Ash Cloud Returns

2011-05-27 13:00:00

It’s all over now, both the Queen and President Obama have left and the Dublin traffic is back to normal, although still as busy as ever! One thing I meant to mention in my earlier blog post this week was Enda Kenny’s speech on Monday. Despite the negative comments made by some journalists, I would like to congratulate him on it and commend what he has done for Irish Tourism. I’d also like to mention some other (not strictly proven) information relating to President Obama that I discovered this week. After much searching through our family tree it turns out we may be distant relatives, wonder if I’ll be invited around for Christmas this year?!

A big feature in the news this week was the return of the Icelandic ash cloud. Although we all feared we would be faced with the same cancellations as last year, thankfully the disruptions were minimal. As of yesterday all flight restrictions in Europe were lifted and the volcano has now died down and is no longer ejecting ash. All Irish airports are operating normally and the Irish Aviation Authority has confirmed there will be no impact on Irish airspace for at least the next 36 hours. Hopefully there won’t be any more eruptions but if you ever do get stranded at the airport because of a cancelled or delayed flight then take the courtesy but to the Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport as they offer great overnight rates!

There’s another rugby match on this weekend with Leinster taking on Munster in the Magners League final. I’m hoping Leinster will make it two in a row following their win in the Heineken Cup final last weekend. On other Heineken Cup news the The Carlton Hotel Galway City, sponsors of Connacht Rugby, are delighted with the news that Connacht will take their place among Europe's elite in the Heineken Cup for the first time next season. To celebrate their first entry to the Heineken Cup, Connacht Rugby have reduced the price of their season ticket for the coming 2011/12 season which is great news for their supporters!

Hopefully I’ll be at Thomond Park tomorrow cheering on Leinster, and I hope you all enjoy whatever you’re up to for the weekend!

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