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20 Feb 2018

New Tourism Ireland video shows potential visitors why Ireland can make you smile in springtime!

Springtime is foaling time at the Irish National Stud

A lot of wonderful things happen in Ireland in spring and Tourism Ireland’s latest video is about something very special which happens at the Irish National Stud in Kildare every year from February until June. 

Those graceful racehorses whose thundering hooves have pounded across these plains for centuries … well, life begins for many of these incredible animals at the Irish National Stud. In fact, more than 250 foals are born at the Irish National Stud between February and June each year. Tourism Ireland’s latest video showcases these perky youngsters as they find their feet – highlighting to potential visitors yet another great reason to visit the island of Ireland in the springtime. 

The film is being promoted to potential visitors and fans of Ireland through Tourism Ireland’s social platforms, including Facebook (around 4.2 million fans worldwide), Twitter (476,000 followers) and on YouTube

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 2017, we welcomed approximately 10.65 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €5.78 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 19.3 million visitors in 2017.