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5 unique wedding venues in Ireland

Destination wedding on your mind? Forget the usual beaches and boathouses, and head to the “Emerald Isle”. The best time to go? – Now! There’s something for everyone, especially since Ireland said a big “Yes” to same-sex marriages today.

From castles and Georgian houses to restored theatres in Dublin city, here are your options:

Kinnitty Castle, County Offaly

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This one’s for that big-fat-glamorous wedding of a lifetime. Treat your guests to a fairy tale wedding at this medieval revival castle sitting on 650 acres of parkland. It’s all drama and fantasy – down to the breathtaking bedrooms.

www.kinnittycastlehotel.com 

Sirius Arts Centre, County Cork

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‘Less is more’ and if you firmly stand by simplicity, there’s beauty to be found in this art centre’s classic white space with handsome wooden floors and an Italianate balcony with picture-postcard views of Cobh – a pretty fishing village nearby.

www.siriusartscentre.ie

Smock Alley, Dublin city

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This restored 17th century theatre in the heart of Dublin city  is perfect for a charming wedding brimming with cultural chic. Expect candlelit banquets, acoustics and ornate surrounds.

www.smockalley.com

Lough Eske, County Donegal

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If 5-star comfort and a stunning coastline to look out for is your definition of a wedding venue, look no further than Lough Eske. The Solís spa and Citrus Reviver here is a blessing, in case of pre-wedding jitters.

www.solishotels.com/lougheskecastle

Rosedale House, County Dublin

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Always dreamed of that royal wedding you see in movies where a huge house and surrounding wooded grounds are comfortably filled with your large wedding party? This Georgian house comes with more – a pretty rose garden for those romantic snaps, bespoke bedrooms and its own private night club! And, all this a stone’s throw away from the sea, a short drive away from Dublin airport and the city centre.

www.rosedale.ie

I’m longing to watch whales: on land. Where to go?

Travel Secrets writer Vikalp Dubey has only one recommendation; book your tickets to South Africa for this one.

Every year, end of September, southern right whales wash ashore, and the sleepy little town of Hermanus celebrates this with a festival.

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“Southern right” is a variety of stocky, black-bodied baleen whales with no dorsal fins.

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Image: http://www.dehoopcollection.com/

The whales are always the star performers at the Festival, but key roles are also played by musicians, crafters, sports celebrities and thousands of people celebrating Spring.

Cool fact: In 2005 Zakes Mda wrote the novel The Whale Caller in which the Whale Crier of Hermanus is the main character, a man who gets enthralled by a Southern right whale he names Sharisha. (Thanks, Wikipedia!)

Carnival + Circus + Jazz: 3 June Delights in Las Vegas!

Travelling to Las Vegas this June? Take a break from the limo rides around town and casino madness – Check out these 3 exciting events, sure to add more glamour and fun to your holiday.

Insomniac Electric Daisy Carnival 2015

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Not just another music festival – new sounds, state-of-the-art lighting design, large-scale art installations, interactive circus and theatrical performances, plus audience participation is big at Insomniac’s premier annual event.

Venue : Las Vegas Motor Speedway Motorsports Complex,7000 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV

Show Dates: June 19, 2015 – June 21, 2015

Show Times: 6pm – 6am

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

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A one of a kind Circus show, deservedly called the “Greatest Show On Earth”. Mongolian riders send arrows flying across the arena sky –  an all-female troupe performing a series of tricks and maneuvers atop elegant two-hump camels, unbelievable freestyle BMX riders and free running tumblers show off their crazy-stunts while acrobats leap through a 15ft. transparent tower, personal introductions to performing pachyderms – and these are just three acts. Join the circus and you’ll see more. Excited? It’s okay if you squeal like a child!

Venue : Thomas & Mack Center,4505 S Maryland Pkwy,Las Vegas, NV

Show Dates: June 11, 2015 – June 14, 2015

Show Times: Thu & Fri 7pm; Sat 11am, 3pm & 7pm; Sun 1pm & 5pm

More info here

Celebrating The Era of Jazz

UntitledTired after all that partying and circus fun? Now, sit back and relax with some beautiful Jazz for company. The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater is presenting a special performance celebrating the music and life of the legendary Ella Fitzgerald. The evening’s program will include “Mood Azul,” “Take 5,” “Simply Ella” and “Feeling Good,” a very special duet performed by Las Vegas’ headliner of the Year Clint Holmes and powerhouse vocalist Reva Rice from Vegas!

Venue: Reynolds Hall, 361 Symphony Park Ave,Las Vegas, NV

Show Dates: June 11, 2015

Show Times: 7:30pm

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