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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Wednesday 06 June 2012
The Olympic Torch has crossed the Irish border on an historic visit to the Republic today in a symbol of the peace process.
Friday 01 June 2012
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.
Sunday 20 May 2012
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
Friday 11 May 2012
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?
Saturday 14 April 2012
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.
Monday 19 March 2012
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.
Monday 19 March 2012
England 30 Ireland 9: RFU forced into rethink with even rival Mallett appearing to back caretaker's promotion
Thursday 15 March 2012
An exploration company has struck oil and discovered the first commercial well off the Irish coast.
Thursday 15 March 2012
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.
Wednesday 14 March 2012
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.
Thursday 08 March 2012
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.
Sunday 04 March 2012
'We were exotic strangers competing for notches on the bedpost'
Friday 02 March 2012
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.
Wednesday 22 February 2012
Former Manchester United star Dion Dublin is convinced Paul Scholes would be welcomed back into the England fold with open arms.
Friday 17 February 2012
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
Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts
Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and that no-one was arrested
George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios
Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
London bus driver allegedly kicks gay couple off for kissing
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
- 1 Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies after injuring spine doing somersault celebration
- 4 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 5 Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'