Pat the Cope Gallagher Launches Earagail Festival in Brussels

01 Jun 2011

MEP Pat The Cope Gallagher hosted the launch of the 2011 Earagail Arts Festival, which took place recently in the European Parliament in Brussels.

Influential travel trade and media contacts from around Belgium were invited by Tourism Ireland in Brussels to attend the launch event.  The guests, who also included the Irish Ambassador to Belgium, Tom Hanney, and people working in the European Parliament, were entertained by Moya Brennan of Clannad.

Danielle Neyts, Tourism Ireland Belgium, said: “Tourism Ireland has a busy promotional programme in place in Belgium throughout 2011, highlighting compelling reasons to visit Ireland, including festivals and events around the island like the Earagail Arts Festival.  We have already communicated details of this year’s festival to our key media contacts here in Belgium and to our database of consumers.  We are emphasising the convenience and value of a holiday on the island of Ireland for Belgian visitors.” 

The annual Earagail Festival takes place across Co Donegal 9-24 July.  The launch event was supported by Tourism Ireland, Bord Bia, Fáilte Ireland North West and Donegal County Council.

                                                                                                                  Pictured at the recent launch of the 2011 Earagail Arts Festival in Brussels, were (l-r) Joan Crawford, Fáilte Ireland North West; Aileen Murray, Tourism Ireland; Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP; Danielle Neyts, Tourism Ireland; and Pauline Sweeney, Donegal Airport.

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Further media information:
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland  t:  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 6.7 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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