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11 Nov 2013

Germans gather on ‘die grüne Insel’ (the green island!)

Tourism Ireland welcomes Bavarian group for their special Gathering in Ireland

Fifty Bavarian visitors arrived in Ireland recently for their very own special ‘Gathering’. Paul Daly – chairman of the Irish Bayrisch Society in Munich – decided to organise the visit in 2013, as this is the year of the Gathering. 

The German group – which included five musicians – stayed – visited Dublin, Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford and Cork. Zoë Redmond, Tourism Ireland’s manager for Central Europe, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted that the Irish Bayrisch Society chose to visit Ireland in this special year of the Gathering. They had a wonderful time here and were extremely impressed by the spectacular scenery, our rich heritage, and especially by the hospitality and friendliness of the people they met

“Germany is an extremely important market for tourism to the island of Ireland and 2013 is shaping up to be a record year – with the latest CSO figures, from July to September, showing German visitor numbers up +6.8% on the same three-month period last year. Since last year, the Gathering has been a focus of Tourism Ireland’s promotions, to make Ireland a ‘must visit’ choice for a holiday in 2013, for both the Diaspora and non-Diaspora around Germany.”