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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Thursday 26 September 2013
Another €60,000 (£50,435) has been discovered stashed in the former home of one-time IRA hunger striker-turned-property tycoon.
Sunday 22 September 2013
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
Friday 20 September 2013
Airline backtracks after originally refusing to let bereaved father change his ticket for free
Thursday 12 September 2013
English and French teams have vowed to set up own competition
Life Beyond the Premier League: Football League's supply line blocked by elite's need for 'ready-made goods'
Thursday 05 September 2013
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.
Wednesday 04 September 2013
Firm is now slashing capacity over winter, grounding as many as 80 aircraft to cut costs
Thursday 29 August 2013
Paddy Power beats the odds
Thursday 15 August 2013
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".
Sunday 11 August 2013
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.
Monday 05 August 2013
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.
Tuesday 23 July 2013
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.
Thursday 18 July 2013
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.
Friday 12 July 2013
'The ideal way to look at art is to be permanently confused'
Crew-member airlifted to hospital and another injured after trimaran capsizes during Route des Princes European Tour
Saturday 22 June 2013
Lucky escape for eight-man crew plus two guests as boat capsizes at the start of Dublin Bay race
Sunday 16 June 2013
Guichard claims secondlong-leg victory to trail leader by just two points
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Ukip MEP calls for reintroduction of death penalty on fiftieth anniversary of last deaths
Russell Brand calls for Israel boycott: Comedian urges big businesses that 'facilitate the oppression of people in Gaza' to pull funding
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
World peace? These are the only 11 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict
- 1 Three of Pope Francis' relatives die in Argentina car crash, including two young great-nephews