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Ireland beginning the phase-out of one and two cent coins: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/consumer/coin-rounding-to-begin-as-1-cent-2-cent-coins-phased-out-1.2397307



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This might help Shannon Airport -- as well as Limerick --- Eventually! hmm

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/new-limerick-motorway-to-bypass-adare-traffic-bottleneck-369132.html

In other points -- I'm seeing NOTHING about the N20 --
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Had to check the date on that article, this has been in the pipeline since last century along with the Limerick to Cork motorway. Work is going on above Gort on the M18 which has been promised since 2004 in the mean time the M50 has been expanded and the Dublin Port tunnel promised and built. but then there is an election on the way isn't there?

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Update on Carrick-a-Rede: Storm Damage 



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Notre Dame @ Kylemore Abbey

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/university-of-notre-dame-opens-campus-in-connemara-1.2768727



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Ireland's Orient Express? 

http://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-news/all-aboard-irelands-first-luxury-sleeper-train-launches-today-35004159.html

This is well beyond my budget at $3-5,000 +   and I can't quite grasp where you would need the sleeper car for given Ireland's size and rail Network layout, but . . .  confuse  confuse

At least it's being done with Irish materials and without tax subsidies! 



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Love how they advertise with this "Luxury sleeper train" "Guests will be immersed in Irish Culture..."  confuse, biggrin, and disbelief



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And, Now -- A COMPLETELY different Dublin Tour:  

http://www.independent.ie/life/travel/ireland/cup-of-tea-and-a-city-tour-vintage-tea-tour-bus-launches-in-dublin-35029872.html

A tad pricey, but I'm SERIOUSLY tempted!  biggrin  biggrin  biggrin

EDITED TO ADD WEBSITE:  http://www.vintageteatours.ie/     

Three tours per day -- 40-50 Euro each, but the food on offer DOES appear gourmet quality!   aww



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Looks like fun but very pricey.

If you want even more expensive how about 3,000 euro per night for the boathouse at Ashford Castleno 



-- Edited by Michele Erdvig on Wednesday 14th of September 2016 11:06:26 PM

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And, now  -- Because competition is always good --  http://www.independent.ie/life/travel/ireland/emerald-isle-express-5000ahead-rail-cruise-launches-in-ireland-35078805.html

LOVE that quote!:  "They sleep on the train -- WE sleep in Castles!"  biggrin  biggrin 

I guess 50% is close enough?  confuse   confuse



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Our brother and sister-in-law are on an Ireland train cruise this week. I don't know if they are sleeping on the train or castles. We told them we wanted a full report of their adventure. It will surely be interesting.



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Judy -- Would love to hear all about it!

I suspect I am at least LOTTO win away from either, though.  hmm   hmm



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Irish EIRCODES -- Now recognized by Google Maps.  When mapping directions, instead of typing in the GPS Long / Lat numbers -- or just settling for the town, use their EIRCODE, instead.

Trying to locate a B&B?  If their website doesn't display their EIRCODE, look it up here:

https://www.eircode.ie/



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Well, back to the Emerald Isle express train. My cousin in Cork sent me a link to the independent.ie video of the 5000 euro rail cruise. It was slightly different than the one you posted Bob. I almost fell off my chair when I saw my sister-in-law in the video boarding the train. My Cork cousin has never met my sister-in-law so would not have sent the video because he recognized her.

Now I will really be very anxious for their trip report to me. Stay tuned.

Heck, I would have charged them half that price and shown them the real Irish culture. They surely won't see the Ireland I love from a train window. However, their accommodations are much better than sleeping on a train. biggrin I still say that my best Ireland experience was staying in a real thatched cottage with a flowing turf fire. Those are the memories I cherish.



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I like the real experience too Judy. However, I wouldn't mind a stay at a posh place thrown into the mix once in a while. Just for variety, mind you. wink 



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New Aer Lingus route: Miami to Dublin starting 2017



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Finally!   Open Skies was meant to stimulate competition and open up alternative airports.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/first-transatlantic-flights-from-cork-airport-to-us-cleared-for-take-off-766917.html



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Michele Erdvig wrote:

Notre Dame @ Kylemore Abbey

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/university-of-notre-dame-opens-campus-in-connemara-1.2768727


 I was there... Not sure God approved though? its the first time I've taken folk to Kylemore and nobody dared to take a camera out..It didn't just rain cats and dogs it rained cows and horses.

 



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New Release of Cromwell's Ireland Survey Maps might be a boon to genealogy research!  confuse  confuse 

http://downsurvey.tcd.ie/ 



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A change in EU Visa requirements MAY impact US citizens traveling to Ireland:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/europe-visa-free-travel-americans-european-parliament-vote-a7609406.html



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Itallian Chauffeur wrote:

A change in EU Visa requirements MAY impact US citizens traveling to Ireland:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/europe-visa-free-travel-americans-european-parliament-vote-a7609406.html


 We will all need to watch this carefully.



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From Midnight tonight Buseireann will be on strike Please be aware if you are planning on a trip using Public transport.
www.rte.ie/news/2017/0323/861984-bus-eireann/

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This is now also effecting the rail, several service are being cancelled with rail staff refusing to cross picket lines
www.irishtimes.com/business/transport-and-tourism/bus-%C3%A9ireann-strike-sees-many-irish-rail-services-also-cancelled-1.3023144

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Fatal Fall At Blarney Castle!

http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/latest-gardai-confirm-man-in-his-20s-dies-at-blarney-castle-788718.html



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New Service for Left Luggage at T1 in Dublin Airport.  They also do 'Luggage Forwarding' and plan to open a similar facility in T2, as well.

https://www.dublinairport.com/latest-news/detail/the-excess-baggage-company-opens-at-dublin-airport



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Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge Closed Due To Vandalism!   furious    furious

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/disappointment-voiced-after-carrickarede-bridge-is-closed-for-the-foreseeable-future-due-to-vandalism-35751070.html



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This is sad and disturbing.



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An update on Carrick-a-Rede:   https://www.rte.ie/news/ulster/2017/0524/877635-carrick-a-rede-rope-bridge-closed-due-to-vandalism/

It's looking like the Bridge will be closed for a significant (a large part of the summer) time.  hmm  disbelief  hmm



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