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10 Aug 2020

Derry Girls star Siobhán McSweeney stars in new Tourism Ireland film showcasing Ireland

~ Tourism Ireland shares final film in Abbey Theatre collaborative series ~

Tourism Ireland has teamed up with the Abbey Theatre to showcase its new digital theatre experience, Dear Ireland – which brings together the voices of 50 writers and 50 actors in a collection of ‘theatrical postcards’ from Ireland.

To highlight this digital theatre experience and to celebrate our wonderful theatre culture, Tourism Ireland has created a series of three short films with some of the actors and writers involved in the Dear Ireland project – including Derry Girls stars Siobhán McSweeney and Nicola Coughlan, as well as author, activist and teacher Sinéad Burke.

The third and final film in the series features Cork native, Siobhán McSweeney, who shares insights into a piece she performed, called Katty Barry's, written by Karen Cogan. She also speaks about her love for Ireland and, in particular, the Beara Peninsula. The film features spectacular scenery and some of our top attractions like Blarney Castle, the Ha'penny Bridge, Mullaghmore Head, St Anne’s Church in Cork city, the Cliffs of Moher, the Beara Peninsula, Eyeries village and Dursey Island.

To view the film, click here.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to work with the Abbey Theatre and Siobhán McSweeney to create this wonderful short film. It allows us to keep the beauty of Ireland to the fore and to showcase our authentic home-grown talent around the world. While we may not be able to travel just now, this film will inspire people for their future visit – reminding viewers, including our ‘culturally curious’ audience, of our wonderful theatre culture, our stunning scenery and the sense of pride that makes Ireland such a special place to visit.”

In the film, Siobhán McSweeney praises Ireland, saying: “I think when people visit Ireland they're surprised at how different it can be to the Ireland of their imagination. You may have one idea of Ireland but Ireland is so diverse and has so many different kinds of landscapes from rural to urban, mountains, beautiful lush green fields, forests and cliffs. People come with one idea and they realise that we have the whole world on the island of Ireland. The Peninsula Beara in West Cork is the most beautiful place on earth. The copper mines down there, the beaches, the surfing, the landscape, the food, my God the food. It is a very special, magical place. Ireland inspires me because there's no place in the world like it.”

The series of short films is being shared with Tourism Ireland’s fans and followers on its social platforms – including Facebook (almost 4.6 million fans worldwide), Instagram (804,000 followers), Twitter (530,000 followers) and YouTube. The first film in the series featured Sinéad Burke and the second film featured Nicola Coughlan. To view Sinéad’s film, click here; and to view Nicola’s film, click here.


Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • In 2019, we welcomed almost 11.2 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of almost €5.8 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 23+ million visitors in 2019.