GET CARDED: Dublin
Tourism added attractions and offers, as well as a limited-time
3-for-2 sale, to its discount Dublin Pass visitor card program.
Dublin Castle joined the attractions line-up and now offers free
entry. Also, Hard Rock Café, TGI Fridays and other eateries added
new special offers for pass holders. And through May 16, Dublin
Tourism is offering three adult or child Dublin Passes for the
price of two, and one free kids pass with the purchase every three
or six adult passes, online at www.dublinpass.com. The
passes are valid through Dec. 31.
MATCH TRIPS: Singles
Travel International hopes to woo solo travelers with a matchmaking
trip to Ireland for singles Sept. 25 to Oct. 3. The coast-to-coast
tour is priced from $1,499, land-only, with shared double
accommodations; single rooms cost $400 extra. The tour takes in
Dublin, Galway, the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry,
and finally County Clare and the Lisdoonvarna Festival, renowned as
a matchmaking festival for centuries. Call (877) SOLO-TRIP
(877-765-6874) or visit www.singlestravelintl.com.
PUTTING ON AIRS:
Low-fare Irish airline Ryanair carried its millionth passenger from
Kerry Airport last month. The carrier launched Kerry service in
June 1997 and now operates 21 weekly flights from the airport to
both Stansted Airport outside London and Frankfurt (Hahn) in
Germany. Ryanair plans to double its Stansted service to twice
daily. For more information, visit www.ryanair.com.
COUNTY OF THE WEEK:
Try pointing clients off the beaten path, toward the lakeland
Northern Ireland county of Fermanagh this summer. From June to
September, the inland county is packed with attractions, activities
and events. Sightseeing highlights include Enniskillen Castle,
pleasure flights from Enniskillen Airport, and Marble Arch Caves
European Geopark . Shopping/sightseeing double whammies include the
Buttermarket Craft and Design Centre and Belleek Pottery.
Meanwhile, festivals and events include the Erne Waterways Golf
Championship, June 10to 12; Lady Of The Lake Festival, Irvinestown, July
15 to 24; Erne
Vintage Car Parade, Aug. 19 to
21; and the International Horse Trials, Sept.
15 to 17. For
more, visit www.fermanaghlakelands.com or e-mail [email protected].