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THE first ever Irish music and dance cruise of the Mediterranean will take place in September.

The gala event will feature the MV Discovery, the very same ship that featured in the American television series of some years ago called the Love Boat.

The Discovery will sail from Harwich on the Essex coast of England on September 17, with port calls at La Coruna (Spain), Tangier (Morocco), Civitavecchia and Livorna (Italy).

Mayo native and former Bord Failte manager in the North of England, Gerry Flynn of Enjoy Travel, who are pioneering the venture, says the cruise is attracting considerable interest in Ireland and Britain and further afield.

"This is a history -making venture and it is the first time ever that a ship has been hired for a Ceili and Country Music cruise in the Mediterranean," said Gerry.

"She can take 700 guests in her 350 cabins. At each port of call, there is a planned series of optional excursions.

"Many who have travelled with us to Ibiza, Spain, Portugal, Italy and other places are again joining us for the craic on the cruise.

Among those who will provide the on board entertainment are Dermot Hegarty, John McNicholl, Johnny Carroll, Seamus Shannon and PJ Murrihy, Michael Cleary and Breege Kelly, Curtis Magee, the Glenside Ceili Band, the Four Courts Ceili Band, Brier Folk Group, Art Supple, Pat Jordan, Danny Webster, Padraig Farrell and Mary O'Brien and the Enjoy Travel Band while a number of other acts will be added over the coming days.

Prices for the 10 day cruise start from l1859 or pounds 1,199 sterling. All the details can be had from Enjoy Travel at 0044-1254692899 or at


CRUISING: The MV Discovery will host leading Irish artists
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2006
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