' When the crowd at the Rugby International in Dublin stood to cheer the English team it expressed in the clearest terms, that the troubles in the North of Ireland do not affect the welcome the visitor from Britain may expect in the Republic.
It is ironic that if you take a holiday in Ireland in 1973 it will probably be better and cheaper because of what is happening in the North. Holidays in Ireland, prior to the troubles, had become very pop ular, but were subsequently affected (because of the tourist's ignorance) by the events in Belfast and Derry. As if a demonstration in Glasgow had the sliehtest effect in London or vice versa., it is the same as regards Cork or Dublin and Belfast. However, to counteract the drop in tourism the tour operators and transport organisations, in conjune tion with the Irish Tourist Board, have done their utmost to attract the visitor by producing better and cheaper bargains.
Take Aer Lingus, for example, they have introduced Gateway Weekend Holidays. You can go to Ireland for a weekend, have two nights accommodation at one of the best hotels and breakfast, all for the price of a return ticket (Liverpool to Dublin, LI 2.15; from London, £21.95.) You can extend the time, if You want to, for a very little extra.
Another similar scheme launched
by Aer Linens is the Flyaway holidays, in this case car hire can also , be included. As in the ease of all holidays the most advantageous time, pricewise, is the time that avoids the summer months. June,to September so why not think about a spring weekend?
If you are the type of holidaymaker who can not go anywhere without his own castle on wheels, then the B&I car ferries from Liverpool to Dublin, or Swansea to Cork are ideal. Incidentally if you are going from London or the Southeast the new M4 Motorway to Newport will speed up your journey enor rnously, masking it as quick as to Liverpool, ¬ quicker. The sailings are usually overnight and you have a short mini cruise into the bargain.
Talking of bargains B&I have one too. The Wednesday special. If you travel the first leg of your journey on a Wednesday and you do not return on a Friday or Saturday, you pay only £15.15 per single journey, irrespective of the size of your car. and four passengers can travel free: but again this scheme does not operate during the peak holiday periods.
With all these offers at one's disposal the best advice is try and see for oneself. If you want detailed in formation, complete the reader ser vice coupon on page 6 and the Catholic Herald will arrange for the information to be sent In you.