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Irish Tourism Comes Calling In Halifax – Unravel Travel TV

Irish Tourism is on the move. Inspired by a 16% increase in visitors in 2017, representatives from 13 partner firms hosted an evening for Halifax-based travel agents in the Great Hall of the Dalhousie University Club. The Great Hall was a fitting setting since its two-and-a-half-story-high vaulted ceiling and minstrel’s gallery has an old-world, medieval castle-like feel.

The message was Ireland is what you imagine and much more. And its growth in tourism shows how on-point it is for the prime travel motivators for all demographics.

Sandra Moffatt, director of marketing promoted the high access to the country, the volume of ready-to-sell packages and ability to customize itineraries, authentic experiences, and the wide range of local experts to enhance any experience, the food and hospitality. She also noted that Ireland isn’t a summer-, winter- or three-season destination. It’s a year-round destination. One of the presenting partners, Siobhan Byrne Learat, from Adams & Butler, told the group, “In Ireland we don’t have summer and winter clothes. We have clothes. We wear them year round.”

Moffatt also mentioned Conde Nast Traveler listed Ireland as number three in their top 10 countries to visit.

Among its attributes is golf. Ireland is home to a third of the world’s links courses. That’s an interesting selling point since Canadians have the highest golf participation rates in the world.

In July the Royal Portrush Course is hosting the 148th Open. For non-players, The Open is such a famous tournament it doesn’t need a fuller name. On the edge of the Portrush course is the ruined Dunluce Castle which has a funny story – funny in the context of Irish humour – about a storm that sent the castle’s kitchen, cooks and pots crashing into the sea.

For those with Downton Abbey-addicted clients, Ireland has 600 stately homes and castles. Many of these homes and castles accept guests. Some make their owners available for a special event or experience. Among the possibilities are having a glass of wine with the Honourable Desmond Guinness, tea with the Earl of Rosse at Birr Castle (as Lord Snowdon’s brother he is the Queen’s former brother-in-law) or sharing a whisky with the Jameson Family (of the distillery fame).

For the more adventurous there are unique experiences from cycling, climbing, traversing the Garrick-a-Rede swinging rope bridge and exploring the 40,000+ natural stone columns of the Giant’s Causeway. For man-made creations, the burial mount at New Grange predates the pyramids by 5,000 years.

The 2,500-km-long Wild Atlantic Way is the world’s longest touring route. Its success has spurred the development of the 314-km-long Causeway Coastal Route, which is rated one of the world’s best touring routes, and The Gobbins guided adventure cliff walk.

For city experiences, Titanic Belfast maintains strong interest and has been rated the world’s leading attraction. Dublin is promoting five-day St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and Waterford, which is best known for the crystal produced here, is central to Ireland’s Viking triangle. Waterford has more national monuments in a three-block area than are found in all the rest of Ireland. It also has a 42-km cycling route.

Armagh is the country’s ecclesiastical capital. With two St. Patrick’s cathedrals – one Church of Ireland (Protestant), one Roman Catholic – it is a popular destination for faith-based groups and individuals who follow a pilgrim route. St. Patrick was actually dean of the Protestant cathedral (which at the time was a Catholic church).

Amargh, which is where Gulliver’s Travels was written, is also a foodie city, a genealogical centre and home to many traditional Irish sports. Among those sports is Hurling, which is played here year round. Hurley-on-ice, which was played in Windsor, Nova Scotia in 1800, is considered the roots for hockey, so has that extra Canadian interest.

Screen tourism, driven by The Games of Thrones and Star Wars’ The Last Jedi, is drawing visitors on a type of cultural pilgrimage to locations where these productions have been filmed.

Some of the intense new travel experiences are the knitting tours. They’ve got the sheep and history and are drawing knitters from around the world who come to learn, experiment and pursue their passion.

Moffat’s colleague said they support agents and sellers with high commissions, value for money for visitors, authentic experiences, local experts, easy customization of packages and itineraries, a history of hospitality, and a real year-round destination. In addition to newsletters, e-zines, promotional literature, market advice, fam trips, workshops, trade shows, Irish Tourism will provide content for sellers’ social media accounts, as well as material targeted to client interest.

