In the weeks around Christmas and New Year, he had spent close to €2,000 on business entertainment in the Long Hall, Ely CHQ, the Stag's Head, Pichet and Matt the Thresher, according to expense statements signed off by his CEO Eamonn O'Reilly and seen by the Sunday Independent. In the 10 months from Christmas to Halloween 2018, he would spend more than €24,000 on business entertainment, staff entertainment and community dinners on the Cill Airne alone, including substantial amounts at weekends. Asked about this, Dublin Port has said that "all credit card expenditure is in line with the company's policy - only for business purposes, properly recorded, receipted and authorised, and subject to review by Internal Audit". With Brexit high on the agenda, Mr O'Reilly unsurprisingly started the year with meetings in London - staying at the five-star Pelham Hotel in South Kensington with Murphy - and in Brussels. But the coming months would see the CEO - and his management team - … [Read more...] about Dublin Port in a storm: anatomy of a busy year
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An unadulterated tastefest was the climax of our visit to the little known Morgan Hotel in the world-famous Temple Bar area of Dublin. On a rainy day, it was such a pleasure to be greeted with an umbrella by cheery and friendly Adrian, the concierge, as we disembarked our taxi. Although we had arrived way too early to check-in, the staff were very happy to take our cases while we explored the capital.Though the city could be accessed easily via the Luas (the tram), we opted for a taxi and were delighted that - though a rainy day and taxis at a premium - the hotel organised one very quickly - plus furnished us with our own Morgan Hotel umbrellas.Our first port of call was the Guinness Storehouse. Frankly it was a building I had often passed when I worked in Dublin but never had a desire to visit.As a young student in Belfast I had the misfortune of suffering from anaemia and, after fainting in the middle of the city, waking up to a dozen soldiers with guns staring me in the face, I … [Read more...] about All in good taste at Dublin’s luxurious Morgan Hotel
Joel Edgerton catches up with Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander over dinner in Dublin Independent.ie Hollywood actor Joel Edgerton is enjoying some downtime from his back-to-back blockbuster career in Dublin. https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/joel-edgerton-catches-up-with-michael-fassbender-and-alicia-vikander-over-dinner-in-dublin-38024898.html https://www.independent.ie/incoming/article38024855.ece/8170b/AUTOCROP/h342/VIPIrelandImage201019.jpg Email Hollywood actor Joel Edgerton is enjoying some downtime from his back-to-back blockbuster career in Dublin. The 44-year-old, from Australia, has spent much of the last seven years throwing himself into his work - opposite Ruth Negga in Loving, Jennifer Lawrence in Red Sparrow and Will Smith in Bright - but even rising stars need to get away now and then. He and girlfriend, fashion director at Vogue Australia Christine Centenera were pictured leaving the five star Merrion Hotel for a day of … [Read more...] about Joel Edgerton catches up with Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander over dinner in Dublin
In Paris, the abandoned 16th century Saint-Vincent de Paul hospital campus has been reimagined as Les Grands Voisins, a "utopian village", with bars and restaurants, a flea market, greenhouses, football pitches, camping and more. It's one of the coolest places in the city. In Belfast, St George's Market (voted the UK's Best Large Indoor Market 2019) holds weekly food and craft markets, and a variety of cultural events such as Chinese New Year. The Friday variety market dates back to 1604, and is home to 300 market stalls selling everything from fish (there are 23 fish stalls), to fruit and vegetables, to antiques, books and clothes. The Saturday market offers a huge range of local and specialty foods as well as crafts, flowers, plants and local photography, pottery, glass and metal work, while the Sunday market is a mixture of the Friday and Saturday markets with a special emphasis on local arts and crafts, with live music from local bands. Cork has the English Market and Limerick … [Read more...] about Why doesn’t Dublin have a proper food market?
Driving to meet former TD Mary White at the eco-tourism business she now runs with husband Robert beneath the Blackstairs Mountains, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. Was this a worthy-but-woolly initiative I would applaud but have little interest in returning to? Or could it have the spark of something special? "People are exhausted when they come here," Mary said, welcoming me to Blackstairs Eco Trails at the couple's home near Borris, Co Carlow. "They are so stressed out. But they get a great night's sleep. We live in busy cities. We need to get away." I could relate to that. So, it turns out, could Mary and Robert. In a former life, she was a Green Party TD; he ran a busy book-selling business in Dublin. When Mary lost her seat in 2011, they began building an eco-tourism business around their home, an old rectory set beneath the Blackstairs. They offer guided walks with afternoon tea (from €35). A barn dating from 1831 has been converted with eco-friendly insulation, … [Read more...] about Pól Ó Conghaile: The small Irish hideaway that could teach big hotels a lesson