Travel Weekly's Ireland E-Letter: April 17, 2003

JURYS' OUT -- AND ABOUT: The Jurys Doyle Hotel Group is paying 8% commission on special Easter rates available through April 30 at its 15 properties across Ireland. The chain operates budget and three-, four- and five-star hotels in Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Galway and Limerick. The rates are bookable via the GDSs; for more information, visit www.jurysdoyle.com or call (800) 441-0521. A sampling of approximate per room, per night rates includes:


• Dublin: around $118 at the Jurys Ballsbridge Hotel; $139 at The Towers; $192 at The Westbury; $150 at The Berkeley Court; $118 at The Burlington; and $75 at the Jurys Montrose and Jurys Tara;
• Cork: $123 at the Jurys Cork Hotel;
• Limerick: $80 at Jurys Limerick Hotel.

THREE-LEAFED CLOVER: Check out Tourism Ireland's Shamrock Club destination specialist Web site at www.shamrockclub.net/register. Once you've joined, you can log onto the recently upgraded site for access to online education and certification modules and other features. For more, contact Tourism Ireland's John Daly at (212) 418-0835, or visit the site.

WHAT'S ON: The Galway Early Music Festival 2003 will celebrate Europe's musical links to the rest of the world during the Middle Ages and Renaissance with a host of multicultural performances from May 15 to 18. Events include concerts, workshops and street performances in the medieval town of Galway. For booking and further information, go to www.galwayearlymusic.com. From June 11 to 16, the Bloomsday Festival -- Dublin's most important literary event -- takes over the Irish capital. On tap are literary readings and reenactments, walks and tours, music and theatre celebrating James Joyce's famed novel, Ulysses. Further details are available from the James Joyce Centre at (011) 353-1 878-8547, by e-mail at [email protected] or online at www.jamesjoyce.ie.

YOU'RE VERY WELCOME: Sceptre Ireland does Tourism Ireland's and Aer Lingus' "1,000 Welcomes" campaign one better with its "1,001 Welcomes" savings program. For example, Sceptre's "Emerald Package" is available starting at $399 for travel this fall, when booked by April 21; summer savings are also available. The package includes roundtrip air, six nights in hotel and farmhouse bed-and-breakfasts, weeklong car rental with unlimited mileage, breakfast daily, an Irish Coffee welcome get-together, sales tax, VAT and services of Sceptre's offices in Ireland. Rates Nov. 1 to Dec. 16 are: $399 from New York (Kennedy), Boston, Baltimore and Washington; $489 from Chicago; and $599 from Los Angeles and San Francisco. The package is based on two people traveling midweek sharing double occupancy accommodations. Sceptre Ireland pays 10% commission to agents. For more information and rates from June 1 to Aug. 31, call (800) 221-0924 or visit www.sceptreireland.com.

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