Children enjoy the kids’ club at The Johnstown Estate. Photograph: Julien Behal

Make like an Easter Bunny and hop along to some of the great breaks and days out on offer

Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific will operate four direct flights between Dublin and Hong Kong

To the East, new flights to Belfast, leveraging business travel on St Patrick’s Day

Mediterranean sun: Aphrodite’s Rock, in Cyprus

Spain, Italy, Morocco and Cyprus are all usually sunny at this time of year

Encamp, Andorra - march 13, 2016:Skiers and snowboarders in Gran Valira ski station in Andorra

There’s still time to hit the slopes with luxury and low cost options still available

Bedroom details from Hunter’s Yard, Kilkenny.

Hoteliers are lavishing millions on luxury upgrades adding four-poster beds, hand made carpets and chandeliers

Sunset with broken bridge at Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys, near Key West.

Conchs win the day against Irma – recovery in the Florida Keys is stunning

Get up close and personal with falcons and hawks in Westport. Photograph:   Bryan O’Brien

A walk with the hawks in Westport and family breaks in Menorca are among this week’s tips

Security Screening Technologies is working on a step-on shoe scanner which can rapidly form high-contrast images of footwear, meaning that ultimately passengers would no longer need to remove their shoes before going through screening gates.

Road Warrior: Carlson rebrands back to Radisson, Discounts on Cityjet flights

Tenerife, Canary Islands:  a high-end break at the Abama Ritz Carlton will set you back €2,600pps

From long-haul specials to Mexico and Addis Ababa to more traditional sun destinations including the Canary Islands and Cyprus

Despite the lack of hotel rooms there has been no evidence of price gouging. Photograph: iStock

Restaurants have been badly hit by weather and many will be closed for at least three days

Changi Airport: Planning on levying passengers the equivalent of about €8 for using the airport

Road Warrior: There were six accidents with 19 fatalities last year, says IATA

If your flight is delayed or cancelled, you may be entitled to compensation. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

A quick guide to your rights if your travel plans are disrupted

An Airbus A350-1000 is seen at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar . Photograph: Naseem Zeitoon/Reuters

Road Warrior: the business of travel

Qatar Airways staff hold a national flag in front of an Airbus A350-1000 at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. Photograph: Reuters

Tifco purchase Travelodges, policy changes at Marriot, Hilton and Hyatt hotels

Playa de Las Teresitas in Tenerife / Canary Islands and Santa Cruz in the background.

Great Escapes to Peru, International Women’s day in the Mustard Seed

A bedroom in the new  Iveagh Garden hotel on Harcourt Street. Rooms facing the street have triple-glazed windows to block out the noise from the busy street.

What claims to be ‘Europe’s first sustainable hotel’ opens on Harcourt Street

Air Canada:  in recognising its environmental accomplishments, ATW cited the carrier’s commitment to emissions reductions

Joyride on classic Russian aircraft, world’s tallest hotel, Air Canada wins eco-award

The magic, mystery and mayhem of the Coppers dance floor will rock the Alps this year in Livigno, Italy.

Great Escapes to Copperface Jack’s ski trip, Menorca, the Algarve and the Western Front

Ryanair has announced plans for the fifth year of its Always Getting Better programme for 2018. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Africa aviation liberalisation on cards, and 4,000 firearms found in US airports

Romance your partner from €100 to €10,000

Great Escapes for you and your Valentine in Dublin, Kildare, Westmeath, Belfast and Paris

Mexico bound: all inclusive tips to resorts in Cancun are expected to be in demand from Irish holidaymakers

What we and 38,000 other visitors learned from the 55-country Holiday World 2018

United Airlines jets  parked at  O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois

Global satellite tracking of aircraft almost here, joy for United Airlines staff, stunning profits to be shared, get your Visa Dra(...)

