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New Aer Lingus logo, a test in Italy, Tralee for the Super Bowl and a Valentine’s escape

A new-look Aer Lingus

A new-look Aer Lingus


Fresh Aer

Aer Lingus has updated its logo and aircraft livery for the first time in more than 20 years. The new brand identity supports Aer Lingus’s ambition to be the leading value carrier across the North Atlantic, with a restyle of its iconic shamrock. The refresh is part of the airline’s growth plan which will see it increase its North Atlantic fleet from 17 to 30 aircraft by 2023. For a look at the new website log on to 


Triathletes will be delighted to take to their competitive streaks to Puglia, Italy, this year as Borgo Egnazia has introduced its debut half-triathlon race. Due to take place on April 13th this year, the mild climate in Puglia makes for a perfect experience for racers and spectators alike. The luxury villa is set to host the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile cycle and 13.1-mile run, and there will be relay options available. The route includes travel across the districts of Ostuni, Fasano and Monopoli, the seaside village of Savelletri and Borgo Egnazia. With race bibs starting from €100, this is a sporting experience not to be missed. Stay at Borgo Egnazia from €269 b&b, visit to book and register. 

Kingdom come 

Celebrate Super Bowl Sunday this weekend at The Rose Hotel in Tralee, Co Kerry . The American football game will be screened in Dott’s Bar on Sunday, February 3rd, with a selection of touchdown-worthy treats including mini beef sliders, sweet potato fries, tacos and Buffalo wings with blue cheese dip. Super Bowl party platters start from €21.50 for two people, including a pitcher of beer. Visit for more.   

Care of Carton

Carton House in Co KIldare
Carton House in Co KIldare

The historic manor and hotel at Carton House in Maynooth, Co Kildare, invites guests to experience a special Valentine’s escape this February. Enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast, a chilled bottle of Prosecco and Butlers Irish Chocolates in room upon arrival, dinner for two at the Linden Tree restaurant, and a complimentary late check-out until 2pm from €140 per person sharing. The package is available from Wednesday, February 13th, to Sunday, February 17th. Visit for more.