Another message was variation of price points. Ireland can provide luxurious five-star experiences in castle resorts, but for the price-sensitive also provide family-friendly-priced experiences.

The evening began with a reception-trade show, speed-dating-type-rotating table presentations, dinner and Irish music. Amongst themselves, the 70 Halifax-based agents considered it one of the better organized evenings they are invited to.

Participating Irish and Canada-based partners were B&B Ireland, The Griffin Group (small, Irish-owned hotel group), Visit Armagh, Waterford Treasures, Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site, Galway 2020 (when they are the European Capital of Culture), Adams & Butler, Moloney & Kelly, The Irish Tourism Group, Royal Irish Tours, Globus Family of Brands, CIE Tours and Collette Vacations.

Source: travelindustrytoday.com

American Holidays ultimate Christmas shopping breaks – Silvija Travel Tips

The ultimate Christmas shopping breaks with American Holidays

‘Tis the season to start shopping…. Yes, though Halloween may not have even arrived yet, now is the time to start booking that Stateside shopping trip to ensure you’re well stocked up for the festive season!

For some, Christmas shopping is a chore, trying to pick the perfect gifts for loved ones whether naughty or nice. So why not brighten up your shopping spree – while also saving on amazing USA deals and exploring one of America’s wonderful cities while you’re at it?

Nothing beats New York at Christmas. Shopping on 5th Avenue,taking in the extra festive lights of Times Square, ice-skating at Rockefeller Center. It literally is a Winter Wonderland! Add in the amazing post-Thanksgiving bargains to the mix and it’s a no-brainer! This is the perfect choice for a girls’ weekend away – shop ’til you drop by day, take in a Broadway show by night and be dazzled by the incredible NYC nightlife! A perfect pre-Christmas treat.

Boston is a city that is beautiful year-round but seeing it under snow really is something special. Out in the crisp air, wrapped up warm in a down jacket as you meander your way through the streets, the city just feels like Christmas! With many shopping outlets to choose from that transform into festive hives where you’ll not only make your purchases but also enjoy the extensive decor, displays and possibly even a touch of snow along the way.

If you’re looking for some serious shopping then look no further than Chicago’s Magnificent Mile – which you can rest assured is aptly named! With a wealth of both international and national brands on offer you’ll be spoiled for choice. If you want something more authentic then be sure to check out the markets further downtown where you’ll pick up some truly special handmade gifts.

If you want to add a bit of culture to your trip, or if you’re a bit of a politics buff, then combine your shopping break with a trip to the centre of political power, history and activity in America – Washington DC! Washington DC’s unforgettable skyline is marked by some of the world’s most iconic landmarks including the White House, the Capitol Building and the National Mall. Looking for a gift that will remind you of your time in the nation’s capital? Look no further than the White House Historical Association for their annual Christmas ornament.

Give both your loved ones and yourself an early gift this Christmas with these fantastic value shopping breaks from American Holidays.

New York
Spend 4 nights in the 3* Beacon Hotel from only €609pp.
Price includes: Return direct flights ex. Dublin, 4 nights’ accommodation as stated, taxes and charges. Based on four adults sharing.
Travel: December 2018
Ref No: 1582238

Boston
Spend 4 nights in the 3* Midtown Hotel Boston from only €690pp.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, 4 nights’ accommodation as stated, taxes and charges. Based on two adults sharing.
Travel: December 2018
Ref No: 1576863

Chicago
Spend 4 nights in the 3* Felix Hotel Chicago from only €699pp.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, 4 nights’ accommodation as stated, taxes and charges. Based on two adults sharing.
Travel: December 2018
Ref No: 51228823

Washington
Spend 4 nights in 3* Fairfax at Embassy Row from only €671pp.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, 4 nights’ accommodation as stated, taxes and charges. Based on two adults sharing.
Travel: December 2018
Ref No: 2007647893

Call American Holidays to book on 01 673 3804 or drop into their office at 18- 19 Duke Street – just off Grafton Street – where the expert staff will help you plan your holiday of a lifetime. For more information visit www.americanholidays.com

Source: Press Release TravelMedia.ieAmerican Holidays

Click&Go Deals of the Week – Silvija Travel Tips

Deals of the Week  www.clickandgo.com

The Algarve is one of our top destinations for summer holidays, but it’s becoming increasingly popular for those who want a slightly warmer climate when Ireland is in the throws of winter.

