Travel Weekly's Ireland E-letter: June 2, 2005

CORK UNPLUGGED: European Union cultural capital Cork takes events outdoors starting this month, with hundreds of happenings as part of its Summer in the City program. The program, running through August, kicks off June 2 with a DJ dance music festival, a 15-mile rowing marathon and "Relocation," an outdoor show series organized by local theater group Corcadorca and three leading European street theater companies. Also on tap: the Eurochild children's arts festival and Coca-Cola National Feile na nGael contest. For more, visit www.cork2005.ie.

SING-ALONG: Also on the cultural front, members of Burren-based community choir the Lismorahaun Singers make their first Dublin appearance June 25, performing Mozart's Requiem with the City of Dublin Concert Orchestra at RDS Concert Hall. Author and poet John O'Donohue will host the concert. The six-year-old choir has more than 70 members ages 7 to 65 from across counties Galway and Clare. Tickets cost 12 euros (about $15) and are available from www.ticketlord.com. For more on the singers, visit www.lismorahaunsingers.com.

ONLINE HERITAGE: The Heritage Island marketing group redesigned its www.heritageisland.com Web site, boasting what the group calls a "cleaner, more intuitive" layout that offers "a more user-friendly interface" to online visitors. The site now features up-to-date information on more than 80 Irish attractions; on-line subscription to the Heritage Island Newsletter; and online versions of the group's Tour Operators Manual and Education Tours Directory. For more information, call (011) 353-1 236-6890 or visit www.heritageisland.com.

IRISH BIG APPLE: On this side of the Atlantic, musicologist Mick Moloney will host a four-night seminar package Oct. 26 to 30 from Irish Folklore Tours that will explore the Irish-American experience in New York City. Highlights include visits to Ellis Island, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Tenement Museum; meetings with students of a New York step dance school; four Irish music concerts; a play at an Irish theatre; lectures by Moloney and a spirited reading by author and raconteur Malachy McCourt. Rates -- which include accommodation at the Algonquin Hotel, four breakfasts, one lunch, one brunch, two dinners and all gratuities -- are $1,899 per person, double occupancy, with a $680 single supplement. Call (800) 848-4364 or visit www.irishfolkloretours.com.

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