O’Connell Tower reopens this month

Travel Bag: The best in this week’s travel news

Glasnevin Cemetery's O'Connell Tower, the tallest round tower in Ireland, has reopened to the public 47 years after a bomb damaged it structurally. Video: Ronan McGreevy

 

The reopening of the O’Connell Tower, Ireland’s tallest round tower, takes place this month. Built in 1855 to commemorate Daniel O’Connell, it was once one of Ireland’s greatest attractions. Forced to close in 1971 after a bomb exploded at its base, work to restore the staircase began in 2016 and has at last been finished. The newly installed staircase will allow visitors to go up the tower, 55m high, where they will be greeted by unique views of Dublin. To celebrate the reopening, Glasnevin Trust has also installed a new self-guided tour, comprising of a series of informational panels detailing the life of Daniel O’Connell and the history of the tower. For more visit glasnevintrust.ie.

Stunning runway

Donegal airport was ranked the world’s most stunning runway in a recent poll by jet booking service PrivateFly. The Carrickfinn airport beat Barra in Scotland, Nice in France and Queenstown in New Zealand to take the number one spot, as voted for by a panel of travel experts. There were 112 airports nominated and 8,500 votes cast. For a full list of runners up, visit privatefly.com.

In bloom

The gibson hotel is giving guests the chance to put a seasonal bloom in their room upon check-in. On arrival, guests will be offered a colourful flower to take to their room to brighten up their stay, supplied by the team at Dundrum Blooms. Visit thegibsonhotel.ie for more.

Upgraded luxury at Cork’s Imperial Hotel
Upgraded luxury at Cork’s Imperial Hotel

City slick

The Imperial Hotel in Cork City has recently completed refurbishment with 45 bedrooms upgraded with new luxuries including King Koil Club Pocket beds, towels from Lissadel, and upgraded Orla Kiely bathroom amenities. Stay this month and experience the hotel’s new look with their spring package, including two nights’ accommodation and breakfast, dinner one evening in the hotel’s Pembroke Restaurant, lunch on one day in Rachel’s Restaurant and a guided tour of Nano Nagle Place from €358. Visit flynnhotels.com to book.

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