Representing various publications – including British magazines Trout Fisherman and Sea Angler, and H20, an Italian fishing magazine which is circulated to fishing lodges and fisheries all over the world – Russell Symons was here as a guest of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland, to sample the variety and quality of angling available here, for articles he is writing about fishing breaks in Mayo and the west of Ireland. During his visit, he spent time fishing on Carrowmore Lake, Lough Furnace and Lough Beltra. He stayed at Hillcrest House B&B in Bangor Erris.
Vanessa Markey, Tourism Ireland’s head of Great Britain, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite journalist Russell Symons to come to Mayo and Ireland. He was really impressed by the quality of the angling on offer here, the wonderful scenery and the friendliness of the people he met. Visits by journalists such as this are extremely important, helping to spread the good news about Mayo and the island of Ireland. The articles he will write will be read by thousands of potential angling visitors in GB and other countries around the world.”
British angling journalist Russell Symons with his first fish of the day on Carrowmore Lake, Co Mayo.
Further media information:
Jasmine O’Brien, Tourism Ireland
Tel: 01-476 3425
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.
• In 2011, approximately 7.3 million overseas visitors came to the island of Ireland (+4% on 2010), delivering revenue of approximately €3.4 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.discoverireland.com; there are 42 different websites, providing information in 14 different languages covering every continent. In 2011, discoverireland.com attracted almost 12 million unique visitors.