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15 Mar 2018

Top chefs showcase Irish food in New York

Darina Allen and Noel McMeel cook up special St Patrick’s feast

Two of Ireland’s leading chefs joined Tourism Ireland in New York to cook up a memorable St Patrick’s Day meal and to raise the profile of the Irish culinary scene.

Darina Allen of Ballymaloe Cookery School and Noel McMeel from the Lough Erne Resort delivered an Irish culinary masterclass to the guests, who included influential food and travel journalists and travel trade – helping to spread the word about the superb culinary experience on offer right around the island of Ireland.

Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America, said “We are delighted to be joined in New York by two such eminent ambassadors for Irish food who bring a message about the special and unique treats that await Americans on an Irish foodie vacation. From Michelin Star restaurants, to gastro pubs and farmers markets, we now have a culinary experience to rival the best in Europe. 

“In 2017, we welcomed a record 1.8 million American visitors to the island of Ireland. Our fabulous culinary offering has now joined a long list of reasons why Americans should put Ireland on their vacation ‘wish-list’ for 2018. With more direct flights than ever before between the US and Ireland and a targeted and extensive programme of promotional activity, we look forward to further growth and continuing to work with our tourism industry partners to deliver a warm welcome and the vacation experience of a lifetime.”

  Katie Daly, Specialized Travel Services; chef Darina Allen; Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland; and Ellen McNulty, Lynott Tours, at an event in New York organised by Tourism Ireland for influential food and travel journalists and travel trade.

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.

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