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News In Brief: Point Renamed Again As Crow Reigns Terror On Louth

Caw Caw! (image: imperialmocha.deviantart.com)

Caw Caw! (image: imperialmocha.deviantart.com)

Another week, another cacophony of news -“Caw-caw” being the operative sound. Remember those sinister seagulls a few weeks ago? Ruining the height of summer with their antisocial behaviour? It’s not over yet, the birds are back.

There’s a crazy crow on the loose in Louth. Apparently, unlike the gulls this crow is a lone operator picking on dogs and the vulnerable as well as annoying everyone by pecking at kitchen windows. Perhaps we should give the fowl a minute, he might be trying to tell us something! Continue reading

News in Brief – Bins, Ming and the Taoiseach’s Things

Ming Campainging for BOI to Keep our Fur!

Ming campaigning for BOI to Keep our Fur!

A 90-year-old woman is being pursued by debt collectors for a €14 bin fine. That’s right, while the world crumbles and Ming Flanagan seems our most viable option for Europe, Dublin City Council want their €14 back! The woman, who has not been named, lives alone in inner-city Dublin and became the subject of the debt collectors interest over an unpaid bill dating back to the privatisation of Dublin’s waste collection services. Four letters were sent threatening aggressive legal action and publication in Stubbs Gazette. Well done lads, what a lovely bunch you are, can NIB point you in the direction of a Mr Shatter who owes us €70k?

A painting by Michael Flatley tops the list of the Taoiseach’s most expensive gifts. The painting title ‘The Irish Potato Famine’ was created by Flatley daubing his feet in paint and dancing on a canvas (and you can tell) and has been valued at €5000. Other gifts include a golden replica of the Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower (Enda’s a bingo fan), a bust of JFK, a bottle of booze from the Queen and a boat. So that’s nice isn’t it? Good old Enda. NIB got three pairs of tights last Christmas . . . Continue reading

News in Brief- Irish Emigrants Blamed For STD Influx In NZ

irishAlan Shatter is in trouble this week for apparently offending ‘old’ prostitutes. Honestly, the man has experienced anti-semitic hatred and cruel personal jibes recently and then he goes and calls prostitutes working in Ireland ‘old’. Actually, the story is not quite as clear-cut as tabloid headlines would have us believe, SHOCK and AWE. He wasn’t calling all prostitutes old, just some.

Our international reputation isn’t doing so well either after an article in the New York Times has caused uproar, depicting life in post-Tiger Ireland. According to the piece produced by Liz Alderman, there’s a man in Shankill in Dublin who shoots and BBQ’s pigeons to survive. The story has met widespread disapproval from locals and councillors of Shankill alike; Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor said she rejects the description of the town and the main subject of the article, who used to own boats and a five-bedroom house and now resorts to pigeon shooting on the street to survive. NIB isn’t sure, perhaps Shankill is the social equivalent of Mordor, I mean American’s don’t normally exaggerate do they? Continue reading

News in Brief – Nuns Robbed While Keating Lands Postman Pat Gig

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In the week that’s seen ’Danny Boy’ reach 100 and Cork 10,000, well, not much else has been going on.

There has been some “interesting” research into office party politics answering one of life’s greatest questions, when is the optimum time to take pictures at the office Christmas party? Well that would be 10.02 (with the average party beginning at 7pm, so 182 minutes in, fact) though they can be a bone of contention for some. Women complained the party picture didn’t show them at their best, with twenty percent citing their make-up coming off had crushed their hopes of looking like *insert name of celebrity* in *insert name of film*. One in one hundred men complained of the same dilemma and similarly one in one hundred claimed seeing snaps of the office do caused them to look for a new job, the same one in one hundred perhaps? Continue reading

Ryanair Announcement To Help Sustain Tourism Jobs

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The Clare Tourism Forum, the group responsible for tourism marketing and the promotion of County Clare, has welcomed today’s Ryanair announcement at Shannon Airport saying that it will help to sustain thousands of jobs in the local tourism and hospitality sector.