4*Algarve Sun in December from €199pp
From €199pp for the 4* Quinta Pedra Dos Bicos Aparthotel. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in December 2018.

Price includes:
• 7 nights in the 4* Quinta Pedra Dos Bicos Aparthotel, The Algarve, Portugal
• Standard Studio on a Self-Catering Basis
• Direct flights from Dublin to Faro
• Airport Transfers
• Airport taxes & charges
Link to offer: https://www.clickandgo.com/design-your-own-holiday/details/2018-12-01/7/2::0/SC/DUB/0/7976/25401/205?search=all/The_Algarve/2018-12-01/7/2::0//DUB/0

4*Algarve Sun in January from €229pp
From €229pp for the 4* Muthu Club Praia da Oura. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in January 2019.

Price includes:
• 7 nights in the 4* Muthu Club Praia da Oura, The Algarve, Portugal
• Classic Room on a Self-Catering Basis
• Direct flights from Dublin to Faro
• Airport Transfers
• Airport taxes & charges
Link to offer: https://www.clickandgo.com/design-your-own-holiday/details/2019-01-26/7/2::0/SC/DUB/0/61/66203/229?search=all/The_Algarve/2019-01-26/7/2::0//DUB/0

4*Algarve Sun in November from €269pp
From €269pp for the 4* Estrela do Vau. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in November 2018.

Price includes:
• 7 nights in the 4* Estrela do Vau, The Algarve, Portugal
• Standard Studio on a Self-Catering Basis
• Direct flights from Dublin to Faro
• Airport Transfers
• Airport taxes & charges
Link to offer: https://www.clickandgo.com/design-your-own-holiday/details/2018-11-06/7/2::0/SC/DUB/0/2871/25401/267?search=all/The_Algarve/2018-11-06/7/2::0//DUB/0

5*Algarve Winter Sun in November from €289pp
From €289pp for the 5* Real Marina Hotel & Spa. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in November 2018.

Price includes:
• 7 nights in the 5* Real Marina Hotel & Spa, The Algarve, Portugal
• Double Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis
• Direct flights from Dublin to Faro
• Airport transfers
• Airport taxes & charges
Link to offer: https://www.clickandgo.com/design-your-own-holiday/details/2018-11-24/7/2::0/BB/DUB/0/1556/66067/288?search=all/The_Algarve/2018-11-24/7/2::0//DUB/0

Visit www.clickandgo.com today or call (01) 539 7777 to talk to one of our experienced reservation agents today.

* Prices are ‘from’ prices, based on select departure dates from Dublin. Price includes return flights, specified accommodationand airport taxes and charges where stated. Prices are per person, based on 2 adults sharing. Prices for cruises exclude gratuities. Offers are subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. Prices exclude check-in luggage unless stated. Click&Gois fully licensed & bonded by the Commission for Aviation Regulation T.A 0700.

NOTE TO EDITORS:
Click&Go is Ireland’s fastest growing online travel company. They are aone-stop online travel shop making it quick and easy for you to book the holiday you want. Click&Go are holiday partners with Aer Lingus. Click&Go are the home of the €1 holiday deposit – book now and pay later with Ireland’s only genuine €1 deposit for holidays!

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Visit Santa – Silvija Travel Tips

Countdown to Christmas is on with Visit Santa!

With just over 100 days to go now is the time to get booking that trip of a lifetime to see Mr Claus himself in the magical world of Lapland!

A trip to Lapland is a dream for any family – both kids and adults! To give a wishlist to Santa in person is one memory they will never forget!

VisitSanta have released some amazing deals for this Christmas, ranging from one day trips to four day adventures.

Most popular are the three day trips which start from €1,119pp and give families plenty of time to do all the fun activities on offer. Those on a budget or who are tight on time can choose a one or two day trip from only €640pp. All packages includes flights, accommodation, thermal clothing and are jam-packed with exciting activities and, of course, some face time with the man himself!

