Scotland’s premier winter music festival and the world’s largest traditional and roots music festival, Celtic Connections, took place in Glasgow recently and representatives from Armagh’s William Kennedy Piping Festival and Belfast’s Féile an Phobail joined with Tourism Ireland to showcase some of the music and culture of Northern Ireland.
Lawrence Bate, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Britain, said: “The Celtic Connections festival provided us with a wonderful opportunity to showcase our festivals and events to a wide audience of potential Scottish holidaymakers. Scotland is a key market for visitors to Northern Ireland and 2010 is the year when Tourism Ireland, with support from the Northern Ireland industry, will return the market to growth. We have a strong promotional programme in place for Scotland for 2010, with compelling messages that highlight the great things to do and see here and the excellent sterling offers from Northern Ireland industry partners.”
Adding to the musical atmosphere on the steps of Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall during the Celtic Connections festival are (l-r) Elaine Murray, Tourism Ireland; Brian and Eithne Vallely from the William Kennedy Piping Festival; and Seán Paul O'Hare, Féile an Phobail Belfast.
Clair Balmer/Elaine Moore, Tourism Ireland
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