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TRAVEL LOG

March 22, 1992

Heritage centers part of Irish festival

It's a year to go home to Ireland. For those with roots in the Emerald Isle, there isn't a better year to head for Ireland:The Irish Homecoming Festival will be celebrated in September.

From Cork in the south to Donegal in the north, there not only are major events and clan gatherings planned, but also Irish heritage centers for people who want to trace their roots.

And no matter if you are an O'Flynn, Rafferty, Keating or McCarthy, there will be a clan gathering for you in September. Other homecoming events include military and maritime history programs, sports and annual events such as the Galway races, oyster festivals and the Belfast Folk Festival.

Call (800) 551-FEST for information on Ireland, the celebration and the papers needed to begin a genealogical study -- there is a charge for the research.

For more information on what to see, call (800) 223-6470.

Travelers can find answers to their questions about touring Australia in the new 1992 Destination: Australia guidebook.

The 132-page guide includes information on budget travel, hotel accommodations, rail travel, the climate and how to obtain a visa. In addition, helpful information on car rentals, air passes, festivals and sporting events, camping and backpacking, national parks, beaches and disabled travel in Australia is detailed.

Copies of the guide are available free of charge by calling (800) 888-5116.

March (and April) madness is taking over Kennebunkport, Maine, until April 20. Weekend celebrations will include an Alice in Wonderland tea, a white rabbit treasure hunt, a Presidential Road Race, hayrides and hot-air balloon rides. For information on dining, accommodations or the weekend activities, call (800) 225-0017.

Ships to set sail from Spain to U.S.

More than 300 sailing ships -- including at least 25 of the world's approximately 30 tall ships -- will set sail from Cadiz, Spain, in May in a trans-Atlantic race to San Juan, Puerto Rico, expected to take 25 to 30 days.

The Grand Regatta Columbus '92 fleet will moor in San Juan Harbor June 10-14, then sail past El Morro Fortress before heading for New York. The island's hoteliers are promoting special packages and themed events tied to the regatta and Puerto Rico's quincentennial festivities, actually a two-year celebration with 300 events, since the island wasn't discovered by Columbus until 1493. For information on island-wide packages, call (800) 223-6530.

Reggae event set

Reggae Sunsplash is one of Jamaica's top music events, Aug. 3-8, at Bob Marley Cultural Centre in Montego Bay. Island flight packages start at $799 for six nights. For information, call (800) 426-4570.

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