Travel digest with Barry Coughlan


An October five-star break in sunny Madeira is on sale from with prices starting at €879. 


The new contemporary designed Meliá Madeira Mare resort and spa hotel occupies an oceanfront position and offers sea views of the Atlantic.

Price includes return flights with checked in baggage from Dublin, bed and breakfast in the hotel. 

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News likely to appeal to families who have yet to book a summer holiday is the announcement from Irish Ferries of a price reduction at a number of popular UK Haven Holiday resorts. 

Bookings have to be made by July 1 and are valid for arrivals up to July 28 with savings of up to €125.

A family of six arriving at the park of Hafan Y Mor in North Wales on June 26 can expect to pay €899 inclusive. 

Call 0818 300 400 or visit 


Just opened over a week, a new Viking attraction in Waterford city is attracting a huge degree of attention and it comes highly recommended, with imaginative use of the latest virtual reality (3D) bringing the epic story of Reginald, King of the Vikings, spectacularly to life. 

This Viking Virtual Adventure is a world first and is located in Bailey’s New Street. Admission is €7 for adults, €5 for kids. 

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Irish rugby fans will flock to London and Paris early next year for the much-awaited RBS Six Nations clashes against old rivals England and France. 

First up is the clash in France on February 3 and prices for two night packages run between €499 and €589 with Abbey Travel.

England St Patrick’s Day packages are much more expensive at between €1,008 and €1,038 (inclusive of €79 taxes). 

Call 01 804 7102, or check out 


Cassidy Travel hopes to tempt wine buffs on an upcoming seven night river cruise of the Garonne as it winds a way through many famous regions known for production. 

The June 22 departure includes flights from Dublin and a cruise with daily sightseeing programmes, all meals with wine.

The company also offers late summer deals to Turkey and the Canaries, both departing from Dublin on August 26. 

Call on 01 01 969 5266.


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