Travel Weekly's Ireland E-letter: July 21, 2005

FALL FARES FALL: Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus is offering early discount autumn fares to Ireland, starting at $194, one way, from Boston and $204, one way, from New York (Kennedy). The special fall Aerfares are available through Aug. 1 for travel in September and early October. One-way fares to Shannon and Dublin for travel Sept. 6 to 30 are $214 from Boston and $244 from New York, and for flights Oct. 1 to 15, $194 from Boston and $204 from New York. Some restrictions apply. See www.aerlingus.com for more.

NEW CORK DIGS: Radisson SAS Hotels and Resorts opened the new 129-room Radisson SAS Hotel and Spa Cork in Cork, Ireland.  The $45 million hotel the only hotel in Cork to have a spa facility is the ninth Radisson SAS-branded property in Ireland. On the site of the 19th Century Ditchley House, the hotel is spread over 9 acres; all rooms offer WiFi Internet access. Its Retreat Spa and Fitness Center features nine rooms for Elemis treatments; hydrotherapy pool; gym with Precor equipment; and more.  The hotel lies just off the Cork-to-Waterford highway, 10 minutes from the city center and airport.  Rezidor SAS has 14 hotels in operation or under development in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Open properties include Radission SAS hotels in Dublin, Belfast, Athlone, Cork, Galway, Letterkenny, Limavady, Limerick and Sligo, and Park Inns in Dundalk and Muranny. Hotels under development include the Radisson SAS Farnham Resort in Cavan; the Park Inn Ballinasloe; and the Park Inn Newry. See www.rezidorsas.com.

TOUR-RIFIC: CIE Tours International debuted a 4-night escorted Taste of Ireland trip priced from $798 from New York (Kennedy) or Boston. Land-only is available from $546. Departures are slated Sept. 3 to Dec. 8, and Feb. 9 to April 27. Rates cover airfare; sightseeing; 4 nights hotel accommodation; breakfast daily; three dinners; flight bag, ticket wallet, luggage tags and strap; and all taxes and service charges. The itinerary takes in Dublin, Cashel, Blarney, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry and the Clare coast. CIE is also offering air-inclusive, self-drive vacations starting at $570 from New York or Boston, $592 from Chicago, or $662 from Los Angeles, with travel Nov. 1 to Dec. 13 and Jan. 1 to Feb. 26. Prices are based on a minimum booking of 6 nights, with B&B accommodations, breakfast daily, Hertz rental car, guidebook with pull-out map, discount booklet, and more.  To contact CIE which pays agents 10% on land and varying commissions on air  call (800) CIE-TOUR, send an e-mail to [email protected], or visit www.cietours.com.

FALL FAMS ON TAP: Brian Moore International Tours is offering travel agents two Ireland Fall Fam Trips, with departures in November and December. The first, the 4-night Irelands Castles, costs $199 (land only) for existing customers, and departs Nov. 18 and Dec. 2; the second, the 6-night Undiscovered Ireland, is priced at $399 (land only) for existing customers and departs Nov. 10 and 17, and Dec. 1. Rates include first-class hotel accommodations; breakfast and dinner daily; a medieval banquet (on Castles trip) or dinner and night at Cabra Castle (on Undiscovered trip); educational seminar; sightseeing and more. New agents pay $50 extra per trip, but receive a $50 commission coupon for their first booking. For more, visit www.bmit.com or call (800) 982-2299.

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