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23 Aug 2012

Creators of viral Ireland video to make return visit

Tourism Ireland invites Canadian couple behind viral video to Ireland

The Canadian couple who created a viral video hit during their recent honeymoon in Ireland – which has been seen online by almost 140,000 people around the world – will make a return visit to Ireland, courtesy of Tourism Ireland and Air Canada rouge.

Stephen and Shannon Parker, makers and stars of the viral video ‘A Fortnight Plus Half – An Ireland Adventure’, have been invited by Tourism Ireland and Air Canada rouge to return here to continue their Ireland adventure. The video, recorded in just under three weeks during Stephen and Shannon’s honeymoon in Ireland in May, has been viewed almost 140,000 times since it was first posted online, with people from Ireland, Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa – and even as far away as Botswana – going online to watch their lauded 19-minute travel diary.

The couple recorded over 16 hours of footage in Ireland during their three-week trip; then edited it to create a wonderful montage that quickly went viral. The end result is a 19-minute video documenting their 2,653-km journey around the island – taking in Dublin, Belfast, as well as counties Antrim, Derry, Galway, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Waterford, Tipperary and Wicklow. It features fabulous footage of architecture; spectacular coastline, waterfalls and mountains; traditional music sessions; and even lots of sheep running on the road alongside their car! It also incorporates footage of mouth-watering food – including lots of seafood (and oyster-tasting), Irish cheeses, brown bread and a full Irish breakfast! The challenge of navigating in a foreign country and driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road also features!

Tourism Ireland has been sharing the video through its social media platforms – including through Facebook and Twitter. Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “We are delighted to invite Stephen and Shannon to Ireland, to express our sincere thanks to them for sharing their Ireland honeymoon video online. Their video is a superb showcase of the island of Ireland – from the dramatic beauty of places like the Giant’s Causeway and Connemara National Park, to the rich history of our heritage properties like Dunluce Castle and Dunguaire Castle – which also manages to convey the friendliness and the warm welcome people receive when they come here. It’s a fantastic compilation of some of the very best things to do on holiday in Ireland, which will surely inspire other travellers around the world to come and experience the destination for themselves.”

Both from Toronto, Stephen and Shannon’s families have strong connections with the island of Ireland and can trace their ancestors back here. Shannon’s family come from Limavady in Northern Ireland, while Stephen’s hail from Dublin. As seen in the video, the pair visited Shannon’s family’s farm during their honeymoon; however, Stephen hasn’t yet explored his family heritage. Tourism Ireland will help Stephen trace his roots here, in advance of the couple’s next visit to the island of Ireland.

Click here to view Stephen and Shannon’s video.