Dublin Welcomes ‘Year of the Tiger’
For the seventh year in a row, some of Dublin’s best-known buildings will be lighting up in red to m...

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Tip Law Offers Transparency
Tips received by restaurant and bar staff will not be allowed to form part of a worker's pay under n...

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Bus Tour Operator Seeks Stop Order
 The owner of a Galway-based sightseeing tour bus company has brought a High Court challenge ov...

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‘Chicken Big Mac’ for Ireland
McDonald’s is to launch a chicken version of its Big Mac in Ireland and UK. The limited-edition...

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Dublin Welcomes ‘Year of the Tiger’
Tip Law Offers Transparency
Bus Tour Operator Seeks Stop Order
‘Chicken Big Mac’ for Ireland


Gaol Plan ‘A Game Changer’

A plan has been revealed to restore Sligo’s old gaol as a visitor attraction. A feasibility study has been published by CHR, the consultants behind projects such as the Titanic Centre in Belfast and Spike Island in Cork.sligogaol150
For about ten years the Friends of Sligo Gaol community group has been making the case for the old prison.

They have been working in collaboration with the owners of the 200-year-old building, Sligo County Council, to conserve the building. The group commissioned the study by CHR Consultants, which now highlights the huge potential of the prison and says it could be a ‘game-changer’ for tourism in the region. The report recommends a phased development of the project, describing the approach as a ‘grand vision, small steps’.

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Hostelworld reports ‘Consistent Recovery’

 Irish-based online travel agent Hostelworld says it recorded a ‘consistent recovery’ in bookings and revenue last year versus 2019 levels, according to a trading update from the group.hostelworld
The recovery was throughout the year, except for the latter part of 2021, which was impacted by the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.
As reported in its interim results, 2021 started with a ‘strong’ recovery in Central America and domestic demand in the United States and Australia. In May-June, several southern European destinations opened their borders with ‘strong growth’ over the summer months, the company said.
During the second half of last year, Central America bookings surpassed 2019 levels with southern European destinations' bookings growing to 60-80% of 2019 levels until the latter part of the year where the Omicron variant saw a resumption of travel restrictions in many destinations, the company said.
Overall, 2021 net bookings totalled 1.5 million, which is 21% of 2019 levels.

Kilkenny Hotel for Sale

The Kilkenny Inn , which has come to market, has a prime location next to St Canice’s Cathedral. It is being offered by joint agents JLL and Cushman & Wakefield at a guide price of €4.8 million. kilkennyinn80
Built in 2005, the hotel comprises 30 guest bedrooms, all of which have undergone ‘a light refurbishment’ over recent years. The hotel’s Kernel Bar & Restaurant is spread over two floors, with two bars serving residents and the public. It also includes a separate breakfast room and a meeting space within the Tower Suite. There are currently 25 car spaces available to the rear of the property.

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€50m Fund to Support Tourism

The first two schemes in the €50million Tourism Business Continuity Programme 2022 open for applications this week. tourcoach3The Strategic Tourism Transport Business Continuity Scheme opened for applications on 11th January 2022 and will support eligible tourism transport operators including Coach Tourism Operators, Tourism Chauffeur, Limousine Services and Escorted Private Tours.The Strategic Ireland Based Inbound Agents Tourism Business Continuity Scheme opens for applications on 12th January 2022 and will support Republic of Ireland based Inbound Tour Operators, Destination Management Companies (DMCs) and Professional Conference Organisers (PCOs) who package, sell and market Ireland’s tourism product overseas.The €50million allocation was secured by Minister Catherine Martin T.D. in Budget 2022 to fund further schemes under the Tourism Business Continuity Programme to help sustain strategic tourism businesses.

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World Frisbee Championships for Limerick

Teams from around the world will be heading to Limerick this summer to take part in the World Masters Ultimate Frisbee Championships. Some 2,000 competitors are expected to take part in the event, which will be held at the University of Limerick from 25 June to 2 July.frisbee
The 2022 Championships will be the first WFDF Master's championship since 2018 as the events planned for Australia in 2020 and then 2021 were cancelled due to the pandemic.
The tournament director for the Limerick event described the team sport as "a bit like American football with a frisbee".

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