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11 Mar 2019

American choral music directors ‘in tune’ with Northern Ireland

A group of choral music directors from the United States has been visiting Downpatrick and Northern Ireland, to check out potential performance venues, accommodation options and visitor attractions suitable for touring choirs. 

Their visit was organised by Peter’s Way Tours in New York and Abbey Tours and was supported by Tourism Ireland. The busy itinerary included visits to The Saint Patrick Centre, St Patrick’s grave and Down Cathedral in Downpatrick. The group visited Armagh and attended the ‘Celebrate St Patrick’ festival in St Patrick’s Cathedral. They also visited Titanic Belfast and travelled along the Causeway Coastal Route, with a stop at the Giant’s Causeway. 

Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America and Australia, said: “We are delighted that this group of American choral music directors took time out of their busy schedules to come and visit Northern Ireland. Choirs of all sizes and backgrounds tour regularly and are always on the look-out for new destinations and venues where they can perform. With its strong musical tradition, Northern Ireland is an ideal destination for touring choral groups. Tourism Ireland in the US is working hard to ensure that Northern Ireland is ‘top of mind’ for specialist group and tour organisers when they are putting together their programmes and itineraries.” 
  American choral music directors in Downpatrick, Co Down.

Notes To Editors

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