Fall forest with colorful autumn leaves and highway 60 reflecting in Lake of Two Rivers. Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada

If Lanzarote or Limerick doesn’t suit, head to the RDS for holiday help

The Killarney Park Hotel, owned by Padraig and Janet Treacy

The Killarney Park Hotel wins best hotel, while Galway City Hostel wins best hostel

IAG chief executive Willie Walsh  said more must be done to reduce the cost of flying from Heathrow airport. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Road Warrior: Business travel bad for health, air travel grows again in 2017

Limone on Lake Garda
USA from €99 each way

Great Escapes to Las Vegas from €349pps, Lake Garda from €679pps, Malta for St Paddy’s week from €349pps

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum of modern and contemporary art designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry in 1997

New ferry service to Northern Spain will open up a picturesque, culinary, artistic part of Spain

 Santander Bay in Spain. The ferry crossing from Cork to Santander will take 26 hours

Brittany Ferries will sail from Cork to Santander twice a week

The Devlin in Ranelagh, Dublin, is set to open this coming summer.

More than 700 new rooms will open in the city, as well as 900 rooms in Belfast

David Meade, mentalist and mind reader, floating above the Giant’s Causeway in Dublin.

Discover Northern Ireland cheers up Dubliners on the gloomiest day of the year

The number of passengers carried through Dublin by Ethiopian Airlines has grown by 37 per cent over the past three years.

Japanese airlines most punctual, Ethiopian marks millionth through Dublin

Cannonball run: the Lions Trip will be zipping across Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland in March

Great Escapes: Wow Air’s cheap flights to the US, no single supplement in Westport

From Hong Kong to Marrakesh, and dozens of destinations in between, where will we be flying this year?

Skellig Michael, Co Kerry is a Unesco world heritage site.

From hunting treasure to climbing Skellig Michael, there is lots to try out this year

Star gaze at Finn Lough forest domes in Co Fermanagh

Thirteen of the 20 most-read travel stories of 2017 were about Irish travel and tourism

Berlin: Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to  boat trips, as the city boasts miles of tranquil waterways. Photograph: Getty

Where to stay, eat, sleep, drink and visit

 Lufthansa has been awarded the only five-star rating in Europe by aviation consulting specialist Skytrax. Photograph:  Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

Road Warrior: British Airways launching Dublin-Manchester service in May

There are good discounts available for family holidays in Wales.

Great Escapes: The best holiday deals at home and abroad this week

Digital creations at EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum, Dublin’s newest museum, which has been shortlisted for the European Museum of the Year Award

National Gallery of Ireland and EPIC Irish Emigration Museum in final nominees for European Museum of the Year

An artist’s impression shows Boom’s 55-seat supersonic aircraft. Photograph:  Reuters

Road Warrior: Dublin Convention Bureau wins €64m of new business

The 12 Apostles mountains framing the beach in Cape Town.

Great Escapes: The best travel deals this week at home and abroad

The church of San Bartolomé y Santa Tecla and the beach in Sitges, a small town near Barcelona. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Where to stay, eat, sleep, drink and visit

Night view of Galway Continental Christmas Market

Get in the Christmas mood and do some last-minute shopping at a market near you

Save up to €300  with a summer travel offer  to Algarve

Great Escapes: mid-Christmas break in west Cork for €260, winter sun from €349 and leaf-peeping in New England

Queen Maeve of Connacht is one of the Irish kings and queens whose lives you can follow around Ireland. Illustration: Expedia

New self-guided tours take in lives of our chieftains, kings and pirate queens

In Limerick, the reopening of Adare Manor is expected to contribute enormously to tourism in the county. Photograph: Alan Betson

Total of 57,000 hotel beds still 3,000 fewer than boom-time peak

An artists’s impression of the lake at Center Parcs.

Forest resort to have 470 lodges and 30 apartments

The Bushmills Inn in Co Antrim will screen lots of special Christmas films.

