Staycation Dublin

Staycation Dublin, Staycation Ireland, Staycation packages, Dublin Hotels, Special Offers, Viking Splash, Wax Museum, Jeanie Johnson Famine ship, Dublin ZOO

What is a staycation, exactly? It’s a vacation where you stay in Ireland and by doing so; you help protect local businesses and jobs. When you BOOK DIRECT on the Hotel or Guesthouse website you also ensure that all of the money goes to the Hotel or Guesthouse rather than to third party booking agents, many of whom take large commissions up to 25%.

Back in boom times, special offers were like flowers in the desert. Now, you can take your pick… especially if you travel Sunday through Thursday, here we have brought together some of the best value for money special offer staycations in Ireland. Viking Splash Tours, Wax Museum, Jeannie Johnson Famine and so much more to enjoy on your Staycation in Dublin Ireland.
Here are some reasons why you should take a Staycation. Continue reading

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Rabo Direct Pro 12 Final 2013

Rabo Direct Pro 12 Final 2013, Leinster rugby, Ulster Rugby, Joe Schmidt, Mark Anscombe

This being the last week of the domestic season, mind games between the rival New Zealand coaches, desperate to capture the Rabo Direct Pro 12 title, go up a notch.

For Joe Schmidt it’s about leaving Leinster without the stain of three consecutive runner-up finishes in league finals. That would represent the only black mark in an otherwise phenomenal tenure.

For Mark Anscombe it’s about backing up Ulster’s perfect start to a campaign, which faltered during the illogical international window and was almost ruined by a chronically overcrowded infirmary.

This week his only concern is All Black tighthead prop John Afoa’s hamstring. Continue reading

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Heineken Cup Analysis

Heineken Cup Analysis, Toulon, Claremont Auvergne, Rugby 2013, Aviva Stadium

Toulon 16 Clermont Auvergne 15: Did Clermont Auvergne freeze once again in sight of the winning post? That’s the accusation they’ll face as they contrived to lose a match they should have won.

They played the better rugby for most of the game but that’ll be of little consolation as the Heineken Cup will be returning to France with Toulon.

Clermont looked far more dangerous in possession and if they managed to introduce a little more composure and precision, especially in the Toulon 22, might have won this match in a canter.

They will also rue the fact that they gave away too many penalties, failing to react to Alain Rolland’s officiating at ruck time. It cost them possession and position and acted as a safety valve in allowing Toulon to escape from their own 22.

The latter took their chances, or more accurately the one try scoring opportunity that presented itself, and otherwise relied on the boot of their captain Jonny Wilkinson. Toulon, Mathieu Bastareaud was superb in attack and defence, showed grit and character but it shouldn’t have been enough to suffice. Continue reading

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Heineken Cup Final 2013 latest

Heineken Cup FinalHeineken Cup Final 2013 latest, Lansdowne Hotel, D4 Party, ASM Clermont Auvergne, Toulouse

Pre/Post Match Drinks Ned Keenan’s Traditional Irish Pub

It’s easy to see how Vern Cotter and Joe Schmidt worked as a partnership. Unannounced and apologetically, we came at the 51-year-old New Zealander in the lead-up to the Heineken Cup final. He answered our questions straight, providing as much time as we needed.

We start with Aurelien Rougerie. The veteran centre is to ASM Clermont Auvergne what Paul O’Connell is to Munster. Dyed in the wool, leader.

Injured. A hamstring tear, sustained in their dismissal of Toulouse four weeks ago, Clermont’s captain is unlikely to recover for the Toulon collision in Dublin on Saturday.

Their South African recruits, flanker Gerhard Vosloo and prop Daniel Kotze, are further concerns. Continue reading

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