cork road and minutes from the new M7 highway. The development also includes a championship golf course; a 37,000-sqare-foot health club and spa with 20 treatment rooms; a pub and restaurant called The Thatch; and high-end residential properties. Call (011) 353-5 024-5500 or visit

THE JURYS INN: Jurys Doyle Hotels is offering rates from about $84 per night at its new 4-star Jurys Croke Park Hotel, opening in Dublin on Sept. 8. The 232-room property is the first to showcase the chain's new 4-star concept, which attempts to address the needs of both business and leisure travelers. Book online at

IRISH WEB FAX: Irish culture Web site launched a premium subscription service called Irish Crossings for Americans. For an annual fee of $24, subscribers get access to an archive of travel- and culture-related articles about Ireland, as well as e-mail updates about new stories. Articles in August include stories on the island of Inishbofin; the Bilberry Sunday summer festival; one-day layovers in Dublin; and classic tourist draws such as Blarney Castle and the Guinness Brewery. Irish Crossings membership is available at a discount of $10 through Sept. 15; afterwards, the cost rises to the full $24 rate. For more information, visit


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