Friday 24 November 2017

In Brief: It's the lucky country for some with free holidays to USA on offer at show

FREE holidays to the United States will be up for grabs at Tour America annual sale day at the Red Cow Moran Hotel in Dublin next Sunday.

It is the 13th year that Tour America – Ireland's leading tour operator to the US – has run its holiday show, and it has organised for suppliers from all over the States to join it on the day. Among the attendees will be cruise companies such as Norwegian Cruise Line, to the famous Fitzpatrick Hotels in New York.

Some of the key tourist boards from the USA will also be there representing Orlando, Las Vegas, Massachusetts, New York, the Deep South and much more.

Tour America also has a competition running on its Facebook page where you can win a fantastic holiday to Orlando. Flights are with Delta and accommodation for seven nights is at the Enclave Hotel.

The sale day is next Sunday, October 6. Doors open at 10am and admission is free.

ACTRESS RETURNS WITH OWN SHOW

CRITICALLY acclaimed actress Alison Skilbeck returns to Ireland with her one-woman show, Are There More of You?

Her 10-day tour will kick off on October 3 at Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co Kildare.

The show, directed by Jeremy Stockwell (The Speaker, BBC2), continues on to Galway and Cork.

The play makes its Northern Ireland debut at Market Place Theatre, Armagh, on October 8 and 9 before returning to Dublin and Dun Laoghaire.

VACCINE AVAILABLE AHEAD OF FLU SEASON

PHARMACISTS across the country began delivering this year's seasonal flu vaccination service to patients on Friday. The service is available free of charge from pharmacists to those in an at-risk group who hold a medical card.

At-risk groups include elderly people, pregnant women and people with chronic illnesses. The flu season usually lasts from October to April. Last year, 13 people, mostly elderly patients, died of influenza-associated illnesses in Ireland during the flu season. Medical research has shown that the flu vaccine cuts the risk of death from influenza in half for elderly patients and reduced the chance of hospitalisation by more than a quarter.

DONEGAL MEETS SENEGAL IN MUSICAL MIX

AIDAN O'Donnell and Ciaran O Maonaigh of Fidil, the top traditional fiddle outfit from Gweedore, join Senegalese master musicians Solo Cissokho and his nephew Seckou Keita in an Irish tour this week, with the promise of a beguiling blend of rhythmic culture on offer.

While Fidil mine fresh seams of the Donegal tradition, Solo is a master of the kora, the 22-string harp, which pours cascades of rippling notes. His nephew brings beats to the brew with West African grooves beaten out on djembe and calabash.

The tour, organised by the Improvised Music Company, starts on Tuesday, October 1, at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick; and takes in Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Wednesday, October 2; Culturlann, Derry, Thursday, October 3; Aislann Chill Chartha, in Kilcar, Co Donegal, Friday, October 4; St Audeon's Church, Dublin, Saturday, October 5; and Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, on Sunday, October 6.

SHOWBAND HITS AT THE NCH

RONAN COLLINS, with special guests Karen Black and The Sugarcubes, will take a trip down memory lane next month as they perform all the showband hits live at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Thursday, October, 17.

The event also features the Eugene McCarthy Big Band.

Sunday Independent

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