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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.

Olympic Torch crosses Irish border

The Olympic Torch has crossed the Irish border on an historic visit to the Republic today in a symbol of the peace process.

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Travel Challenge: Summer break in Ireland

Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a summer trip to the Emerald Isle. Prices are per person, based on two people travelling together. Each includes a week's accommodation and transport from the UK on Monday 11 June.

Power Point: Sean O'Brien celebrates after scoring the first of Leinster's five tries against Ulster at Twickenham

O'Driscoll heralds a Leinster 'dynasty' as cup final records fall

Leinster 42 Ulster 14: Irish province win their third Heineken Cup final in four years by blowing away battling Ulster with five-try display of power, pace and precision

Radamel Falcao celebrates his second goal during the Europa League final

Flying Radamel Falcao sees stock rise even higher after Europa League success

Next step is surely the big league for striker who scored twice in Europa final, but will it be with Atletico Madrid or will other suitors gather?

Miller's try gives sale edge against bath

In the Aviva Premiership's one match last night, Sale beat Bath 16-9 at Edgeley Park. The Sale full-back Rob Miller scored the only try of the match with nine minutes to play; Nick Macleod converted and also kicked three penalties. Olly Barkley kicked three penalties for Bath.

Administrators find £13m black hole in WorldSpreads accounts

Customers of a spread betting firm are likely to be left seeking compensation after an estimated £13 million black hole in its accounts was revealed today.

England coach Stuart Lancaster celebrates victory over Ireland with Ben Morgan

England to place faith in house of Lancaster

England 30 Ireland 9: RFU forced into rethink with even rival Mallett appearing to back caretaker's promotion

Exploration company strikes oil off County Cork

An exploration company has struck oil and discovered the first commercial well off the Irish coast.

Scots turn to SAS for help against Italy

After a run of six defeats, including four blanks in the Six Nations championship, Scotland's head coach Andy Robinson has called in the SAS before the wooden spoon decider against Italy in Rome on Saturday.

Nick De Luca to start for Scotland against Italy

Centre Nick De Luca has been restored to the starting line-up in Scotland's only change for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations wooden spoon decider with Italy.

Sean Lamont would settle for 'ugly' win against Ireland

Scotland winger Sean Lamont would take an ugly win against Ireland on Saturday after feeling they have tried to play too much “pretty” rugby in the RBS 6 Nations so far.

How We Met: Ed Byrne & Andrew Maxwell

'We were exotic strangers competing for notches on the bedpost'

'War of the Worlds' hires Kaiser Chief

A full-scale Martian invasion will be enacted at arenas across Britain when Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds returns in a new stage show starring Ricky Wilson, the Kaiser Chiefs singer.

Paul Scholes scored Manchester United's opener against Bolton

Dion Dublin backs Paul Scholes international comeback

Former Manchester United star Dion Dublin is convinced Paul Scholes would be welcomed back into the England fold with open arms.

Ronnie Henry has now played over 300 games for Stevenage

Ronnie Henry: Tale of the two Ronnies shows that it really is a funny old game

Ronnie Henry won '61 Double with Spurs. His grandson failed to make it at the Lane but will now captain Stevenage when the clubs meet in the FA Cup. He speaks to Simon Hart

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Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

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