From movies and music to markets and mystery, there’s lots to do in the run-up to December 25th

Carton House and golf club:  sold by the Mallaghan and Kelly families to Irish American businessman John Mullen. Photograph: Alan Betson

Stately mansion in Kildare with golf resort sold to Irish-American buyer John Mullen

 British Airways-owner IAG has snapped up prized take-off and landing slots at Gatwick Airport put up for sale by the administrator of collapsed airline Monarch in a multi-million pound deal. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Air Canada and Qantas unveil new lounges; enhanced Europe-India deals

Calgary in Alberta, one of a number of stops on a bucket list tour of Canada

Great Escapes: The best travel deals this week at home and abroad

The automated passport machines are expected to speed up passenger movement at  Dublin Airport. Photograph: Alan Betson/Irish Times

Facial recognition will speed up arrivals at Dublin Airport where 20 machines will be in service across Terminals 1 and 2

Groups can now pay their own share on the accommdation website, meaning no one person is responsible for the whole fee.

Accommodation website enables up to 16 people to pay for one booking

Great Escapes: This week we focus on some of the best deals at home and abroad

The Christmas-decorated drawingroom at Hayfield Manor in Cork.

Joan Scales finds some of the best deals around the country for a quick festive getaway

The Space Needle is now the symbol of the city. You can take an elevator to the top for great views across Seattle

There’s lots to see and do in the home of coffee culture

Aer Lingus will fly to the northwest US city of Seattle from 2018

More than three million transatlantic passengers travel through Dublin in 2017

United Airlines Boeing 747: the aircraft was retired from service last week after a final trip to Hawaii. Photograph: Getty

Anti-terrorism ‘controlled experiment’ was done without airline or pilots knowing

Live like a Parisian and spend a week in  the French capital, staying near the Gare de Nord.

Great Escapes: the best travel deals at home and abroad this week

Or are you thinking of Airbnb as a serious business that could replace your main source of income?

So you want to Airbnb your property? Here’s how to get started on a profitable endeavour

View of Lough Erne Resort on the banks of  Fermanagh’s Lough Erne

Great Escapes: the best travel deals at home and abroad this week

Transport networks in Dubai are dabbling with drones to move people around.

Emotion-recognition technology, an increase in rail travel and people-carrying drones will play a part in your holidays

British Airways airplanes on the runway at London City Airport   with the  City of London in the background. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/ AFP/Getty Images

London City Airport is 30, only five new Dublin hotels in 10 years, $1,000 bagel

Torremolinos beach, Costa del Sol – take a two-week break in January for  €635

Great Escapes: The best travel deals at home and abroad this week

Adare Manor, which has been refurbished over an 18-month period

Five-star hotel has added 42 new bedrooms, a ballroom and a redesigned golf course

End of an era: KLM is saying goodbye to the Fokker aircraft, after 97 years of service. On Sunday, a special Fokker monument will be unveiled  at Schiphol-Oost at about 10am

Goodbye to the Fokker, Lufthansa on the up and up, find the best beer on your travels, new Dreamliner for Ethiopian

The Orlando Eye is the largest observation wheel on the East Coast of the USA.

The best travel deals at home and abroad this week

Achill Island: . Visit the disappearing beach of Dooagh on your wayv to Keem Breach

Psychologist advises against hibernating, but to lengthen days by getting out and about

The Dotonbori neighborhood, Osaka, Japan. Photograph: Lauryn Ishak for The New York Times

Successful candidate will write about their adventure for The New York Times

Bénédicte Duval, Air France and KLM general manager for the UK and Ireland, will oversee changes in the airlines’ operations in the Irish market.

Delta adds check-in utility to app, A4E calls for scrapping of EU passenger taxes

Live like a king or queen in Belleek Castle, Co Mayo

Great Escapes: The best travel deals this week at home and abroad

Ballyfin in Co Laois: the best hotel in Ireland.

