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23 May 2019

New documentary to mark the 50th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle’s Irish visit

~ French TV crew films at locations visited by de Gaulle ~

A French TV crew has been visiting Ireland, to create a new documentary to mark the 50th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle’s visit to Ireland. They are here as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.
The crew has been capturing footage at various locations associated with De Gaulle’s Irish trip in 1969 – including Derrynane Beach, Sneem and Cashel House Hotel. Filming also took place at the launch of a photographic exhibition called “De Gaulle: A quiet holiday” – 24 original photographs about the visit in 1969 – that is going on permanent display at the Sneem Hotel.
The documentary will air later this year on two popular French television channels, France 3 and Public Sénat, and will be seen by millions of viewers across France.
“We were delighted to invite this French TV crew to Ireland, to showcase some of the many beautiful locations visited by Charles de Gaulle in 1969,” said Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Southern Europe. “The documentary filmed here will be seen by millions of viewers – or potential holidaymakers for Ireland – encouraging them to follow in de Gaulle’s footsteps and put Ireland on their holiday ‘wish-list’ for 2019. TV and film are strong influencers for prospective holidaymakers and Tourism Ireland regularly works with overseas TV and production companies to facilitate making TV programmes, to generate positive exposure for the island of Ireland around the world.”
France is one of the top four markets for tourism to the island of Ireland and 2018 was another record-breaking year for French visitor numbers to Ireland.
Monica MacLaverty continued: “2018 was the best year ever for tourism from France to Ireland, when we welcomed about 564,800 French arrivals. For 2019, we are rolling out an extensive programme of promotional activity in France to build on that success and, in particular, to encourage more French holidaymakers to explore our regions and less-visited attractions, during the shoulder and off-season months.”
Isabelle Galy-Aché (interviewer); Jean-Charles Deniau (director); Grégory Rodriguez (cameraman); Eric Taryne (sound engineer); and Brian McEvilly, Cashel House Hotel, filming the Charles De Gaulle documentary at Cashel House Hotel in Connemara.

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.