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07 Apr 2017

Tourism Ireland CEO pays a visit to Seamus Heaney HomePlace

Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons enjoyed a visit to the Seamus Heaney Homeplace in Bellaghy this week, where he met with Brian McCormick, Centre Manager, and with Tony McCance, Head of Culture and Arts for the Mid Ulster District Council.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “This was my first visit to the Seamus Heaney HomePlace and I was really impressed with how it has captured the Heaney spirit so well. I can see why there has been such an overwhelming positive reaction to the centre and I was delighted to hear that visitor numbers are well above target, with over 27,000 visitors in the first six months alone. Tourism Ireland looks forward to playing its part in helping to deliver many more international visitors in the months and years ahead.”

Promoting the Seamus Heaney HomePlace around the world is very much part of Tourism Ireland’s busy programme of activity this spring, to continue to grow overseas visitor numbers to Northern Ireland in 2017. 
  Brian McCormick, Seamus Heaney HomePlace; Aubrey Irwin and Niall Gibbons, both Tourism Ireland; and Tony McCance, Mid Ulster District Council.

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is responsible for in excess of 5.2% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 43,000 jobs.
  • In 2016, we welcomed approximately 2.1 million overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of about £527 million. 
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted about 19.37 million visitors in 2016.