  VisitSanta are also giving you the chance to win this magical experience for you and your family, with Canterbury Travel! Just click here to enter and you could win a trip for two adults and two children to Lapland where you can explore Santa’s village, go snowmobiling, take a sleigh ride, and meet Santa Claus himself.

Now is the perfect time to start planning and take advantage of these early offers! So book now and avail of fantastic value on these Lapland adventures for you and your little loved ones!

Enchanting Lapland 1 Day Trip
Take this mesmerizing day trip to the mystical resort of Enontekio where igloos, ice sculptures and of course Santa await from only €680 per adult and €640 per child.
Price includes: Return flights incl. taxes, transfers, thermal snow suits and boots, a visit to Snow Igloo, private meeting with Santa and his elves including gift, snowmobile, husky, tobogganing and sleigh rides, lunch, souvenir CD and licences.
Travel: 16th December 2018
For a full itinerary click here!

Santa’s Sleepover – 2 Day Trip
A sensational sleepover in Santa’s hometown where you will be taken on whirlwind adventures by his reindeer and elves, and you’ll even get to meet the magical Mr. Santa Claus himself from only €1,097 per adult and €819 per child.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin or Cork, meeting with Santa, free gift for children aged 2-12 years, snowmobile, husky and reindeer sleigh rides, snow and ice fun activities, gingerbread decorating, a trip to Santa’s post office and village, thermal clothing for the duration of your trip and meals.
Travel: Between 7th and 21st December 2018
For a full itinerary click here!

Sleighbell Spectacular – 3 Day Trip
An activity-filled break to the snowy plains of Lapland, with everything from husky and reindeer sleigh rides to lessons at Elf School and a meeting with a very merry Father Christmas from only €1,309 per adult and €1,119 per child.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, thermal snow suits, 3 nights full-board accommodation, private meeting with Santa and his elves with gift, snowmobile, husky and reindeer sleigh rides, tobogganing, all meals including a Festive Gala dinner and show, souvenir CD and licences.
Travel: 3rd – 21st December 2018
For a full itinerary click here!

Lapland Lullaby – 4 Day Trip
An exhilarating 3 night trip to transport you to a world of magic, this package includes every festive activity you could hope for and more from only €1,575 per adult and €1,475 per child.
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, thermal snow suits, 3 nights full-board accommodation, private meeting with Santa and his elves with gift, snowmobile, 90 minute husky and reindeer experiences, tobogganing, all meals including a Festive Gala dinner and show, journey to the magical post office, €25 gift allowance, souvenir CD and licences.
Travel: 3rd – 21st December 2018

All offers subject to change and availability. For more information or to book visit VisitSanta.ie  or call the experts on 01-6111048.

Make it a stylish September at Mount Juliet Estate with a break for two

Relaxed, luxurious and beautiful, Mount Juliet Estate is a wonderfully picturesque 500-acre country estate. This is where memorable times happen, full of style, fun and magical moments, where everyone is taken care of in the inimitable, thoughtful Mount Juliet Estate way.

Add a stylish sleepover to your Autumn wish list with an escape to Mount Juliet Estate, the cosy country estate, just 20 minutes from Kilkenny city.

As you arrive at Mount Juliet Estate, you’ll leave your busy schedule behind. Check-in and enjoy prosecco in your Manor House room, absorbing all the charm and character of your surroundings, as you melt into a cosy armchair, put your feet up as you flick through your complimentary copy of an Irish glossy magazine and start planning your Autumn/Winter wardrobe. Style your own stay at Mount Juliet Estate from spa treatments to afternoon tea, golf to equestrian there is lots to experience onsite.

With lots to explore on the estate, from the intriguing nooks and corners throughout the Manor House, in Hunter’s Yard and dotted through the substantial grounds – fabulous family portraits and historical images, ornate architectural details, fine specimen trees, hundreds of years old, magical stone bridges or tumbling waterfalls, thoroughbred horses grazing in the fields, delicious food and drink in the restaurants and bars – there is so much to inspire at Mount Juliet Estate.

The September Issue package costs from €250 per room and includes an overnight stay for two in the Manor House, a bottle of prosecco, breakfast in the Michelin Star Lady Helen Restaurant
and a Irish glossy magazine, available midweek this Autumn – an ideal break for fashionistas to indulge and those looking for 24 hours to rejuvenate and inspire.

