Travel Weekly's Ireland E-letter: May 5, 2005

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].

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