Ballyfin in Co Laois voted best hotel in Ireland by readers of Conde Nast `Traveller' magazine

There are many reasons you can be denied an ESTA visa waiver to the US

The ‘Pod’ at Dublin Airport, where aircraft are allocated stands. Photograph: daa/Twitter

160 flights cancelled in Dublin. Duty-free has closed. Some parking costs are being waived

The Lost Letter: based on  letter to Santa  discovered up a chimney 100 years after it was written

Award-winning film inspired by Irish Times article about 1911 letter found in Dublin chimney

Dublin Airport’s Radisson Blu Hotel, meanwhile, is planning a six-storey extension, and planning permission has been granted for a seven-storey hotel in the front car park at the Radisson Blu

1,000 more rooms in the works for Dublin Airport, including new 402-bedroom hotel

The Asia Pacific region carried the largest number of passengers in 2016, but the top three airlines in terms of passengers carried were US carriers. Photograph: iStockphoto

Road Warrior: Stobart buys into Airportr, Hilton honours guests who book online

Take a five-day break in Westport this winter for €219

Dinner, B&B and no single supplement in Hotel Westport. The best travel deals at home and abroad this week

Shannon Airport has made it to the final three destinations in an X Factor-style competition to decide a new airline route from Cologne

Public vote today between 2pm and 3pm to introduce a new Cologne-Shannon route in 2018

Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla, speaks during at an event  near Jamestown,  Australia last week. Photograph: Photograph: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

Travel to US falls; scramble for Monarch pilots; fly London to Sydney in under an hour


European city breaks from €160pps – so get sunkissed for Christmas from €359pps

A leafy street scene in tranquil Philadelphia.

Here are 10 things to do in one of America’s most celebrated and interesting destinations

Regency Hotel: crime-scene tape at the hotel in 2016; it is now the Bonnington. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dermot Desmond among backers investing €28m in ‘Bonnington’ hotel

Villa Colonia, an eight-bedroom villa in Sitges, Spain, is for rent with Utopia Villas.

There are many reasons to hire a large holiday home for a group of family or friends

The US department of transport has granted Norwegian UK an air carrier permit to allow it to operate flights between Europe, the UK and the US. File  photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

More Yotels on the way, Netflix looks to boost in-flight wifi while Uber seeks forgiveness

A Ryanair aircraft prepares to land at Dublin airport. The airline has cancelled 462 flights from Dublin from November 1st to March 25th. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters.

Regular Ryainair flyers left in limbo following the latest cancellations

Spend the winter in the  Algarve, Portugal with prices from €176 for three weeks.

Great Escapes: This week’s best travel deals at home and abroad

Air France-KLM’s chairman Jean-Marc Janaillac with staff - in ‘casual urban’ clothing – of Joon, the new lower-cost airline.  Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Passengers will have digital access, organic food, free drinks. Crew will wear skinny jeans

South Africa is having a resurgence in tourism traffic and starting to reappear on the honeymoon destinations list

Addis Ababa is an excellent gateway to 75 routes on the continent – and no transit visa required

A  British Airways Boeing 777: the airline has launched an upgrade promotion called First. Photograph: Tim Ockenden/PA Wire

Airlines make $44.6 billion extra revenue; GoCar to expand around the country

Early ski deals include free skis and boots, or 50% off lift passes

Ski season is coming up and the best deals are booked in advance

Ryanair has cancelled flights between Dublin airport and nine other airports over the next six weeks. Photograph: Getty Images

The budget airline has cancelled flights between Dublin and nine other airports. We find alternative ways to get there

It is a sinking feeling when your baggage does not arrive at your destination.

Travel Advice: The first thing to do is report it at the airport and make sure you keep labels

Ryanair is cancelling flights to improve punctuality and to allocate leave to staff. Some 1,900 flights could be cancelled

Passengers on future flights will get a text a day or hours before to say their flight is cancelled and to apply for a refund

Ryanair says it intends to cancel 40 to 50 flights a day over the next six weeks because its staff need to catch up on holiday entitlement. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Airline warns of mass cancellations as staff need to catch up on holiday entitlement

One of Norwegian Air’s Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. Photograph: Norwegian Air

Five thousand sci-fi fans bound for Dublin; hackers target boarding cards

Rocky Coast of Algarve,  Portugal

The best travel deals at home and abroad

The former Great Southern Hotel in Killarney, which will return to its former name in January 2016

Killarney’s best-known hotel will adopt name it held for more than a century

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