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Posts Tagged ‘ Tourism Ireland ’

Dublin Tourism Boosted With New Sightseeing Service

Photo:Michael Donnelly.

Transport guru John ‘O Sullivan has launched his latest venture,an exciting Cityscape Sightseeing Tour, which will compliment his regular Dublin coach service.

The four million invested Cityscape initiative is welcomed as a boost to the tourism and employment industry. It has provided 40 new jobs to the capital. The Cityscape experience offers a must-have trip to all the top attractions of the city. In operation since September 23rd , Cityscape makes 28 stops across the city, including Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Gaol and more. It runs very efficiently seven days a week, 364 days of the year at fifteen minute intervals. Continue reading

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Ireland Welcomes One Millionth American Visitor Of 2013

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The one millionth American visitor to Ireland this year – Leonie Higgins – arrived in Dublin this morning. She flew in from JFK with her husband Jim. To mark the milestone occasion, Tourism Ireland and Aer Lingus offered the couple two return tickets just before they left JFK for Dublin – for a future visit to Ireland.

The Irish-American couple, who live in Montgomery, in upstate New York, travel to Ireland regularly to attend the races at Punchestown and to play golf. However, this is their first time to spend Christmas in Ireland. Continue reading

News in Brief-Quinn’s Getaway Foiled By Price Hikes As Molly Malone May Be Set To Emigrate

Even Molly Malone has had enough of the rain and the recession , the iconic statue at College Green could soon be off to Oz. Failte Ireland, the tourism board and Emirates Airlines have been in discussion about moving Molly, as part of Melbourne Cup celebrations, to the city for two weeks in November where she will join Ireland’s young work force. When even a bronze statue is emigrating it’s time to wonder if Ireland really is up a certain creek without a paddle. Wait for me Molly!
A flock of sheep have been stolen in Country Antrim. The livestock from the Knowhead Row area of Broughshane have distinctive blue heads (sprayed not genetically engineered) but are not tagged. Police are working hard to apprehend the thieves. Well that won’t be hard. They’ll be the ones stuck behind a flock of blue headed sheep.
With the Olympics starting in London tonight security across the country is at its highest. Except in Manchester where the security measures of the city airport were foiled by an eleven year old who attached himself to an unwitting family to bypass security checks. One commentator said; ‘If an eleven year old can get past security, so could a thirty-one year old’. I can imagine it now, six foot tall, bearded and affecting a squeaky voice, I’d say even Manchester’s clearly lax security might spot that one.
No doubt Peter Quinn would have found this story very interesting as he is also trying to run away – technically has run away. Having been sentenced to three months in prison for his involvement in the Quinn saga, and losing his licence due to drink driving earlier in the year, it hasn’t been going too well for Peter. According to sources he was showing signs of the strain before he made his departure, the poor lamb. He’s not the only one, his legal representatives have now asked to be removed from representing him in the future. Ouch!
         Of course if he could stump up a bit of cash, he could get a Bus Éireann ticket, but he’d want to be quick, prices are going up and I hear he’s not as flushed as he used to be. Commuters will apparently face a six percent rise in fares from January 2013 across the CIE transport links; Iaranród Éireann, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann. To many of the unemployed population though commuting is but a distant dream.

News in Brief-Fat Ireland, Jailbreaking Romanians and A Bit of Posh Spice

Attack of the fat! It seems Ireland has been ranked seventh worst country in the world in terms of keeping fit. Now the Irish population are behind the Americans in the amount of exercise they take part in every week. Well we are fans of a pint of the black stuff, Tayto crisps and bread, lots of them in fact, and all while we sit on the sofa.

Don’t be offended by my casual stereotyping, everyone is doing it, including Tourism Ireland. For Londoners wanting to ’escape the madness’ of an English summer and London’s 2012 Olympics then they may consider a trip to the Emerald Isle as portrayed by Tourism Ireland in their new advert.
        Tourism Ireland’s new campaign features two likely lads testing how soon one can be sipping a pint of that famous black stuff while the other tries to get a coffee in the commuter-locked city. ’Yer Man’ (fulfilling another stereotype) ends up in a very nice pub after the ’classic sheep shot’ (seriously now?) before ’Office Boy’ makes it to work. All that are missing are some little men in green.
        Chris O’Dowd is the funny voice of the campaign after apparently tweeting that he’d like to be the voice of Irish tourism in Britain. Hey @TourismIreland I’ll be your voice of Ireland in the Mediterranean. No?
If you commit crime but can’t do the time at least remember your manners. That is what two male prisoners have done this week. The escapees, or unaccounted for inmates, as the authorities prefer, left the Castlerea prison in Roscommon where they were serving time for breaking into parking meters. Obviously though, they felt they had served their time leaving the prison and a note; “Sorry, we had no choice”. Well, manners do cost nothing, a thieves favourite price.
What’s the Dail’s favourite price? Over priced. Recession? What recession? You wouldn’t know we were a country in trouble if you walked into the sea of tablet screens that will soon be the Dail. Each member is to receive new tablet computers in steps to “modernise” government. Apparently the cost of the tablets will be recouped through a reduction in printing costs as members will be able to access bills, notes and information on their tablets, on the go. Hey Dail, I’ll have a free iPad! Not you either?
Victoria Beckham, the famously miserable face of brand Beckham has been in Dublin this week to promote her clothing line in Brown Thomas. The always austere Posh Spice was however upstaged by her daughter Harper, as she took tentative steps across the shop floor (reminiscent of her mother in her excessive heels). Predictably and uninterestingly  the media went mad with an image of the teetering tot going viral worldwide but not of them noticed the note left behind; “Sorry, I had no choice”.
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