Polished, cosy, elegant, Mount Juliet Estate is Irish country house living at its very best.

www.mountjuliet.ie

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Dublino Žirgų Šou 2018 – Silvija Travel Tips

Vienas iš svarbiausių ir didžiausių vasaros įvykių Airijoje yra Dublino Žirgų Šou (Dublin Horse Show), vykstantis kiekvienų metų rugpjūčio mėnesį. Pirmą kartą Dublino žirgų šou įvyko 1864 metais ir šiemet jau šventė 144 metines. Parodą surengė ir organizavo “Royal Dublin Society” (RDS), šiais metais pritraukdama daugiau nei 100 000 žmonių .

“Dublin horse show” dalyvavo apie 1600 arklių iš viso pasaulio, kurie įspūdingai pasirodė įvairiose žirgų varžybose. Penkių dienų renginyje įvyko 134 konkursai, įskaitant 14 tarptautinių žirgų jojimo varžybas. Jų metu žiūrovai galėjo grožėtis įspūdingais žirgų šuoliais bei mėgautis žirgų grakštumu, žavesiu ir puikiu pasirodymu. Tai didžiausias ir aukščiausio lygio tarptautinis žirginio sporto renginys, vykstantis Airijoje.

Pasaulinės “Jumping Nations Cup” varžybos dėl “Aga Khan Trophy” airiams buvo skausmingos: pirmoji vieta ir trofėjus atiteko Meksikos komandai, kuri pasirodė iš tiesų labai puikiai ir tikrai buvo verta šio puikaus prizo. Airijos komanda finišavo kartu su Prancūzija ir Italija, ir buvo antri.

Viena iš spalvingiausių, madingiausių , gražiausių dienų šiame “Dublin Horse Show” yra “Ladies’ Day “( Damų Diena). Tai ypatinga vieta pademonstruoti savo stilių, kūrybiškumą ir eleganciją. Kiekvienais metais šimtai ponių ir panelių, unikaliai ir originaliai pasipuošusių šiai šventei, pripildo visą RDS . Tokio grožio ir tiek daug stilingų damų vienoje vietoje nėra tekę matyti. Būtinas aksesuaras- skrybėlaitė. O jau jų įvairovė! Stilistai čia turi kur pasireikšti. Visos moterys gali dalyvauti stilingiausios damos rinkimuose , tik reikia užpildyti prašymo formą ir laukti komisijos įvertinimo.

Nugalėtojos laukė puikūs prizai: €10000 vertės dovanų čekis, VIP kelionė keltu į Angliją dviems. Atvykus į Jungtinę Karalystę galimybė pasimėgauti 3 naktimis viešbutyje “5 * Lowry”, Mančesterio centre.Ir dar- “Longines Conquest” šveicariškas laikrodis, kuris yra subtilumo ir elegancijos derinys, apimantis ir pačias sudėtingiausias technines charakteristikas.

“Dublin Horse Show” yra laikomas vienu iš aukščiausio lygio žirgų varžybų visame pasaulyje. Ištisos kartos metų metais dalyvauja šiame kasmetiniame Dublino Žirgų Šou. Žmonės šeimomis, su draugais ir svečiais atvyksta į šį žirgų pasirodymą puikiai praleisti laiko, bendrauti, pamatyti ir save parodyti. Tai ypatinga šventė, kuri tęsėsi ištisas penkias dienas. Ir aš, dalyvaudama šioje šventėje , turiu tikrai unikalią patirtį, kurią gali suteikti tik “Horse Show”.

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USA Summer Soirée 2018 – Silvija Travel Tips

At the invitation of TravelMedia.ie I attend the annual USA Summer Soirée 2018 event at The Shelbourne Dublin. Readers of my articles, Silvija Travel Tips online posts and my Twitter tweets will know I have a special place in my heart for the USA. Following a drinks reception the 200 members of the travel trade and media took there places in the ballroom for a fabulous dinner and interesting speeches.

The Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, Reece Smyth, opened the event, speaking about the close links Ireland has with the USA. Claire Doherty, Visit USA Committee Ireland spoke about the organisation’s role to promote the USA as a tourist & business destination. Melanie Latham from VisitUSA showcased all America has to offer with a video promo called “America’s Musical Journey,” the film follows singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc as he explores the vast U.S. musical landscape.

Vincent Harrison from Dublin Airport spoke about developments at the airport and to the delight of all those present introduced a Brass Band with balloons and Dublin Airport Fast Track passes for everyone in attendance. Dave Cole from Universal Orlando Resort highlighted the new attractions and hotel accommodation at the resort. Kevin A. Dillon A.A.E from Bradley International Airport thanked Aer Lingus for their support with flights to Bradley and went on to outline what the airport has to offer for visitors to the USA. 

Greg Evans from Discover Philadelphia spoke about the city and the flight connections with Ireland. He was excited to announce the ITTA conference 2018 will take place in Philadelphia, USA, at the end of November. Bill Byrne from Aer Lingus gave an entertaining presentation on the airline’s routes to the USA and connectivity to Europe. Congratulations to Dee Burdock who won the prize draw and flights with Aer Lingus.  Once again thank you to TravelMedia.ie brilliant event.

Airija – atsakingos politikos pavyzdys

f Lietuvos Respublikos Prezidentė Dalia Grybauskaitė antradienį, birželio 19d., susitiko su oficialaus vizito į Lietuvą atvykusiu Airijos Respublikos Prezidentu Michaeliu D. Higginsu. Susitikime aptarti dvišaliai Lietuvos ir Airijos santykiai, bendradarbiavimas Europos Sąjungoje, saugumo klausimai. Į Lietuvą Airijos vadovas atvyko kartu su pirmąja šios šalies ponia Sabina Mary Higgins.

Prezidentės teigimu, Airija – artima Lietuvai. Esame panašūs savo šalių dydžiu, interesais, vertybėmis. Todėl mums Airija yra svarbus atsakingos politikos, sėkmingos ekonominės raidos ir gebėjimo susigrąžinti išvykusius žmones pavyzdys.

Prieš 30 metų Airijos politinės partijos, profesinės sąjungos, darbdavių organizacijos įsipareigojo vieningai vykdyti nacionalines ekonominio atsigavimo ir socialinės pažangos programas. Atsakingai ir laiku įgyvendintos mokesčių ir ekonomikos reformos, kova su socialine atskirtimi užtikrino sėkmingą Airijos raidą. Šiandien tai – pažangi, inovatyvi ir sparčiausiai auganti ES ekonomika.

Didelę emigraciją patyrusi Airija yra pavyzdys, kaip sėkmingai susigrąžinti išvykusius piliečius namo. Šalyje įgyvendinama paramos emigrantams programa, o visame pasaulyje gyvenantys airiai raginami padėti valstybei pritraukti užsienio investicijas. Lietuva taip pat kviečia sugrįžti iš mūsų šalies išvykusius žmones. Tam skirta ir pernai Prezidentės inicijuota programa „Rinkis Lietuvą“, kuri jau duoda pirmuosius rezultatus. Per pirmus 5 šių metų mėnesius į Lietuvą sugrįžo per 10 tūkst. mūsų šalies žmonių – tai daugiau nei per visus praėjusius metus.

Lietuvą ir Airiją glaudžiai sieja ir gausi Airijos lietuvių bendruomenė – trečia didžiausia tautinė bendrija šioje šalyje. Aktyvūs ir pilietiški Airijos lietuviai išsaugojo ryšį su tėvyne: vykdo įvairiais labdaringas iniciatyvas padėdami Lietuvos vaikams, puoselėja lietuviškas tradicijas, kalbą ir kultūrą. Airijoje veikia net 14 lituanistinių mokyklų, o nuo pernai metų lietuvių kalba įtraukta į Airijos bendrojo lavinimo mokyklų programą kaip galima antroji užsienio kalba.

Valstybių bendradarbiavimą dar labiau sustiprins vizito metu pasirašomi trys susitarimai mokslo ir švietimo srityje: tarp Lietuvos sveikatos mokslų universiteto ir Airijos nacionalinio universiteto, Kauno ir Korko miestų mokytojų rengimo centrų bei Kauno mokytojų namų ir Korko lietuviškosios mokyklos. Šiuo metu Lietuvos ir Airijos mokslininkai įgyvendina net 75 bendrus ES finansuojamus tyrimų projektus.