Forum Chairperson Donnagh Gregson said: “The provision of direct services to French and German destinations in particular is a significant moment not only for Shannon Airport but tourism in this region as it will enable operators here to capitalise on the recent growth we have seen in the number of continental tourists visiting the County. Furthermore, this announcement will help to sustain existing jobs and create new opportunities for development amongst tourism operators in the wider region.” Continue reading

News in Brief-Irish Vegan Joins Elite As Ryanair Draw Ire Of McFadden

The proposed headquarters for Anglo Irish Bank, sold to the Central Bank in 2012, standing in Dublin’s North Quay has been vandalised. Despite having CCTV and security arrangements in place the shell of a building was daubed with anti-semitic slurs. The aptly named, At Risk Security monitor the land directly behind the site. There now considering a name change to We’ve Got a Great Big Dog So Feck Off Security.

Leinster House have been learning the rules of soccer after a visit from Irish team manager Giovanni Trapattoni to the Oireachtas Republic of Ireland Supporters’ Club. The newly formed club currently boasts 63 TD’s and senators who were all keen to learn from the Italian manager. Club secretary Senator John Gilroy said: “We had a chat about where the game is,” – usually on a pitch – “and what we can do as Oireachtas members to encourage the game.” Over-priced kits and generic memorabilia are traditional. Ah no, good luck to the lads in ROISC sure what else have they got to do? Continue reading

News in Brief: Ryanair Boss Lashes Out As Prince Willy Gets Set To Be A Daddy

Pregnant: Willie Wasted No Time

Pregnant: Willie Wasted No Time

An Garda Síochána to the rescue! The guards saved the day in a movie like sting this week just as a poor pensioner was about to be duped out of €5000 in a tarmacadam scam. In a crack down on fraudsters, uniform and armed officers (all with pants over tights of course and, News in Brief likes to imagine, accompanied by the Batman and Robin theme tune) were out in Waterford where they prevented the frail gentleman from parting with his cash in the nick of time. The suspects scarpered.

A former Fianna Fail councillor and chairman at IT Tralee has been defamed by no less than 26 professors who claim he plagiarised chunks of his thesis. This thesis makes up part of a degree paid for from his allowance from Clare County Council.

In some cases, the angered lectures allege, large pieces of the work by Flan Garvey are identical to previously published sources, including a whopping fourteen page segment that first appeared in a text from 1965. Mr Garvey certainly doesn’t get any honours.

Michael O’Leary has rained on the Gathering parade with a bizarre air of superiority (forgetting it’s himself that’ll be shipping tourists in to the economy boosting scheme).

Nothing if not controversial, the Ryanair boss has labelled the event scheduled for 2013 ‘The Grabbing’ criticising the increased taxes at Dublin Airport which will hit him directly. James O’Reilly, chairman of the World Mini Games that are coming to Cork next year (watch out Rio!) told O’Leary to ’cut out the negative bullshit’ a sentiment News in Brief shares but hopes Michael doesn’t take to mean toilets, seat cushions and pilots from all future flights.

Raindrops keep falling on my tent. It is the biggest tourist hub in the country and it’s also the wettest. Now Killarney is set to be covered in a giant heavy-duty, tent-like canopy so shoppers and tourists alike can keep dry while out and about. Local engineer Paudie O’Mahoney has devised the plan to cover the streets and encourage more “outdoor activities”, indoors. In a worrying prophecy Mr O’Mahoney said, ’I can see it taking off all over the country’. News in Brief isn’t keen on camping . . .

The biggest news story this week is of course the budget. If you were hoping for a Christmas miracle, forget it.
Millionaires will be targeted as will those at the other end of the spectrum earning under €18,000. Politicians will face stricter rules on expenses. Cigarettes, alcohol and fuel are all going up in price. Child benefit will be cut by €10 and medical card holders will see a rise in the prices they pay by 100%. Car tax is going up, dole will be cut, oh and elderly people will be given the chance to pay the property tax on their home from beyond the grave. And good will to all men.

