New cruise offerings

THOMAS Cook Cruises has launched a range of 42 cruises on the Irish market. The plan covers various destinations with seven cruise line companies.

Cruises range from a four day winter sunshine break in the Canary Islands to an exotic voyage to the Galapagos Islands, with the Mediterranean, the Baltic states, Fjords, the Caribbean, the far east and Alaska among the routes on offer.

Prices start from €999 including flights, transfers, cruise, all meals and entertainment. The Cruise brochure is available at travel agents or by calling Thomas Cook on 0818-200101.

- BATS, amongst other things, feature at the K Club on Friday October 29 (Halloween) as part of an educational and fun weekend at the hotel.

A bat talk and walk will take place — presented by Tina Aughney of Bat Conservation Ireland — while guests could participate in a Murder Mystery Night (October 30) as part of a weekend package.

Additional activities will be available at the resort for children and families, including a children’s Halloween party.

Two nights bed and breakfast with dinner costs from €285 per person. Log on to or call 01-6017200.

- THERE will be a host of fun activities for adults and kids alike in Dublinia during a four day history of life festival between October 23 and 26.

It’s all about the Viking and medieval side of the city’s history and is timed to allow the maximum number of people — schools are on midterm break — delve into the past and learn a bit more about it.

Dublinia is located on the crossroads of old and contemporary Dublin on St Michael’s Hill, Christchurch. Costs are €4.95 for children and €6.95 for adults; family tickets are also available for €20 (two adults and two children). For more information on the events visit

- BROOKS Hotel in Dublin’s Drury Street is linking up with the Gaiety Theatre’s hosting of Romeo & Juliet (from October 19 to 23) with a romantic package deal to take in the event.

The package includes chocolates and red roses delivered to the room, a two course dinner at Francesca’s Restaurant in the hotel, and overnight accommodation with full Irish breakfast for €130 per person sharing.

Check it out at

- SUNWAY is offering a special to the Phuket Orchid Resort in Thailand for a rate of just under €1,000. The deal is available only for booking by close of business today (October 2) and for travel this month. The price includes return flights from Dublin with Etihad (via Abu Dhabi), eight nights in the hotel and all taxes. The Orchid Resort and Spa is located in the middle of Karon Beach and features tropical gardens and three swimming pools. More details at, or phone Sunway at 01-2886828.


Hannah Stephenson has advice on how to care for your garden when wet weather strikesHow to prevent and deal with waterlogging in the garden

If you're down in the epidermal dumps, exfoliation, hydration and decongesting is what you need.The Skin Nerd: How to prep and pep that played-out January skin

The Winter Show, which gets underway in New York this Friday, is a celebration of world cultures, from antiquity to the present.Time travellers are packing their suitcases for New York this week

“Finish him!” It’s one of the most famous lines in video games – in fact, they pretty much built the entire series around it. Mortal Kombat is notorious for brutal finishing moves, in which the characters kill off their opponents in horrific (and often humourous) fashion.Game Tech: Mortal line lives on in the cinema

More From The Irish Examiner