Daug potencialo turi ir ekonominis bendradarbiavimas, ypač IT, „Fintech“, gyvybės mokslų srityse. Naujų galimybių teikia ir energetikos sektorius – Airijai ketinant statyti SGD terminalą, Lietuva pasirengusi pasidalyti savo patirtimi. Šiuo metu Airijos investicijos Lietuvoje yra sukūrusios per 2000 darbo vietų.

Susitikime šalių vadovai aptarė ir bendradarbiavimą Europos Sąjungoje. Pasak šalies vadovės, Lietuva ir Airija vienodai supranta ES kylančius migracijos, ekonomikos, saugumo, „Brexit“ iššūkius ir kartu juos sprendžia. „Brexit“ derybose Lietuva ir Airija pasisako už kuo gaudesnių ryšių tarp ES ir Jungtinės Karalystės išsaugojimą. Taip pat palaikome Airijos siekį užtikrinti, kad „Brexit“ nesukurtų naujų sienų Europoje. Sutampa ir abiejų šalių interesai artėjančiose derybose dėl naujo daugiamečio ES biudžeto. Lietuvai ir Airijai aktualu, kad būtų išsaugomas adekvatus finansavimas sanglaudos ir žemės ūkio politikai.

Susitikime pasikeista ir oficialiomis dovanomis. Prezidentė poezija ir filosofija besidominčiam Airijos vadovui padovanojo Lietuvos poetų eilėraščių knygą anglų kalba, taip pat „Lietuvos kultūros gidą“, kuriame pristatoma mūsų šalies architektūra, dizainas, kinas, muzika, teatras, šokis, vizualieji menai. Airijos Prezidento dovana – Airijos menininko sukurtas medinis dubuo.

Vizito metu Airijos Prezidentui taip pat bus suteiktas Kauno Vytauto Didžiojo universiteto garbės daktaro vardas.

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Vaikai grojantys milžinišku būgnu parke – Silvija Travel Tips

Velykų pirmadienį Dublino gyventojai ir svečiai turėjo puikią galimybę dalyvauti Kūrybinės Airijos festivalyje ( Creative Ireland). Daugybė kultūrinių renginių suaugusiems ir vaikams sukvietė šimtus žiūrovų į St. Stephen’s Green skverą. Čia ant stendų skambėjo įvairiausia muzika iš viso pasaulio, aidėjo dainos ir šokiai. Neįmanoma buvo tiesiog būti vien stebėtoju, visur minios lingavo ir šoko į taktą kartu su atlikėjais. Ypač daug renginių buvo skirta vaikams- nuo teatro, muzikos iki kūrybinių dirbtuvių , kur vaikai buvo mokomi įvairiausių amatų. Didžiulis būgnas tiesiog buvo aplipęs vaikais, kur jie azartiškai mušė į taktą , o jo garsas aidėjo toli už skvero. Visiems norėjosi pašėlti , padūkti. Puiku , kad šio festivalio programa sudaryta 5 metams.Tai bus labai gera galimybė per Velykas pasidžiaugti kultūriniais renginiais ir kūrybine Airija.

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Seattle Is Closer Than Ever! – Direct Flights From Dublin

This summer, Aer Lingus launches four flights a week to and from the super cool city, gateway to the Pacific Northwest.

The city which swept coffee into the 21st century is an addiction like no other. From the iconic Space Needle to the glittering angles of the new Mark Tower, Seattle’s skyline is encircled by snow-capped volcanoes, verdant forests, lakes and sensational seascapes. World-renowned for Hendrix, then grunge 30 years ago, Seattle remains cutting-edge with riveting scenes of Americana, indie rock, hip-hop and electronic music today.

Wilderness adventures are close at hand – see whale watching, salmon leaps, bald eagles, sea otters, or head out on adventures in Washington state’s three national parks: Olympic National Park, Mt Rainier National Park and the North Cascades National Park.

Source: Visit USA