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A 'taste' of Ireland

** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE **A family leaves Blarney

** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE **A family leaves Blarney Castle in Cork, Irleland, Jan. 29, 2002. Bus tours of Ireland _ from the spectacular vistas of the Ring of Kerry to guided trips along Dublin's River Liffey _ are increasing in popularity. That's no surprise in a country where tourism is a multibillion dollar industry that provides 250,000 jobs and lures 6.5 million annual visitors. (AP photo/John Cogill) Photo Credit: AP Photo/JOHN COGILL

For a sampling of Ireland’s highlights, CIE Tours International offers a four-night “Taste of Ireland” escorted tour, priced from $698 for land only or from $1,217 including roundtrip air fare on Aer Lingus from Kennedy Airport. Departure dates are February 13 through December 4.

The itinerary includes stops in Dublin, Cashel, Blarney, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty.

The price includes hotel accommodations with private bath for four nights; full breakfast daily; four dinners including a medieval banquet and entertainment; Dublin tour with local guide; ferry ride across the Shannon River; escorted sightseeing via luxury motorcoach; and local taxes and gratuities. For more information, go to

AP File Photo of Blarney Castle, a stop on the tour.

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