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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.

Police find €60,000 stashed in mansion of former IRA hunger striker Tom McFeely

Another €60,000 (£50,435) has been discovered stashed in the former home of one-time IRA hunger striker-turned-property tycoon.

Plumber finds €140,000 stashed under bath in ex-IRA man's mansion

House had been repossessed after former hunger-striker Tom McFeely went bankrupt - now investigation must determine who owns the money

Leicester fire deaths: Ryanair boss vows to change its ‘abrupt culture’ after PR disaster over grieving father

Airline backtracks after originally refusing to let bereaved father change his ticket for free

Delon Armitage, left, and Jonny Wilkinson, right, lift the Heineken Cup

Row over future of Heineken Cup takes farcical twist

English and French teams have vowed to set up own competition

Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring against Sunderland last weekend

Life Beyond the Premier League: Football League's supply line blocked by elite's need for 'ready-made goods'

Let us start with a question: what do Sudbury Court, Edgware Town, Dulwich Hamlet, Tow Law Town and Wealdstone have in common? The answer, explains David Pleat, the former Luton Town and Tottenham Hotspur manager, is that each helped launch the career of a one-time England footballer – namely, John Barnes, Brian Stein, Ian Wright, Chris Waddle, and Stuart Pearce respectively.

Ryanair is now slashing capacity over winter, grounding as many as 80 aircraft to cut costs

Low-cost airline Ryanair goes into a steep dive after shock profits warning

Firm is now slashing capacity over winter, grounding as many as 80 aircraft to cut costs

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Paddy Power  beats the odds

US makes extradition request to Ireland for porn suspect

The United States has formally requested the extradition of a man in Ireland described by the FBI as being the "largest facilitator of child porn on the planet".

Football round-up: Luis Suarez must apologise to team, says Brendan Rodgers

Luis Suarez needs to apologise to his Liverpool team-mates and the Merseyside club before he can be reintegrated into the squad, Brendan Rodgers said last night.

Fringe festival fixture Lucy Porter

My Edinburgh: Lucy Porter, part of the Fringe festival furniture

I first came to Edinburgh when I was 18 to serve on the Perrier Awards panel, and was inspired to try stand-up myself. In the intervening 22 years the press initially dubbed me a a 'fresh face', then 'a rising star', then an 'established name'. This year I was described as a 'permanent fringe fixture'. Like the rain, the sweaty venues and the panpipe players outside Waverley station, I have become part of the festival furniture.

Trespassers: a Memoir, By Julia O'Faolain. Faber & Faber, £14.99

This is an exceptional memoir. "I ply my parents' trade," says Julia O'Faolain; and she is uniquely placed, by inheritance and skills, to take over where her parents left off. Born in 1932, she was brought up on folk tales, of which her mother Eileen O'Faolain published several collections, and on stories of the Black and Tan war and Civil War, in which both parents were active participants.

David Collins worked behind the scenes to create multi-sensory dining experiences

David Collins: Designer of some of London's finest bars and restaurants

Visiting a great restaurant isn't just about the food. It's about the place, the space, the lighting and so many other factors that go beyond the sense of taste. David Collins, who has died of skin cancer, was one of those people who worked behind the scenes to create that multi-sensory dining experience, putting his stamp on so many of London's finest eateries and bars.

In The Studio: Eva Rothschild, sculptor

'The ideal way to look at art is to be permanently confused'

Spindrift trimaran capsized at the start of the Dublin Bay race

Crew-member airlifted to hospital and another injured after trimaran capsizes during Route des Princes European Tour

Lucky escape for eight-man crew plus two guests as boat capsizes at the start of Dublin Bay race

Yann Guichard’s MOD70 Spindrift leads the charge out of Lisbon on the second leg of the Route des Princes to Dublin.

Yann Guichard leads the charge out of Lisbon as Sidney Gavignet holds overall lead

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