“Last week she got a fringe, this week she’s growing her heir”. Kate Middleton, the future Queen, announced she is preggers. Some tabloids saw it coming when she got a new do – most women traditionally opt for a loose-fitting top, she went for a fringe. Anyway the poor old Princess was hospitalised with severe morning sickness. She was discharged last night although once she sees the papers she might need another visit.
While the Daily Mail speculated on what this meant for the context of those topless photos, on Twitter everyone was getting excited about the prospect of a Half Blood Prince. @RoyalFetus was born almost instantly with such insights as ‘burp’ and ‘I may not have bones yet but I’m already more important than everyone reading this’. Funny and true.

News in Brief-Eight Thousand Sign Up For Movember While Bon Jovi Gets Set To Rock Slane

Great craic in Cork over the Bank Holiday weekend. Superintendent Barry McPolin, in charge of policing the city centre, drew attention to the above par number of minor crimes on Saturday night. Jazz fans, he said were well-behaved, which is good to know. He blamed the furore on other revellers. The senior Garda also stated twelve claims of alcohol-fuelled assault were being investigated but was positive about the lack of stabbings or serious assaults.
If you weren’t having the craic in Cork over the weekend perhaps you were in Kilkenny. 30% of all visitors to the south-east head to the city apparently, which is getting a new, €5.5 million “Medieval Mile”. The initiative, which will feature a museum at St Mary’s Church, a ‘Great Garden’ along the River Nore and an “upgrade” to the visitor experience, was launched by environment minister Phil Hogan and has been hailed as good news for tourists and retailers, provided you’ve your cash is in groats.
Eight thousand people have signed up for Movember, the annual charity fundraiser which sees men grow moustaches to raise awareness for prostate cancer. The campaign, which encourages women to take part as well – by bolstering beliefs moustaches look good on their boyfriends – has grown well over the last five years and will soon be a full beard.
Never mind Movember it looks like we’re in for a snowvember with white stuff already covering the hills of Donegal as well as parts of Limerick and Cork. It’s going to be a long winter.
A Spanish traveller was ejected from a Ryanair flight in Valencia after trying to board with a carry on bag AND a book. The passenger was told she would have to pay an additional €50 to check in the book before becoming aggressive.The story didn’t have a happy ending as she was removed by police. Ryanair stated she had also refused to show ID or a boarding card which led to her removal.
In celeb news Bon Jovi has thanked Irish knee surgeons for keeping him rocking and rolling on tour. After suffering from knee problems John Bon was referred to a Dublin surgeon who fixed him up. Now he’s fit enough to charge €79.50 for a ticket to their show at Slane Castle.

The Enigmatic Gem Of The East

Rynek Glowny: The Heart of Krakow

Take all of your perceptions of Poland and throw them away for the glamorous and charming city of Krakow will surpass even the most optimistic of expectations.

Krakow is a haven of activity and is a city that allows one a perfect base from which to explore Poland and the incredible history attached to this famous nation.

While the city is more so known for the cultural and historical symbols in its vicinity, many will be surprised by the beauty and excitement emanating from the medieval quarters of Poland’s second largest city.

Krakow is in its essence a cosmopolitan city enlightened by eastern European traditions which brighten up the fabulous Rynek Glowny, the main square located at the heart of the city. From the centre one can enjoy a relaxing stay with an Eastern flavour, taking in the numerous sights on offer while also sampling some of the finest food and drink in Europe.

A short stroll away from Rynek Glowny lies the famous Wawel Castle, the seat of the German Government during their invasion of Poland. This historic medieval castle stands beside the Vistula River, a perfect location for one to take a cruise and learn about the origins of a city which dates back to the 7th century.

