Ashford Castle has gone into receivership

Ashford Castle has gone into receivership and receivers say that there will be “no interruption to guests, staff and suppliers”. The five-star hotel in the village of Cong, Co Mayo — where the film ‘The Quiet Man’ was filmed 60 years ago — has racked up enormous losses. It was the chosen venue for James […]... Read More

Spike Island opening up for tourism

As part of its drive to turn Spike Island into a tourist attraction, Cork County Council plans to build a floating pontoon, mooring systems and gangways at the historic Spike Island. County manager Martin Riordan, who is personally driving the project, said he hoped the infrastructure would be in place for the summer and enable […]... Read More

Shannon airport Duty Free is getting a facelift

The Irish Times reported today that Shannon airport Duty Free is getting a 1 million Euro facelift: Shannon was the location of the worlds first tax-free booze and cigarettes shop in 1947.  Passengers no doubt needed a swig or two of the hard stuff before taking off on the bone-shakers of that era. The glory days […]... Read More

Ambitious plans for Cork airport

The 2004 State Airports Act proposed the separation of Dublin, Cork and Shannon Airports. Recently the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, engaged the transport consultants, Booz and Company, to advise him on how best to proceed with this separation, and the Cork Chamber of Commerce have expressed their views on how the […]... Read More

Shareholders to invest in Cork-Swansea ferry

Further information on the salvation of the Cork-Swansea ferry service unfolded today in The Examiner as it was revealed that shareholders of the West Cork Tourism Cooperative may invest further in the Cork-Swansea ferry operation in order to see it through examinership. The talks included the need for a sales and marketing manager for 2012 […]... Read More

Kerry and Cork councils to invest in Cork-Swansea ferry

Kerry County Council yesterday agreed to join with Cork city and county councils in a financial contribution for the troubled Cork-Swansea ferry during its period in examinership. Councillors cautioned against throwing good money after bad and said any future investment would need to be considered closely. Kerry County Council had already invested 100,000 Euro in […]... Read More

Four new European routes from Knock airport

Great news for tourism in the West of Ireland as Ryanair is set to launch four new European routes from Knock airport. Passengers will now be able to connect directly from Ireland West airport to Milan, Frankfurt, Paris and Barcelona. Michael O’Leary said that the new routes to Barcelona, Frankfurt, Milan and Paris, will bring […]... Read More

Thousands of public jobs to go in reform plan

Todays Irish Times reports in detail, the Governments plan to cut public service staff. Thousands of public sector jobs are to be cut between this year and 2015 under a massive public sector reform programme unveiled by the Government yesterday. In addition to 23,500 jobs being culled, the controversial decentralisation programme, on which millions had […]... Read More

Airline chiefs unite against damaging passenger levy

Ireland and Britains biggest airlines called on the British government to scrap Air Passenger Duty (APD), saying its negative impact on the economy was outweighing any benefit from the revenue raised. Passengers have to pay between 24 GBP (28 Euro) and 170 GBP (200 Euro) in APD, depending on the length of flight, far more […]... Read More