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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Tuesday 09 October 2012
Ministers are investigating a proposal to outsource the production of wind power to Ireland.
Thursday 27 September 2012
Former journalist and barrister Alex White has been named Labour's new junior minister following the shock departure of Roisin Shortall.
Thursday 27 September 2012
Fourteen unseen photographs of fresh faced Rolling Stones on their way to a gig in Dublin in 1965 have been uncovered by archivists.
Friday 31 August 2012
The advertising giant WPP has confirmed it is moving its tax base from Ireland back to the UK in a long-awaited decision that will be a boost for the Chancellor, George Osborne.
Tuesday 28 August 2012
Kevin McMahon, a trainee physics teacher, was yesterday crowned at the best Scrabble player in the UK, with the word "immortal" helping clinch victory in the final.
Saturday 25 August 2012
Gabriel Byrne is set to star in a series of crime thrillers based on novels by Booker Prize winner John Banville.
Saturday 25 August 2012
There might be a decent comedy to be made about an absurd, middle-aged goth star tracking down a Nazi, but Paolo Sorrentino's tedious, unfunny film isn't it.
Sunday 19 August 2012
'We still live together, which can be hard for the people we date'
Thursday 16 August 2012
Those at Leopardstown this evening will be presented with the considerable bonus of being able to witness a public training spin by Camelot ahead of his date with history in the St Leger next month. The unbeaten 2,000 Guineas and Derby hero will work before racing, his trainer Aidan O'Brien having opted for a racecourse gallop with some stablemates, rather than the stresses of a race – the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York next week had been a possibility – as a key part of the colt's build-up to the oldest, longest and toughest Classic at Doncaster.
Tuesday 07 August 2012
Ireland's star fighter is too strong for home hopeful as for once GB fans are outshouted
Saturday 04 August 2012
The life of best-selling novelist Maeve Binchy was remembered at her funeral yesterday.
Tuesday 24 July 2012
Willie McAteer, the former finance director at Anglo Irish Bank, has become the first banker in Ireland to be prosecuted in connection with the collapse of the toxic bank.
Wednesday 18 July 2012
It is four years and counting, hard, now since the Tiger, the improbable favourite of this Open he last won down the coast in Hoylake in 2006, whipped a great golf course into submission. But you wouldn't have thought so here yesterday. You wouldn't have thought this was a man still running beneath his own long shadow.
Saturday 07 July 2012
A former personal assistant to the U2 star Adam Clayton has been jailed for seven years for embezzling €2.8m (£2.2m) in what a judge labelled a crime "rooted in greed".
Thursday 21 June 2012
Like many others before me, I attempted Ulysses in my late teens. I managed to read the whole of the spine before uttering an exhausted "Sod this" and turning my attention to what I felt was a more deserving literary cause: Jilly Cooper's Riders. It was either that or inject caffeine directly into my eyeballs. Apparently, I'm in good company: on attempting Ulysses, Katherine Mansfield is supposed to have said: "This is obviously the way of the future. Thank God I'm dying of tuberculosis."
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