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16 Oct 2015

Next stop Galway! Top travel vloggers check out Inis Mór, Connemara, Galway city and Kilcolgan

Vagabrothers create nine online films to showcase Ireland

Popular travel vloggers (or video bloggers) the Vagabrothers have released another two new online videos this week – one highlighting the Aran Islands, Spiddal and Galway, called ‘Epic Cliff Jump ا Aran Islands’; and one showcasing Kilcolgan and “Galway’s famous oyster culture”, called “Oyster Feast in Galway”. The films are the third and fourth in a series of nine videos, or vlogs, which the vloggers will publish over the coming weeks.

Last month, Tourism Ireland commissioned the Vagabrothers to produce a series of nine videos, or vlogs, to showcase some of our top visitor attractions and experiences and highlight a number of key themes – including the Wild Atlantic Way. To view their third film, ‘Epic Cliff Jump ا Aran Islands’, click here.


In this film, viewers see the Vagabrothers fly to Inis Mór, where they meet Cyril O’Flaherty of Aran Walking Tours. They travel around the island and we see them try a dive at Poll na bPeist! The brothers continue to Spiddal and the Spiddal Craft Village, where they meet basket-maker Ciaran Hogan. Last stop of the day is Galway city, including a delicious dinner at Kai Café and Restaurant and a traditional music session in The Crane Bar.

To view the fourth film, click here.


Viewers see the Vagabrothers visit The Tweed Project, where they meet Aoibheann MacNamara. Then it is on to Kilcolgan, where the brothers enjoy some delicious seafood in Moran’s of the Weir and check out the oyster beds.

Over the coming weeks, the series of films will be shared by the brothers on YouTube (they have 57,000+ subscribers). Marko and Alex are also sharing details of their Irish trip with their 22,000 followers on Instagram, 17,000 fans on Facebook and their 7,500 Twitter followers (@vagabrothers).

Tourism Ireland undertakes a busy publicity programme around the world each year to raise the profile of the island of Ireland – and visits by journalists and social influencers like bloggers and vloggers are a key element of that programme. Siobhán McManamy, Tourism Ireland’s head of co-operative marketing, said: “The Vagabrothers have documented their entire Irish visit online and will be releasing five other vlogs over the coming weeks, which will be seen and shared by their online followers round the world – inspiring those followers and travellers to come and sample the destination for themselves. Their social media accounts are hugely popular, so their visit is a really good opportunity to showcase Galway and Ireland.”

The Vagabrothers are brothers Marko and Alex Ayling from California, vloggers (or video bloggers) who describe themselves as “backpackers and bloggers on a mission to discover the world by meeting with other young people”. Their claim to fame is that they won a ‘Biggest, Baddest Bucket List’ travel video competition, run by global travel website Mydestination.com, in 2014.

 

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 2014, we welcomed 8.4 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of €4.1 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.Ireland.com, available in ten different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world. In 2014, Ireland.com attracted about 14.25 million visitors.

 

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