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15 Sep 2017

700,000 Australians to see the Banner County on the ‘small screen’

Matchmaker Willie Daly set to ‘star’ in popular Australian TV show

Images of Lisdoonvarna and Co Clare 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 today (Friday, 15 September) and will feature an interview with matchmaker Willie Daly, as well as footage of the spectacular Co Clare scenery. Filming took place here last autumn and was supported by Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.

The Living Room is presented by Dr Chris Brown – an Australian veterinarian, TV personality and author, famously known as the ‘Bondi Vet’. In tomorrow’s episode, viewers will see Dr Chris chat with matchmaker Willie Daly in the famous Matchmaker Bar in Lisdoonvarna. Dr Chris and his team also visited the Cliffs of Moher during their time here. They enjoyed dinner in the Roadside Tavern and an overnight stay in the Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna.

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 Co Clare. With an audience of about 700,000 viewers per episode, it’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase Lisdoonvarna and Co Clare to a huge Australian audience. TV and film are recognised as strong influencers on prospective visitors 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.”
  Dr Chris Brown, presenter of The Living Room (right), and matchmaker Willie Daly, during filming in Lisdoonvarna.

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 281,000 people across the island.
  • In 2016, we welcomed approximately 10.3 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €5.3 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted 19.37 million visitors in 2016.