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27 Sep 2018

Celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna appears on Canadian TV

Showcasing Ireland and our super cuisine to 2.2 million Canadians

Celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna is in Toronto this week, to appear on The Marilyn Denis Show, a popular daytime TV programme on CTV with around 2.2 million viewers. Her appearance on the show was organised by Tourism Ireland in Canada – to highlight the island of Ireland and our superb cuisine.

The episode was recorded earlier this week and will air today (27 September). Clodagh will talk about how Halloween originated in Ireland and viewers will see her bake a traditional Irish barmbrack. Presenter Marilyn Denis and her crew visited Ireland this June, so footage from that visit will be incorporated into this special Ireland episode. 

“We’re delighted that Clodagh McKenna will appear on The Marilyn Denis Show today – it’s an excellent opportunity to spread the word about our superb culinary offering and what makes a holiday in Ireland unique and truly memorable,” said Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Canada. “Our message is that the island of Ireland is a superb choice for Canadian ‘foodies’ for a vacation.

“2017 was the best year ever for tourism to the island of Ireland from Canada  – with visitor numbers increasing by around +11% over 2016. We are determined to ensure that success continues. The recent announcement by Aer Lingus about its new service from Montreal to Dublin for next summer is more good news for tourism Ireland as we prepare for 2019. Our message here in Canada is that it has never been easier to get to Ireland, with more airline seats from more gateways than ever before.”
  Clodagh McKenna; Tommy Smythe, guest on The Marilyn Denis Show; Marilyn Denis, host of the show; and Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland, before Clodagh’s appearance on The Marilyn Denis Show.

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 more than 300,000 people across the island.
  • In 2017, we welcomed 10.6 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of €5.6 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 19.2 million visitors in 2017.

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