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Golfer Simon joins Tulfarris

European Tour winning professional golfer Simon Thornton, has been appointed tournament professional for Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort, near Blessington Lakes, Co 


Wicklow. Simon, who was third in the PGA in Ireland order of merit for 2017, will also assist the PREM Group owned resort in its plans to become one Ireland’s premier golfing destinations. The resort’s championship golf course was recently announced as one of the venues for the PGA EuroPro Tour, Europe’s leading development tour, and the European Tour’s satellite in the UK and Ireland.
Welcoming Simon to Tulfarris, Jim Murphy, CEO, PREM Group, said that they were looking forward to the contribution he would make at the championship golf course, which has undergone an extensive work programme since the resort was purchased by PREM Group last year. 
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Economic boost fort Limerick

Limerick’s economic resurgence took another step forward as the European Investment Bank (EIB) confirmed a record commitment for an Urban Ireland investment programme for the city.
 EIB Vice President Andrew McDowell travelled to Limerick for the announcement, which will see the bank commit to €85million in lending to Limerick City and County Council to be spent on transforming the 1.62 hectare Opera Site in the city centre into one of the country’s top urban centre commercial/office development, with the capacity for 3,000 jobs.
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Seattle flights welcomed

Tourism Ireland welcomed the announcement by Aer Lingus of a new transatlantic service from Seattle to Dublin for 2018. This flight will commence on 18 May 2018 and will help boost tourism from the all-important US market, offering more choice to prospective American visitors living in Washington.
 Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is more good news for tourism to the island of Ireland as we prepare for 2018. We already work very closely with Aer Lingus and we look forward to co-operating with them to maximise the promotion of this new service from Seattle. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism'.

Investor saves Barrett businesses

All 330 workers in developer Gerry Barrett’s hotels, cinema and retail park stand to keep their jobs under a rescue plan involving a new investor, Waltzfire.
The Court of Appeal last month confirmed Neil Hughes, of Hughes Blake, as examiner to seven of Mr Barrett’s companies, connected to the Meyrick and G Hotels, the Eye Cinema, a retail park and apartments in Galway, which owed €690 million to Deutsche Bank and faced the threat of receivership.
Mr Hughes wrote to their 330 staff on Friday to say that they would keep their jobs if the courts approved a rescue plan under which Waltzfire takes over the businesses.
In addition, under terms of the plan, known as a scheme of arrangement, all the companies’ suppliers, the Revenue and local council rates will be paid in full.

Press Up Buys Elephant and Castle

Press Up Entertainment Group, headed by Paddy McKillen Jnr, has acquired the 'Elephant and Castle' restaurant in Temple Bar fror an undisclosed sum. The restaurant was acquired from the family of US restaurateur George Schwarz, who set up the original 'Elephant and Castle' restaurant in Greenwich Villane in 1973. The Temple Bar restaurant, which is famous for its chicken wings, opened in 1989. Mr. Schwarz died in 2001.


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