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Hard times for Black Sea beauty

BRIAN OGLE revisits Odessa, Ukraine, feeling the pinch, big-time, from war in the east and economic collapse…

UKRAINE'S beach tourist city on the Black Sea, beautiful tree-lined Odessa, is feeling the pinch - big time! Its residents, restaurateurs and club-owners follow developments in the war in the east - just six hours or so down the road - and try to re-assure themselves that the scourge of Russian-backed separatism could not happen to them.

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Truly Unique And Steeped In History

KIRSTY JOHNSTON escaped to the luxurious world of relaxed grandeur and extrodinary personal service at one of Ireland’s top luxury hotels…

IT’S a three and a half hour drive to Lough Eske Castle – quite long for a one-night stay… but so worth it. I was sceptical about driving that distance for just one night – I mean who wants to do a six-hour round trip for a one-night stay? But I am so glad I did.

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A GETAWAY FOR ALL SEASONS!

A destination to return to again and again, ANGELA TAGGART heads back to County Roscommon for her annual luxury escape…

THE Florida Keys, The Holy Land, the Fjords in Norway. All destinations we’ve been to, and loved – and said we would be back, without doubt, guaranteed, absolutely nailed on. But it never happened. Life sort of gets in the way sometimes… truth is, a great time can lead to great intentions. Fact is, there’s only one destination we keep returning to again, and again, and again. And you don’t even need a boarding pass…That’s because it’s close to home, in more ways than one.

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FIT FOR A LORD - AND HIS LADY!

By ANDREA McVEIGH

I HALF expected Carson the butler to appear out of a side door and offer us brandy, such was the historic opulence of the room we were having dinner in. My husband and I were enjoying the sort of dinner and stately surroundings that the Crawley family of TV’s Downton Abbey would have been used to.

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THE YEAR TO LAND AT GALLIPOLI, TROY - AND ISTANBUL!

Why not combine a trip to the site of the Gallipoli landings with a visit to nearby Troy and an exciting city break in Istanbul…?

FOR the next few years anniversaries of key battles and moments in the First World War will be coming thick and fast. So far the emphasis as been on the Western Front and key regions of Belgium and France.

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