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12 Apr 2019

Promoting Galway International Arts Festival and Galway 2020 in London

~ Tourism Ireland highlights Galway to ‘culturally curious’ travellers in Britain ~

The Galway International Arts Festival and Galway 2020 were highlighted to leading British cultural and lifestyle journalists in London yesterday (11 April).
Tourism Ireland arranged for journalists from media outlets like The Daily Telegraph and The Independent to attend the opening night of Rooms – an interactive stage performance written by Enda Walsh – at the Barbican. After the performance, the journalists had the opportunity to meet playwright Enda Walsh, as well as John Crumlish and Paul Fahy of the Galway International Arts Festival. This is part of Tourism Ireland’s programme of promotions to highlight the island of Ireland to its ‘culturally curious’ audience in Great Britain. 
Julie Wakley, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Great Britain, said: “We were delighted to support the opening night of Rooms in the Barbican. Tourism Ireland’s message for our ‘culturally curious’ audience in Britain is that Ireland is a cultural hub, with world-class events, festivals and talent. The ‘culturally curious’ travellers are typically independent, active sightseers, looking to visit new places and expand their experience by exploring culture, history and landscapes. Our aim is to encourage this important demographic to travel to Galway and Ireland this year.”
John O’Ceallaigh, The Daily Telegraph; Cormac Ó Suilleabháin, Tourism Ireland; Sinéad McPhilips, Galway International Arts Festival; Paul Fahy, Galway International Arts Festival; Kyle McAleavey, Travelzoo; Coman Kenny, Tourism Ireland; Gráinne McBride, Condé Nast Traveller; Dominique Green, Travelzoo; Ben Kelly and Lucy McInerney, both The Independent; and John Crumlish, Galway International Arts Festival, after the performance of Rooms at the Barbican in London.

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 around 325,000 people across the island.
  • In 2018, we welcomed around 11.2 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of approximately €6.1 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted 20.3 million visitors in 2018.