Good timing
Travel planner website Tripit has introduced a new feature in its app, with up-to-the-minute updates on security check wait times. Travellers can log on and see what time they should leave their destination to arrive at the airport as well as how long they can expect to queue at security gates. Download the app now at tripit.com. 

Grand openings
The recently reopened Adare Manor is set to launch its Carriage House this spring, a one-storey building housing a bar, restaurant, lounge and private dining room, as well as a glazed terrace and outdoor cigar lounge. The new restaurant, designed by David Collins Studio, will host functions as well as serve lunchtime and evening meals and boasts as decadent an interior as the manor, with floor-to-ceiling hand-painted artwork, velvet upholstery and an enormous antique chandelier. Meanwhile, Lyrath Estate in Co Kilkenny also welcomes a new eatery this month with the opening of its 120-seater casual dining bistro, The Grill. For more visit adaremanor.com and lyrath.com. 

Adare Manor will launch Carriage House this spring, a one-storey building housing a bar, restaurant, lounge and private dining room

Agent accolades 
Manning Travel and Tour America have been crowned Travel Agencies of the Year at the annual Irish Travel Industry Awards in association with Aer Lingus. Attended by more than 500 travel and tourism professionals from around the world, both companies were praised for their stand-out customer service, expertise and variety of travel options available to customers. For a full list of this year’s winners, visit irishtravelindustryawards.com. 

Suite stay
Celebrating all things amour this February, the Dean hotel in Dublin is offering two sweet deals. Its Whole Lotta’ Love package includes prosecco, a box of Butlers Irish chocolates, three-course dinner at Sophie’s, its rooftop restaurant, breakfast the following morning and a late check out from €298 per room. Or, upgrade to a suite with its Love, Sweet Love package from €450 per room. Available for stays between Sunday to Thursday, February 11th to 16th; deandublin.ie. 

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