Ed Kelly, president of American Express Publishing Corporation, was presented with his Certificate of Irish Heritage in New York by Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland. The certificate is an acknowledgement by the Irish Government of an individual’s historic link with Ireland.
Ed Kelly’s ancestors hail from Sligo. Receiving the certificate, Mr Kelly said: “I’m proud to be Irish and curious to learn more about my ancestry and Sligo connection. This Certificate of Irish Heritage will be proudly displayed and admired in the Kelly home.”
Tourism Ireland recently announced that 2013 is to be Ireland’s ‘Family History Year’, in a bid to encourage people in the US, and elsewhere around the world, to find out more about their Irish ancestry. Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland’s CEO, said: “With an estimated 70 million people across the world claiming links or affiliations with the island of Ireland, Tourism Ireland is actively reaching out to the Diaspora in this special year of The Gathering Ireland. We are inviting them to visit Ireland, learn more about their heritage and explore the places their ancestors came from. For those with a deeper interest in their ancestry, there are more talks, seminars and clan gathering taking place in 2013 than ever before. Our message to the Diaspora in the United States, and throughout the world, is that there has never been a better year to visit Ireland, to trace their ancestry and learn more about their Irish roots.”
Ed Kelly, president of American Express Publishing Corporation (second left), was presented with his Certificate of Irish Heritage by Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland (second right); also pictured are Alison Metcalfe and Joe Byrne, both Tourism Ireland.
Further media information:
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland
Tel: 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.
• In 2012, an estimated 7.27 million overseas visitors came to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of approximately €3.51 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, currently rolling out in 11 different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world.
• ‘The Gathering Ireland 2013’ is Ireland’s biggest ever tourism initiative, consisting of a year-long programme of festivals, events and gatherings in every part of the country; Tourism Ireland has an extensive programme of promotions under way to highlight ‘The Gathering Ireland 2013’ around the world, working closely with the ‘Gathering’ project team.