There are plenty of other attractions in the famous city centre, including tours which touch upon the communist era of the past. But the most spectacular scenery within the boundaries of Krakow lie in the nearby towns of Wieliczka and Oswiecim.

Twenty minutes away from Krakow lies Wieliczka, home to the most famous and beautiful salt mine in the world. The mines boast nine levels (only three of which can be visited) of underground salt sculptures , hidden chapels and lakes. The tour begins with an incredible trek into the mine, totalling some 380 stairs. From there visitors learn about the history of salt mining which boasts Polish myths and legends while also viewing some incredible statues of famous Polish people such as Pope John Paul II. Many think that he famous artwork spread throughout the mines is that of professionals but the majority was actually done by the miners themselves, including a stunning picture of The Last Supper located in the picturesque chapel. Many will be surprised to learn that the mines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, actually act as a wedding venue, a conference centre and a concert venue throughout the year. Upon completion of the tour visitors are returned to the surface via a mining shaft, which takes approximately thirty seconds to reach the surface.  The mines are easily accessible from Krakow and offer guided tours in a variety of languages.

But the biggest attraction which draws people to Krakow is ultimately the proximity to Auschwitz, the concentration camps, which lie an hour away in the town of Oswiecim, which is accessible by train, bus or guided tour, with Cracow Tours highly recommended.

Words quite simply can’t do justice to what a visit to Auschwitz contains. Take every film, book and thought you have ever had about the concentration camps and the Nazis and scrap them. Indeed on a personal level as a freelance journalist who once interviewed a Holocaust survivor I too found myself struggling to comprehend the reality of all. It simply is horrendous that such actions were allowed to take place for a period of five years. When taking the trip expect the unexpected, that is perhaps the trip in a nutshell.

The trip to Auschwitz, as provided by Cracow Tours, begins in Auschwitz before taking a tour to nearby Birkenau, a concentration camp dubbed Auschwitz II. Each visitor is equipped with a set of headphones and a receiver to enable them to hear their tour guide. The tour begins amidst the shadow of the renowned “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work sets you free) gate. Sadly the gate is not the original one, as the original was stolen and cut up by thieves some years ago. However the original gate has since been retrieved and is now on view in the museum.

After a brief history of the camp the tour proceeds to some of the blocks which show the living conditions of prisoners. Visitors view the many cells, the sanitary conditions and other items on display. The walls of the block are adorned with images of the deceased. The extermination block is also visited.

A venture into another block offers a different outlook on things. We hear how those who were captured were promised a new life in Auschwitz, and how some faced a 17 day trek to reach the camp from parts of Europe, while many ultimately never made it that far. The captives were told they would be allowed bring their prized possessions to the camp but these were robbed by the Germans. The museum boasts thousands of pairs of shoes, some belonging to children. Endless suitcases are also on display as is a wide selection of hair taken from the body of victims. The hair was originally transferred to Germany in the war era and used in production of other goods. At this stage a sombre mood descends over the tour as the reality and seriousness of what happened some 72 years ago hits home.

Other parts of the tour include a visit to the execution yard and the many cells, all amidst the backdrop of watch towers and barbed wire fences. The tour then procedes to a statue reminiscent of a guillotine were Polish prisoners were executed for helping an escapee flee the camp. A short while later the tour of Auschwitz draws towards a conclusion where we come to the execution spot of the first commander of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss. The tyrantwas captured by Polish forces and hung in Auschwitz. Prior to his death he offered no regret for his actions stating his only regret was his failure to spend more time with his family. The tour concludes with a quiet moment inside one of the gas chambers.

After a brief rest period, the tour resumes at Birkenau, another concentration camp which is best known for its death track at the entrance. This track was created by the Germans in order to speed up the process of transferring prisoners from one camp to another. The track is adorned by a wreath of the Star of David, paying homage to the many victims of this cataclysmic event.

