Castlemartyr celebrates its 10th birthday and new flights take off

Sounds From A Safe Harbour festival returns to Cork and an app to book beauty professionals

Decade of Decadence

Castlemartyr Resort, Co Cork, celebrates its 10th year in award-winning hospitality this autumn and to mark the occasion they're launching a selection of special anniversary one- and two-night breaks throughout the next 12 months.

Their "Let's Celebrate" package includes an overnight stay with breakfast, a two-course dinner in the hotel's Franchini's restaurant, a bottle of prosecco and a souvenir Little Marty teddy bear on arrival from €120 per person sharing, Sunday to Thursday inclusive. Stay abreast of the golf, spa and mid-week breaks at

Harbour Tales 

The Sounds From A Safe Harbour festival returns to Cork city for its second year this September 14th-17th, welcoming music, dance, visual art, and conversation Lee-side. With curation by Enda Walsh and Cillian Murphy, the second edition of the festival is set to be a cracker. For more see

New Blue 

Hotel decorator extraordinaire Carleton Varney was recently enlisted to update the Newbridge Silverware Museum's restaurant. With design accolades at The Westbury in Brussels and London, The Waldorf Towers in New York, The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan and the Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire, Varney incorporated the signature Newbridge blue in a ceiling pinstripe at the new Café Carleton. Get a first look at


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New Flight Routes

Eastern Promise

Finnair will open a new year-round route to Nanjing, China from Dublin in 2018. The inaugural flight takes place May 13th, 2018, and will be operated with an Airbus A330 aircraft.

Great States 

WOW air has announced a new Dublin route to Dallas, Texas, with the first flight departing May 23rd, 2018. Flights start from €129.99 departing three times weekly via Reykjavik.

Continental Escapes Five new flights are set to depart next summer via Ryanair, including a double daily service to Munich Airport, a daily Stuttgart service, and direct flights from Dublin to Naples, Italy and Paphos, Cyprus, and a direct flight to Marrakech in Morocco. See

Get Appy 

Raven App  For beauty on the go, this app allows you to book beauty professionals wherever you are in Ireland, whether at home or enjoying hotel break. Available on iTunes and Android.

Frontlines Stepping It Up

The Step House Hotel in Co Carlow boasts gardens that are blooming brilliantly this September. To celebrate their flourishing florals, they’ve launched a new package where guests can enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast, a bottle of rosé on arrival and a three-course dinner at the cosy 1808 bar.

The real highlight of this getaway though is a gardening tutorial with Cáit Coady, owner of the hotel and the green fingers behind the gardens. The "September Blooms" package starts from €99 per person sharing. See stephousehotel.iefor more.