Travel Expert and Radio Talk Show Host Stephanie Abrams - Traveling Feet Shownotes
Traveling Feet - January 03, 2009 - Shownotes & Audio Archive

Inside Shelley Berman Comedy Segment, Glasson Hotel and Golf Club in Glasson, Athlone, Ireland, the Algonquin Hotel on 44th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenue in NYC, the Clare Tourism Conference and the Peace Process in Strathaven Northern Ireland.

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Discover the Treasures of Ireland with Radio Show HostJoin Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams on a trip to Ireland in March of 2009. For more information click here.

“Traveling Feet” plays a Shelley Berman comedy segment on airline travel from his 1959 debut album “Inside Shelley Berman”. Shelley Berman continues to actively work in film and television. He has a recurring role on ABC's “Boston Legal” as Judge Robert Sanders and plays Larry David's father on HBO's “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.
Click here to listen to his interview on “Travel with Stephanie Abrams” recorded in 2002.

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Tom Reid, co-owner of the Glasson Hotel and Golf Club located in Glasson, Athlone, Ireland, returns to the show for a second time. He is joined by wife Breda Reid. Initially the couple had used the land the hotel sits on for farming but after producing a series of surpluses in the late 80's they began looking for a new way to use the picturesque property. A high standard of golf was developing in Ireland and the Reids hired Christy Connor Jr., a golfer and golf course architect, to help develop the property. After converting the property to a golf course they took the next step in 2000 and built a hotel comprised of 29 bedrooms. In 2005 they extended it to 65.

Glasson Hotel and Golf Club is extremely close to the city of Athlone. Athlone is literally the heart of Ireland as it is located in the center of the country. Athlone was a garrison town and a popular attraction is the Athlone Castle at its center. On one of the nearby islands the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise was founded by Saint Ciaran. In addition to the monastery the island was the site attracted scholars from around the world making it a very early university.

Because of Athlone's central position, visitors are able to easily travel to the other major cities of Ireland. The hotel itself is situated at a perfect location. The Shannon River flows through the property and the hotel overlooks the Lough Ree. Its rooms are large, airy and colorful. They are intended to feel like a home to provide visitors with optimum comfort.

Tom Reid is Ireland's past International President of SKAL, an important organization for travel professional worldwide. Breda Reid is current Chapter President for the Lakewood Chapter of SKAL.

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Fun Facts

Clonmacnoise is a monastic settlement with no physical proof that monks lived there. Most of the ruins (none of which are living quarters) date from the 12th century, after the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland. The site also endured three centuries of Viking raids.

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Tom Reid, Co-owner, Glasson Hotel & Golf Club, Glasson, Co. Westmeath, Ireland, and Past National President of SKAL Repulbic of Ireland.

Breda Reid, Co-owner, Glasson Hotel & Golf Club, Glasson, Co. Westmeath, Ireland, and President of the Ireland Lakelands Chapter of SKAL.

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“Traveling Feet” will be broadcasting from New York City, one of the most overwhelming cities in the world, alongside the New York Times Travel Show. Tune in on Saturday February 7, 2009 from 11-1pm EST to hear “Traveling Feet” broadcast live from the show. On Sunday February 8, 2009 from 6-9pm “Travel with Stephanie Abrams” will broadcast live from the Algonquin Hotel.

The charming and historic Algonquin Hotel is centrally located in Manhattan on 44th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues at “the heart of the heart” of New York. Partly because of its age, the Algonquin has large soaking tubs in each of its rooms. One special amenity is the bubble bath that the hotel provides. The hotel is a block and a half from Times Square and in the center of the theater district. It is the most conveniently located hotel for NYC tourists.

The Algonquin is a one of a kind experience and affordable for what it offers. The average price for a room is around $250 USD depending on rates and availability.
There are 174 guest rooms, 24 of which are suites, and all of which were updated and renovated in 2008. A relevant historical event that occurred at the hotel from 1919 through the early thirties is the Algonquin Round Table. It was a literary round table comprised of people employed in media and the arts. Notable members are writer Dorothy Parker, humorist and actor Robert Benchley, columnist Heywood Broun, comedic actor Harpo Marx and many more. Yet another popular attraction of the hotel is the Oak Room Supper Club, a legendary supper club that provides great sounds of the American songbook and has launched the musical careers of many performers.

Find more information at or call 212-419-9331.

Clare Tourism Conference guest, Liam Morrison, joins “Traveling Feet” to discuss the Strathaven area of Northern Ireland. In researching people from the district he discovered that John Dunlap, American printer of the Declaration of Independence, was born there. President Woodrow Wilson's family was also from Strathaven.

Liam is currently a member of the Shannon Development Association in South Sligo in the Republic of Ireland. His organization helps work on the peace process in Northern Ireland. Members came up with the idea to have those involved with the cause donate their ties to symbolize the metaphorical linking of ties between disparate groups. The organization has created an 8 by 8 foot tapestry with the ties they received. One notable donor, Nobel Peace Prize Winner John Hume, was interviewed on “Traveling Feet” in April of 2007.

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Liam Morrison brings the tapestry to the Clare Tourism Conference to show Clare Tourism Council Chairperson and Spokesman Flan Garvey. Garvey is a member of Shannon Development Tourism Forum and an early supporter of the project.
It is the first tapestry created to support the peace process.

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Fun Facts

The Algonquin Round Table only collaborated together on one successful project. The group created “No Sirree!”, a production that helped make Robert Benchley famous.

Guests Include:

Gary Budge, General Manager, Algonquin Hotel, New York City.

Liam Morrison, Former Director of Strathaven Council, Strathaven, Ireland.

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