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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.

In pictures: millions celebrate St Patrick's Day around the world

Major cities around the globe also paid tribute to the nation's patron saint

Don't claim Irish ancestry because it's St Patrick's Day, just enjoy it!

No one cares how Irish or how un-Irish you are; we can all still celebrate

Great getaways in Ireland

Four holiday deals for the Emerald Isle, in honour of St Patrick's Day...

Craven set for market return with Falcon float

John Craven, the serial energy entrepreneur who recently sold East Africa-focused Cove Energy to Thailand's PTT for more than £1bn, is due to make another appearance on the UK stock market with the listing of Falcon Oil & Gas.

Diesel laundering operation smashed after dawn raids north and south of Irish border

Detectives have smashed a massive multimillion-euro diesel laundering plant in one of the biggest cross-border operations of its kind in Britain or Ireland.

Six Nations 2013: Wales boosted by Gethin Jenkins' return ahead of England showdown

Gethin Jenkins, the highly influential loose-head prop who has started five of the last six Tests played by the British and Irish Lions and featured in all three Grand Slams secured by Wales in the professional era, returned to full training today and could make the starting line-up for this Saturday's Six Nations meeting with England at the Millennium Stadium. Jenkins missed the victory over Scotland at Murrayfield three days ago because of a calf injury.

The Ireland coach, Declan Kidney, must feel like he is responsible for a MASH tent rather than an international rugby team

Six Nations 2013: Ireland's lengthening casualty list may yet save Declan Kidney from sack

Coach must rely on excuse of injuries and blooding new players to earn him new deal

Darren Bent

Dion Dublin labels Aston Villa season 'absolutely woeful' and says players must take responsibility

Paul Lambert's side are in real danger of being relegated

Ireland prop Cian Healy

Six Nations officials 'concerned' as Leinster plan to flout Cian Healy ban

Ireland prop is officially available this weekend, but selection would flout spirit of his stamping ban

England's prop Dan Cole goes head to head with Ireland's lock Donnacha Ryan (2nd R) after the incident involving Cian Healy

Six Nations: Three-week ban for Cian Healy after stamp on Dan Cole

Ireland's Cian Healy punished for incident during defeat to England

Padlocks adorn the Pont des Arts in Paris

Valentine's Day: just don't say it with padlocks

Larry Ryan unpicks an odd trend

Man for man Marking: Ireland vs England

15. Rob Kearney

Six Nations: Ireland's Simon Zebo faces 10 weeks on the sidelines with broken foot

Zebo injured during defeat to England

The sporting week ahead (10/02/13)

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