Cork-Lisbon route begins

AER LINGUS new route from Cork to Lisbon has already had an encouraging start, with a high profile launch last week, good forward bookings and Portugal’s tourism body rowing in behind the service.

Aer Lingus has also promised to keep the prices down, and fares (one-way) start from €39.99, including taxes.

Aer Lingus now operates directly to 18 destinations from Cork. The special fares will be available until May 28 at

* CANVAS Holidays has a seven-night stay at Camping Butterfly at Lake Garda, Italy from €137 per family for arrivals onsite on May 1.

The price is based on two adults and up to three children with accommodation in a two-bedroom mobile home.

Located just a short walk to the beach on the southern banks of Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, this campsite is said by the company to be good for young families, offering a playground, a large pool complex and lively evening entertainment.

For more information see, or call 01 6569301.

* in its sixth year, the Festival of Fools kicks off on April 30 in Belfast and the subsequent four days will see the streets of the city ringing to the sound of laughter with a variety of exciting events planned.

On Sunday May 3, the festival will mark the start of Belfast City Council’s new Summer Sundays Cultural Initiative in Cathedral Quarter, with a full day of street theatre in Cotton Court.

For further information on the festival or general information on visiting Northern Ireland, contact the Northern Ireland Tourist Board on 1850 230 230 or visit

* INCREDIBLE India has produced a honeymoon package that will cater for those seeking sightseeing, as well as leisure time on the beach, in the subcontinent.

Located in the west coast of India, Goa has some of the world’s most picture-perfect beaches.

The 12-day tour starts with a whirlwind trip of the north with a private chauffeur driven car and personal guide, before heading south to the beaches of Goa.

The packages, available from either Dublin or Cork are available from €1955 including taxes. Call 0818 300 204 or visit


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