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Irish Ferries floats Irish Sea sale

Added: 02/04/18 : 13:49:02

Irish Ferries has announced details of a Spring sale on its Irish Sea sailings that sees a 20% reduction on all motorist fares between Ireland and Britain from April 1st to December 18th next.


Valid on all cruise and fast ferry services, the deal applies to new reservations made before April 11th and at least 48 hours in advance of travel.


Recently, the Company unveiled plans to increase its sailing capacity on the Irish sea through a €315m investment in two new vessels.

The 54,985 tonne W.B Yeats is due to enter year-round service later this year, followed by a 67,300 tonne vessel scheduled for delivery before Mid-2020 and set to be the largest cruise ferry in the world in terms of vehicle capacity.


Bookings can be made online at or by calling 0818 300 400


New spring summer menu at Lough Eske Castle's Cedars Restaurant

Added: 10/04/18 : 16:44:34

Lough Eske Castle, Donegal’s exquisite five-star hotel nestled on the shores of Lough Eske has revamped the hotel’s restaurant menu in time for the busy summer season.

The delicious fare at Cedars Restaurant in the hotel has become well known far and wide since chef Cedric Bottarlini took the reins back in 2016. Bottarlini, originally from France, has taken pride in designing and creating this unique menu which locally sources fresh quality produce prepared to the highest standards in the hotel’s kitchen. With over 15 years’ experience in luxury hotels and restaurants, Cedric brings both passion and experience to the kitchen at Lough Eske Castle.

Taste highlights of the menu include the gin cured “Salmon and Pine” and “Crisp Crab Cakes in Passion fruit gel and radish”, both starter dishes on the evening menu, and the “Duck Bergamot” dish as a main. For those with a sweet tooth, the dessert menu does not disappoint, and features delights such as the decadent "Ravioli of Vanilla Crème Brulée" which tastes as good as it sounds, and a “Chocolate Sphere” which unravels to reveal a Bailey parfait, caramel and cappuccino crunch when the side of warm toffee chocolate sauce is poured on top. Heaven!

Cedric is dedicated to bringing fine, fresh and local produce to the plate, and is looking forward to the busy summer season. He has long standing, integral relationships with some of the best Irish suppliers and this is reflective of the standard of food in Cedars.

The five-star Lough Eske Castle is located just outside Donegal Town, nestled within 43-acres of forest woodland hugging the shores of Lough Eske. Boasting 96 spacious guestrooms, Spa Solís and swimming pool, Cedars Restaurant and two bars, Lough Eske Castle is redefining the meaning of luxury in the North-West of Ireland.