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Ireland 2013 -- The Year of the Gathering

Feb. 20, 2013 |

By Don & Maureen Anderson – Owners of the Cruise Store There is no better time to plan that trip to the Emerald Isle than now, as 2013 has been declared the year of "The Gathering". Families of Irish descent and people who just have a genuine interest and love for Ireland are invited to this year-round, country-wide event that has been described by Tourism Ireland as "larger and more ambitious than anything we've done before". There will be clan gatherings, festivals, special sporting events, music and concerts taking place all across the country, all year long. There is so much to do and enjoy in Ireland. Whether you pub crawl in Dublin, catch a Rugby match in Cork, or play the Old Course in Ballybunion, the fondest memories will be the local people you meet. They are always so welcoming, and that Irish wit – priceless. There are many different ways to vacation in Ireland. For those that want flexibility to see things on their own time and schedule, The Cruise Store (YES, we sell much more than cruises) offers self-drive Bed and Breakfast or hotel stay options. Car rental is included, along with vouchers for each night of your stay. You can reserve your room ahead of time, or wing it when you arrive. We highly suggest booking at least your first and last night in advance, and in the peak season, it is usually best to book every night before you leave. The cars are much smaller than a typical car in the US, and you drive on the opposite side of the street, some of which can be very narrow. Having done this a few years ago for a golf vacation, we can offer you some great practical advice. Another popular way is to choose one of the myriad of escorted tours that are offered. No need to be concerned about driving, plus the driver typically is your tour guide and will offer greater local knowledge and points of interest that is often missed on a self-drive trip. Another plus is you can now have that extra pint at the local pub with no concerns of driving. Getting to Ireland is easy with direct flights from Logan, but it all begins with a call to a Cruise Store vacation planner. And with the Cruise Store, you will get the best Ireland vacation and not a bunch of Blarney. The Cruise Store is next to the Dunkin Donuts at 55 Maple Street, East Longmeadow. Call us at 413-525-9001 or email us at sales@cruisestore.com. Happy St. Patrick's Day, Slàinte! Sponsored by The Cruise Store 55 Maple Street, East Longmeadow • 413-525-9001 CruiseStore.com

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