Word reached us recently that Christmas hotel breaks - as in residential packages, with overnight stays running from Christmas Eve to St Stephen's Day - had sold out at Harvey's Point in Co. Donegal. It won't be long before others follow suit. Plus, there are less than 100 days to go! Don't panic. Before you break out in a sweat, we've outlined your options for skipping the wash-up and seasonal stress with a hotel break below. Packages look pricey, but they include everything from meals to mulled wine and mince piece, Santa visits and live entertainment. Beset of luck - and be sure to compare like with like. Take 3: Christmas in a castleBallynahinch Castle (pictured) is a Victorian country house with beautiful Connemara views - cosy up for a three-night break from €870pp sharing a classic room. 095 31006; ballynahinch-castle.com. Dromoland Castle could be your home away from home this Christmas, with special curated two-night packages available from €1,180pp. 061 … [Read more...] about 25 Christmas hotel breaks in Ireland: Skip the stress with our 2018 guide!
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PETER Andre chucked his beloved guitars in a skip today - sparking rumours he's quit music. The Mysterious Girl singer was seen at his local tip with a bin full of pizza boxes and battered guitar cases that had clearly seen better days. Staff helped Peter, 45, with his things but he failed to raise a smile as he parted ways with the instruments. Wearing a vest and shorts and shielding his face with a blue cap, he emptied the boot of his car after a spring clean. Peter is trying to make it in Hollywood and seemingly has no need to hold on to his old guitars. Katie Price's ex husband hasn't released an album since 2015 - and it was a Christmas album of covers. After revealing he'd taken £85-a-time lessons, the pop star nabbed himself a part in the new Thomas The Tank Engine movie. He revealed to The Sun: “You learn so much within minutes. "They’re incredible lessons. “I hope I can keep progressing in the voiceover world.” Peter will star … [Read more...] about Peter Andre throws his guitar in a skip after launching hollywood career
The force is strong with Star Wars super-fan Mark Donald after he built a life-size spacecraft from the movie series – in his garden shed. The 42-year-old dad of two spent nearly £700 making the model – a 10ft replica of a speeder bike, which has proved a hit with daughters Nicole, eight, and Caitlyn, five. And as the postage for one of their favourite droids, BB-8, was going to cost £800 alone, he decided to make that too. He constructed the two models out of odd and ends, including plywood, pipes, a Christmas tree base and bauble, and a metal ashtray. Mark, a mess hand at RAF Kinloss, said: “I’m really chuffed with them. It took three months to build the speeder bike. I work eight hours a day and I’d come home and sometimes skip supper and spend another five hours out in the log cabin.” Mark has spent £14,000 on costumes and memorabilia and has watched the Star Wars films hundreds of times, having been a fan since he was four. … [Read more...] about Star Wars fanatic creates life-sized speeder bike in his garden shed
To report corrections & clarifications, contact: Please indicate whether you're responding to content online or in the newspaper. The following corrections & clarifications have been published on stories produced by USA TODAY's newsroom: April 2018 News: A previous version of this story misstated Elliot Rodger's weapons. He used both a knife and a gun. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/03/31/masculinity-traditional-toxic-trump-mens-rights/99830694/ Video: A previous version of this video misstated the number of Americans living with unhealthful levels of pollution. https://www.usatoday.com/media/cinematic/video/33952141/8-of-americas-10-most-ozone-polluted-cities-are-in-this-state/ Opinion: Because of an editing error, a headline in an earlier version of this column incorrectly described Amy Wax's job status. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/20/black-students-law-school-amy-wax-column/510510002/ … [Read more...] about Corrections & Clarifications
United Airlines has had a rough couple of years. For most Americans, the airline's recent history has made it one to avoid: the violent removal of passenger David Dao last year, the high-profile death of a dog last month in an overhead compartment, and abysmal consumer-satisfaction ratings over the past several years. That is before you get into passengers' increasing discontent with the airline's baggage fees, the "Basic Economy" ticket class, and shrinking seats, leading Wired magazine to call United the "industry leader in the abandonment of basic decency." Read more United gives woman $10,000 after taking her off overbooked flight 'He was already completely dead': Owner of dog killed on flight speaks United Airlines is facing an animal cruelty investigation United Airlines flies family's pet dog to Japan by mistake It all made me a bit nervous when I was looking for a flight from New York to Hong Kong days before I needed to leave. While Cathay Pacific and United … [Read more...] about I flew 16 hours nonstop in economy class on one of the world’s busiest international routes — here’s what it was like