Travel Weekly's Ireland E-Letter: May 8, 2003

DAY AND NIGHT: Sceptre Ireland's Sights & Sounds escorted tour to the Emerald Isle--priced from $499 per person, double--pairs daytime sightseeing with nighttime pub visits. Sights & Sounds includes roundtrip air, accommodations -- with two nights in Galway and two nights in Dublin--breakfast daily, two dinners, most sightseeing and all tips, taxes and service charges. The tour departs every other day from Nov. 1 to 27. Pricing is valid from Baltimore, Boston and New York; add $90 and $200 for Chicago and Los Angeles departures, respectively. Additional gateways nationwide are available. Sceptre Ireland pays 10% commission to agents. For more information, visit www.sceptreireland.com or call (800) 221-0924.

IRELAND'S FOR U2: Lynott Tours created a four-night independent tour to Dublin highlighting sites made famous by Ireland's favorite sons, U2. The program departs daily with rates starting at $999 per person, double, including roundtrip air from New York, Baltimore, or Boston, accommodations at the Clarence Hotel (which Bono and fellow band member The Edge have run since buying it in 1995), daily breakfasts and a suggested itinerary with 31 stops to follow in the footsteps of U2. Highlights include Windmill Lane Studios where the band recorded several of their albums; places where the band grew up; locations where videos were shot; music theaters where U2 performed; and the Hot Press Irish Music Hall of Fame. For details, call (800) 221-2474 or visit www.lynotttours.com.

ONLINE ADVANTAGE: Don't forget to 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.

FLYING HIGH: US Airways began service between Philadelphia and Dublin Sunday, followed by the launch of Philadelphia-Shannon service on Monday. Service to both Dublin and Shannon is nonstop, and departs Philadelphia daily at 8:05 p.m. Flights will arrive the following day, at 7:45 a.m. in Shannon and 7:55 a.m. in Dublin. Return flights will depart from both Dublin and Shannon at 1:55 p.m., and will arrive in Philadelphia at 4:05 p.m. and 3:50 p.m., respectively. US Airways will operate the seasonal summer service through the end of October, using 199-seat 767 aircraft, with 23 seats in Envoy Class and 176 seats in Coach Class.

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