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Now that was a week of European football.
Royal Caribbean launched its latest ship, Symphony of the Seas, last week in Barcelona. Caroline O'Toole and Fiona Flaherty from Fahy Travel cruise department were invited to the launch and spent two nights on board what is now the largest ship in the world.
Among the many fine writers coming to Galway for the Cúirt International Festival of Literature is Mexican novelist Juan Pablo Villalobos. The author of three bitingly funny books, Down The Rabbit Hole, Quesadillas, and I’ll Sell You A Dog, he delivers sharply satirical, sometimes surreal, depictions of Mexico’s political and economic instability and inequity, and its crime problems.
HE HAS toured Britain with Ricky Gervais and John Oliver, was a founding member of the acclaimed Robin Ince’s Book Club, and has performed regularly with Russell Brand and Stewart Lee.
Corofin footballers produced an awesome 30 minutes of Gaelic football on Saturday afternoon, ripping seven-times All-Ireland champions Nemo Rangers apart in the first half of the All-Ireland club football final.
With another week of European football completed last night, it is time to get back to domestic matters this weekend as the chase hots up for the Galway Advertiser Tribal Leader League in association with St Anthony's and Claddagh Credit Union.
As we noted before on these pages, when on holidays it is often the case that the best and best-value restaurants are often off the beaten track. That does not mean you have to walk miles to find them — a terrible meal on La Rambla in Barcelona or in the shadow of the Vatican’s walls will cost you plenty. A lovely meal a few meters down almost any side street could cost half that. Just a couple of minutes away from the main streets of Galway and just paces from Eyre Square, Osteria Italiana is such a place and one of the city's most authentic Italian eateries.
There are so many wonderful cities waiting for you just a short hop away offering another view on how life is. A city break can be many things - a relaxing break; an exciting weekend; a buy-all spending-spree; a cultural experience; or anything else you want it to be.
Are you dreaming of crystal clear waters, palm trees swaying in the light sea breeze, powder white sand between your toes, and tropical sunshine warming your face? This does not have to be just a dream — Caribbean cruises have never been more affordable. Royal Caribbean has some of the best ships in the Caribbean and is offering amazing value for later on this year.
Are you thinking of a cruise this year? Then look no further — Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has amazing offers for 2018 sailings. The company is offering free de luxe drinks packages on Mediterranean sailings and selected Caribbean sailings, plus 50 per cent reduction for the second person in a cabin, along with a 25 per cent reduction on the third and fourth person. Booking deposit is also reduced to €70pp. Cruises must be booked by March 5.