SAVINGS: The four-star, 89-room Ardilaun House Hotel in Galway, a
Select Hotels of Ireland property, is offering special rates this
summer. For example, two nights bed and breakfast plus one dinner
starts at $200 per person, double, with three nights plus an
additional dinner priced at $260, Sundays to Thursdays in July.
Come August, the two-night deal is $242 per person, with three
nights at $338, until Aug. 14. Limerick-based Select Hotels pays
negotiated commissions, starting at a base rate of 10%. Visit www.ardilaunhousehotel.ie or www.selecthotelsireland.com; e-mail to [email protected]; or call (011) 353-6
HEIGHTS: Aer Lingus was named Airline of the Year 2005 by
the Chambers of Commerce of Irelands Air Transport Users Council
(ATUC), an accolade it last won in 2003; the Irish flag carrier now
billing itself a low-cost, low-fare airline also was named best
airline to the U.K./Europe and on transatlantic routes. More good
news: Aer Lingus officials said bookings are up 18% over last year.
For more, visit www.aerlingus.com.
TOO: Meanwhile, the low-fare folks over at Dublin-based
Ryanair announced a 31% increase in passengers, to nearly 3
million, for the month of June. The monthly load factor the
proportion of available seats filled by passengers was 87%, same as
it was in June 2004. In the past 12 months, Ryanair has carried
29.6 million passengers, with an overall load factor of 84%. From
Ireland, Ryanair serves more than 40 airports in Europe and the
U.K., with flights from Irish cities Cork, Derry, Dublin, Kerry,
Knock and Shannon. For more, see www.ryanair.com.
GOLFERS: An18-hole, par 72 golf course will open in August at Tower
Hotel Groups new four-star Castleknock Hotel and Country Club just outside
Castleknock in County Dublin. The $30 million, 144-room resort
which opened in February just five
miles from Dublin and eight miles from Dublin Airport
also offers conference, dining and leisure/spa facilities. For
more, visit www.castleknockhotel.com or www.towerhotelgroup.com.