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15 Apr 2019

Tourism Ireland invites GB journalists to join Seamus Heaney 80th birthday celebration event

Tourism Ireland in London invited five leading cultural and lifestyle journalists to attend the ‘In New Light’ event at the Seamus Heaney HomePlace, to mark what would have been Heaney’s 80th birthday. The group included journalists from The London Magazine, Classical Music magazine, the Scottish Herald, The Daily Telegraph and the Guardian.
The journalists also enjoyed a literary tour around Bellaghy and followed the Causeway Coastal Route, stopping off at various tourist hot spots. And they visited Londonderry, where they enjoyed a walking tour of the city. Their itinerary was designed by Tourism NI.
Julie Wakley, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Great Britain, said: “We were delighted to be involved with this special Seamus Heaney event, in conjunction with the Mid Ulster District Council, celebrating the life and literature of one of our greatest writers and his links with Bellaghy and this beautiful area.
“The articles these journalists will write when they return home are sure to inspire many more ‘culturally curious’ travellers and Seamus Heaney followers to come and explore this part of Northern Ireland for themselves.”
Promoting the Seamus Heaney HomePlace around the world is just one element of Tourism Ireland’s busy programme of activity in 2019, to continue to grow overseas visitor numbers to Northern Ireland.
Brian McCormick (third left) and Cathy Brown (third right), both Seamus Heaney HomePlace, welcome GB journalists.

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is responsible for in excess of 5.2% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 65,000 jobs.
  • In 2018, we welcomed around 2.23 million overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of £589 million.
  • 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.