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Resolution: Don’t let terrorists win

I HOPE ALL my readers made a New Year Resolution NEVER to let terrorists dictate where they choose to go on holiday or travel on business.

I am, of course, thinking in particular about the atrocities in France last November which badly affected the citybreak business of Paris. My friends in the city’s tourism industry are only now getting over the slump, hoping against hope that Springtime in Paris will cast its magic spell as it always has done, every year since the Nazi Occupation ended in 1945.

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Wicklow: Birthplace of Tourism

JOHN TREW enjoys surprises exploring some top attractions…

TOURISM IN IRELAND is claimed to have started in Wicklow, with scenic Glendalough being the biggest draw, because it was close enough to Dublin to provide a great day out for passengers of the city’s bantering jarveys in their jaunting cars. Development of hundreds of hotels followed, unleashing a wave of mass international tourism that has resulted in fleets of massive coaches parked beside historic remains.

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GLORIOUS GARDENS OF ULSTER

Green-fingered JOHN TREW highlights our ‘growing’ attractions…

NORTHERN IRELAND’S Gardens are the finest in the world, and we should be doing more to exploit them as tourist attractions. Whether you believe it or not, our temperate climate, soil and excellent growing conditions for plants originating across the globe — from the Himalayas to Southern Africa and beyond — are the envy of visiting horticulturalists worldwide who are in awe of our gardens, both public and private.

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The Falcon lands in North Mayo’s magnificence...

JOHN TREW enjoys close encounters of the bird kind along the Wild Atlantic Way…

FOR MANY MONTHS drivers along the western Irish coast from Cork to Donegal have been mystified by new road signage composed of an inexplicable symbol resembling the WWW of the World Wide Web.

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Globetrotting Animal Magic!

JOHN TREW recalls close encounters with wildlife on his travels…

DID YOU KNOW that Belfast is home to more than 100 wildlife species and that close encounters with them are on offer in a super-comfortable location within a five minute drive from the City Hall?

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