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A ship from Troon to Belfast?

Currently false, but about to become true - as is a boat from Heysham to Northern Ireland's biggest city. Sea Containers (08705 523 523) is launching a twice-daily ferry between the Ayrshire port and Belfast on 29 April. A car plus five passengers costs pounds 125 for a three-day return. From the end of this month, there will be a service

from Heysham to Belfast at the same fares as for Troon.Bargain of the week 1

The freedom of Northern Ireland for pounds 3.

Northern Ireland Railways cannot boast an extensive network - Londonderry, Portrush, Larne and Newry are as far as you can get from Belfast - but it certainly offers the best deal of any British train company. On Sundays, you can travel anywhere on the 200-mile network for pounds 3. The only condition is that you start your journey before 3pm. Call 01232 899411.

Bargain of the week 2

England to Ireland for pounds 22.50.

This return fare to the centre of Dublin is readily available up to 2pm the day before departure. Three catches: you don't fly, you go by rail and sea, using the Holyhead-Dun Laoghaire fast ferry; two people have to travel together; and, for this fare, you have to start in Chester. Other fares are from Manchester (pounds 25.50), Birmingham (pounds 28), Newcastle (pounds 38) and London (pounds 33). Call 0990 455 455.

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