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24 Aug 2017

700,000 Australians to see Northern Ireland on the ‘small screen’

Game of Thrones filming locations set to ‘star’ in popular Australian TV show

Images of County Down and Northern Ireland will be beamed into the homes of some 700,000 Australians, in an episode of a popular Australian TV show called The Living Room. The show airs on Network Ten tomorrow (Friday, 25 August) and will feature some of our Game of Thrones filming locations. Filming took place here last autumn and was supported by Tourism Ireland and Tourism NI.

The Living Room is presented by Dr Chris Brown, a well-known Australian TV personality and veterinarian, and he took little persuasion to get into the Game of Thrones spirit – dressing in costume and meeting with some of the stars of the show, including the Direwolves, Summer and Grey Wind.

During his time in County Down, Dr Chris also visited Castle Ward, tried his hand at archery at the ‘Winterfell Archery Range’ and experienced a Game of Thrones-themed medieval banquet at The Cuan Guesthouse in Strangford.

Sofia Hansson, Tourism Ireland’s Manager for Australia, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted that Dr Chris and the team from The Living Room chose to film in Northern Ireland. With an audience of about 700,000 viewers per episode, it’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland and our Game of Thrones connections to a wide audience of GoT fans and prospective visitors. TV and film are recognised as strong influencers for prospective holidaymakers and Tourism Ireland regularly works with TV and production companies around the world, to facilitate the making of travel and lifestyle programmes and films around the island of Ireland.

“With series 7 of the Game of Thrones coming to a close, it’s excellent timing that this special Northern Ireland episode of The Living Room will air tomorrow. It helps us to continue to shine a spotlight on Northern Ireland and the wonderful things for Australians to see and do on holidays here.”

  Dr Chris Brown, during filming for The Living Room at Castle Ward.

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 61,300 jobs.
  • In 2016, we welcomed a record 2.1 million overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of over £543 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.

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