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Booking Air Travel to Ireland in 2008

Now that the Vacation Tour of Ireland is now organized and ready to go, I have started looking at how much it will cost to fly to Ireland. While the tour includes all housing and food, it does not include air travel.

One nice thing about the CIE tour last year was that they had a set price for everyone who wanted to fly to Ireland as a group. I am currently looking into group rates. Soif you want to fly with us, bookmark this page right now (Ctrl-D). I'll post air travel tips here.

In the meantime, I'm gonna use the info from last year as a base.
  1. Round trip flights between JFK/DUB and SNN/JFK.
  2. Airfare $850 (this includes Airport departure taxes)
  3. To utilize these rates, the full airfare payment must be received by 65 days prior to departure. Otherwise it may be subject to higher rate.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, September 27, 2007
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The Bards' 2008 Tour of Ireland Itinerary Is Now Online

The Brobdingnagian Bards Vacation Tour of Ireland for 2008 is now online. Here are some of the quick details, but read the whole thing... It's amazing!
  • Transport by luxury motorcoach with a driver/guide (one man) for 8 days.
  • ALL meals included.
  • Hotel accommodation based on twin bedded rooms with private bath as listed opposite for 8 nights.
  • Full breakfasts (8).
  • Table d'hôte dinners (7). (advance special diet requests, no problem)
  • Dinner and traditional ceili entertainment at Kiloran's Tobercurry, Co. Sligo
  • Passage on the Tarbert Ferry across the Shannon
  • Visits and any admission fees to:
    • Durrow Castle, Co. Laoise (morning coffee stop)
    • Geoff's Pub, Castlemagner, Co. Cork (lunch and music stop)
    • Gougane Barra monastic site and forest park
    • Bantry Bay House, Gardens & Armarda Center
    • Music evening in Kenmare, Co. Kerry
    • Ancient sites of Beara Peninsula, stone circles and ogham stone
    • Brigit's Garden, Co. Galway (make your own Brigid's Cross here)
    • Hennigan's Heritage Center, Co. Mayo with storyteller Tom Hennigan
    • Carrowkeel Cairns, 6000 year old passage cairns
    • Shuttle to take you up the mountains to the Carrowkeel cairns
    • Music and more from Carrowcrory Traditional Cottage
    • Shannon Pot (beautiful spring well source of the Shannon River
    • Folk Crafts, Drama and Dance Workshop by Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh
    • Tara Hill, Co. Meath
  • Hotel porterage, service charges and Irish government VAT taxes.
Plus, you're gonna have lots of music from the Brobdingnagian Bards.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, September 24, 2007
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Bards Video on The Signal

I haven't yet watched it, but you can see us performing live on The Signal podcast at DragonCon where we played a couple o'songs. Les Howard of the podcasts says it is "Very shiny!"


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Saturday, September 22, 2007
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It's nearly time for MiddleFaire. Located in Hillsboro, Texas, just South of Dallas, this small faire is in its second year and our second year performing there. Though there's a small change to the original schedule. Andrew won't be able to make it on the first weekend. So Marc will be performing solo. But come second weekend, we will return with full bardic goodness.

Weekends, Oct 6-7 and 13-14, 2007
8581 SH 171
Hillsboro, TX 76645
Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Kids (6-12), Free Children (0-5)
Time: 11 AM to Dusk Saturday, 11 AM to Dusk Sunday
Middlefaire is located at the SW corner of County Road 1458 and State Highway 171.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, September 17, 2007
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Brobdingnagian Bards Featured on The Signal Firefly Podcast

Some of you may know that I am a HUGE Firefly fan. I admit it. I watch a few episodes of the TV show or movie at least once a week. I bought the Collector's Edition with the hope that we'll get a second movie. I play firefly music by the Bedlam Bards in my podcasts. And one of my favorite podcasts of all is The Signal.

The Signal is a podcast about Firefly and Serenity. It has all the latest news and fun tidbits that make me watch the show even more. I'm a huge fan. And oddly enough, two of the hosts Les and Kari are fans of the Brobdingnagian Bards. This year at DragonCon, we finally got our shot to perform on The Signal.

While Andrew and I were in Ireland, I got an email from someone telling me about the Sing A Song for Saffron Contest. The idea was to write a song about Saffron, aka YoSaffBridge, from the TV show. I've been wanting to write a song for Firefly since the show came out, but nothing came to me. But there I was, in Ireland, and a melody popped into my head and I started writing. I got home, made a recording, and sent it off to the competition. A few weeks later, I learned I won "Best Filk Song" in the competition. I just received a couple o'shiny prizes in the mail today.

The song is called "She Said Her Name Was Saffron". And thanks to that song, Andrew and I were invited to perform on The Signal. The DragonCon special was posted live today. Go hear my new song.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, September 12, 2007
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