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04 Jul 2019

Kiwis to tune in to the island of Ireland

Images of the island of Ireland will be seen by hundreds of thousands of people in New Zealand later this year. Tourism Ireland invited a popular morning TV show, called The Café – which airs on Three, a nationwide channel – to film at various locations in Northern Ireland, Donegal and Dublin. Filming here was supported by Tourism NI and Fáilte Ireland.
The TV crew filmed the show’s presenters, Mel Homer and Debbie Griffiths, visiting some of our top tourist attractions and locations – including EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, the Guinness Storehouse, Enniskillen Castle, the walled city of Derry, Slieve League and Bundoran.
They were joined by one of New Zealand’s largest media companies, New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME), who captured video vignettes along the way – for the website and social channels of Coast Radio, a nationwide radio station, with almost 400,000 listeners. Mel Homer also presents a show on Coast Radio and the crew filmed her exploring her Irish ancestry during her time here.
Darragh Walshe, Tourism Ireland, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite these film crews to visit the island of Ireland. Their footage will be seen by hundreds of thousands of people across New Zealand – inspiring them to put the island of Ireland on their holiday ‘wish list’ for 2019. Television and film are recognised as strong influencers for prospective holidaymakers and Tourism Ireland regularly works with TV and production companies around the world, to facilitate the making of travel and lifestyle programmes and films around the island of Ireland.”
TV presenters Debbie Griffiths (left) and Mel Homer, TV presenter (right), filming at Bundoran Surf Co, Co Donegal.

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 (+6% on 2017), delivering revenue of approximately €6.1 billion (+10%).
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted 20+ million visitors in 2018.