Australian visa offer

TRAILFINDERS has an exclusive Oz offer with Etihad Airways for €699 per person, with all taxes, charges and a free Australian Tourist Visa (Electronic Travel Authority, valid for a three-month stay; normal cost, €22).

Etihad is the only carrier with a one-stop connection from Ireland to Australia (via Abu Dhabi); the deal is for sales only up to May 23, but is valid for departures up to July 17; and August 17 to November 30.

Contact Trailfinders 01 881 4994 / 021 464 8888 (www.trailfinders.ie).

* TOUR Africa, a specialist brand of Tour America, have just launched Ireland’s first dedicated South Africa website. All flights, hotels, car hire are being constantly updated with live offers and specials.

For more information visit www.tourafrica.ie; or call (01) 8173565.

* THE eleventh annual Blues on the Bay Festival will take place in Warrenpoint, County Down, between Thursday and Monday, May 21 to 25.

Stars include the Grainne Duffy Band, Mirenda Rosenberg and Band, Cara Robinson and The Bad Habits, The Maria Flynn Trio, Paul Sherry Band, The Swinging Bluecats, Jackie Flavelle & Rod Demick as well as The Bluez Katz.

The Northern Ireland Tourist Board can help with accommodation in this picturesque region. Ring 1850 230 230, log onto www.discovernorthernireland.com or call into the Tourist Information Centre at 16 Nassau Street, Dublin 2.

For further information on the event, visit www.bluesonthebay.co.uk

* FOUNDED in 1843, Copenhagen’s famous Tivoli Gardens are among the world’s oldest amusement parks.

Aviation enthusiasts will love the latest attraction – a flight simulator that gives the experience of flying a real aircraft.

SAS are currently promoting Tivoli Gardens as one of the major summer attractions for those flying from Dublin to Copenhagen. For details of flights and Tivoli Gardens, visit www.flysas.ie and www.tivoligardens.com

* ONLINE holiday company Selfcatering.ie have cut tariffs on a number of properties throughout the country this summer.

Seven-night stays between June 20 and July 4 are now priced from €349 per holiday home per week, in properties based in Achill Island, Liscannor, Doolin, Dingle, Sneem, Kenmare and Courtmacsherry.

For full details, call 1850 200 236, or visit online at www.selfcatering.ie

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