Co Clare Says ‘Bienvenue’ to French Students

18 May 2011

Twenty-seven French students, from the Lycée Eugène Woillez in Montreuil-sur-Mer (Northern France), arrived in Co Clare last week.  The students were the lucky winners of a competition organised by Tourism Ireland, which saw over 1,100 students from 150 different schools around France take part in a tourism project about the Cliffs of Moher, to be in with a chance to win a class trip to Co Clare.

While they are here, the students enjoyed a fun afternoon of hurling and Irish dancing with the transition year class of St Flannan’s in Ennis.  They also had the chance to visit some of the top visitor attractions in this part of Ireland, including the Cliffs of Moher, Craggaunowen, the Aillwee Caves, Bunratty Folk Park and the Burren; and they tried their hand at surfing in Lahinch.  Arrangements for the group’s visit were put in place by Tourism Ireland in France in conjunction with Shannon Development.

Billy Condon, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Southern Europe, said: “We are delighted to welcome the students of Lycée Eugène Woillez to Co Clare.  They were certainly deserving winners of our Cliffs of Moher project, which attracted a huge response from schools right around France.  Tourism Ireland has been working hard to promote Co Clare and the island of Ireland in France as an ideal destination for school group trips.  We know that this part of Ireland has much that appeals to the teachers and their students, including dramatic scenery and coastline, rich culture and heritage and, above all, friendly and welcoming people.”

The objective of the Tourism Ireland schools promotion was to raise awareness of Co Clare as an ideal destination for French school trips and to encourage the teachers to include this part of Ireland in their future itineraries.

                                                                                                       French students, the lucky winners of a competition organised by Tourism Ireland in France, at the Cliffs of Moher with ‘Benny the Busker’ (left); and with Orla Caffrey and Serge Fonseca, both Tourism Ireland France, and Katherine Webster, Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience (right).


Further media information:
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland  t:  01 476 3493/ 087 685 9027

Notes to Editors:
• Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
• Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 200,000 people.
• Approximately 6.9 million overseas visitors came to the island of Ireland in 2010, delivering revenue of approximately €3 billion.  Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is; there are 42 different websites, providing information in 14 different languages covering every continent.  In 2010 attracted almost 12 million unique visitors.


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