We learn about the history of the camp and how men, women and children were segregated. We view the death track before crossing over and making our way to the memorial, which pays homage to the victims of the many European nations in their own language. After a brief period of silence we view the ruins of some of the chambers, which the Germans destroyed themselves when the Soviets were advancing upon the camps. The Germans sought to rid of any evidence that would show such chambers existed.

The stark reality of it all really hits home.

The tour then brings us to three separate buildings, the most striking of which is a living quarter. The living area is comprised of a three bunk bed system with each bed holding eight people with only one blanket between them. This living area is considered to be the finest as it has a concrete floor, something the others lack. The sanitary conditions are equally as striking.

The tour concludes with a brief message from the tour guide who asks everyone to share the story of Auschwitz-Birkenau in the hope that it will never be repeated and the memories of the victims will live on.

Krakow has plenty to offer everyone and is definitely worth a visit.This gem of the East awaits and is only a two hour and forty five minute flight from Dublin.

Fly directly from Dublin to Krakow via Aer Lingus or Ryanair. Be sure to avail of the guided tours on offer, most hotels will be able to book these trips for you, which are incredibly inexpensive.

News in Brief-Noonan Hops To Mexico As Mock Up Merkel Flag Rakes In A Fortune

Michael Noonan has been in Mexico to talk about the eurozone crisis at the G20 summit with other world leaders. Why Mexico? Well, why not? Obviously the minister has not heard of Skype, or email, or the telephone, letters, carrier pigeons, smoke signals! No wonder we’re in such financial trouble. The Minister is also attending the Eurogroup and the EcoFin (not to be confused with Eurovision) meetings in Luxembourg on our behalf. There is one way Mr Noonan could have saved some cash – on his flights – Ryanair must fly to Mexico by know, don’t they? Sorry I mean Ryanaerlingus.

 
 Michael O’Leary is once again trying to take over the airline, and the WORLD! Although it may not be as, plane sailing, as he would hope. Aer Lingus have deemed his offer of €649million euro as, undervaluing the company and the worth of the seventy percent of shares they do not own, but once you add on taxes and charges, admin fees and insurance, that figure could be closer to €700million, bargain!
 
      The “Angela Merkel Thinks We’re at Work” Tricolour as seen at the Euros and on the internet has been auctioned off for charity. The Tricolour was bought by Antrim-based Glendun Group and Iris RD, who submitted a joint bid totalling €15,800. All the money raised will go to Oscar Knox (3), a Belfast boy with neuroblastoma, a cancer that develops from nerve tissue.
 
      Oscar became popular online with his own flag that read, “My Ma Thinks I’ll Be in Bed Early” during the matches. If anyone watched last nights match between Germany and Greece they would have spotted Angela herself in business attire, cheering on her team. I thought she was at work . . .
 
      Spirit Radio, a Christian radio station based in Dublin and broadcasting across Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford has claimed an 11% share of the national radio listenership. The station, which is not part of the Joint National Listenership Research (JNLR) claims that two independent surveys have confirmed 11% of over 15 year olds listen to Spirit for fifteen minutes or more each week, in comparison 2FM only received JNLR results of 8%. When asked if he believed Spirit has a bigger listenership than RTE’s second station, chief executive Rob Clarke said it was “not possible to make a direct comparison” across results. You’ve just got to have faith.
 
      MAGNETS! Aaarrgghhhh! Sorry I didn’t mean to scare you I just saw a magnet. Parents are being warned of the increasing danger of MAGNETS! After two cases of children swallowing them in the UK within the last eighteen months. In both cases the children had to have surgery to remove the magnets, leading to health officials publishing a letter of warning in medical journal, The Lancet.
 
       In the letter Dr Anil Thomas George from Queen’s Medical Centre at Nottingham University Hospital, wrote, “Parents should be warned of the risk of magnet ingestion, particularly in small children. We believe that improvement in public awareness about this risk will be key in preventing such incidents”. The letter also warned of the increased availability of cheap magnetic toys, hinting the accidental ingestion of magnetic elements will become more common.