I start by making some calculations to soothe myself. Using the Rail & Sail combo route from London via Holyhead to Dublin takes nine or so hours; to fly between the two cities takes 50 minutes – but a few hours have to be added on for the to-ing, fro-ing and faffing at airports. A one-way rail/sail ticket costs about 30 quid all in – a flight is double that, unless you're very organised or lucky. Even if you're very disorganised, the rail/sail option can be bought just before you travel at no extra cost.
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Six Nations 2014: Brian O'Driscoll Lions snub will give Wales' trip to Ireland an 'extra twist', admits Warren Gatland
Thursday 23 January 2014
Gatland chose to drop O'Driscoll for the decisive third British and Irish Lions Test which caused uproar in the Emerald isle
Wednesday 15 January 2014
The Six Nations mind games have started - with the Scotland coach, Scott Johnson, never slow to play the psychology card, singling out his own captain, the Saracens flanker Kelly Brown, for special attention.
Irish chess killing: Italian lodger charged with murdering Tom O’Gorman ‘tried to eat his heart after argument over chess move’
Monday 13 January 2014
Police found body of 39-year-old Irishman had suffered 'dozens' of stab wounds and had a section of lung missing
Sunday 12 January 2014
Police found a 39-year-old man dead with multiple stab wounds, with detectives saying they believe a row over a chess move may have spiralled out of control
Friday 29 November 2013
Tricycle Theatre, London
All Blacks belief kept New Zealand in with a chance against Ireland despite 19-point deficit claims captain Richie McCaw
Tuesday 26 November 2013
The Kiwis staged a miraculous comeback to steal the win with the final play of the game thanks to a Ryan Crotty try which was converted by Aaron Cruden
Thursday 21 November 2013
The last lingering hopes of a speedy solution to the argument over the future of European rugby evaporated when five of the six major governing bodies threw their weight behind the existing Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup competitions. The French, Irish, Italian, Scottish and Welsh unions effectively pledged to stand against the new Rugby Champions Club being organised by the leading clubs in England and France.
Wednesday 13 November 2013
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Martin O'Neill: Roy Keane's volatility is OK, says Giovanni Trapattoni successor as Republic of Ireland manager
Sunday 10 November 2013
Martin O'Neill believes Roy Keane's unpredictable character will be a huge asset in his new role with Republic of Ireland.
Wednesday 06 November 2013
A woman at the centre of a worldwide police appeal after being found in Ireland – confused and virtually unable to communicate – has been identified.
Wednesday 06 November 2013
Get the popcorn out, this is going to be worth watching. The Republic of Ireland have, somehow, thought it wise to employ Roy Keane as the assistant to Martin O'Neill as the head coach of the national team.
Monday 14 October 2013
The golfer wants to end his contract with Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management
Saturday 12 October 2013
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Monday 07 October 2013
Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will host the first three days of next year’s Giro d’Italia.
Friday 04 October 2013
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
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