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12 Aug 2020

New Tourism Ireland and Co-operation Ireland video brings a ‘Song of Hope and Friendship’ to the world

~ Sharing a message of hope and friendship with people around the world on International Youth Day ~

Tourism Ireland has teamed up with Co-operation Ireland and six school choirs from around the island of Ireland to create a new short video. Timed to coincide with International Youth Day 2020, the film aims to remind people everywhere about the island of Ireland and to bring them a message of friendship and hope, as we look to the future.

In total, 48 young choristers from six different schools joined forces to create one ‘virtual choir’ – performing the hit single ‘Dreams’ by The Cranberries together, under the guidance of Dónal Doherty, the artistic director of the City of Derry International Choir Festival.

The short video aims to inspire viewers around the world and includes students from Methodist College in Belfast; Moate Community School, Co Westmeath; Presentation Secondary School in Ballyphehane, Cork; St Mary's College in Derry; Blackrock College in Dublin; and Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ in Limerick (where The Cranberries’ lead singer, the late Dolores O'Riordan, learned her craft).

During the performance, viewers will also see wonderful footage of our iconic locations around the island of Ireland – including places like Fanad Lighthouse, Powerscourt House & Gardens, Trim Castle, Glendalough, Kilkenny Castle, Ben Bulben, the Peace Bridge, The Gobbins and Mussenden Temple.

To view the video, click here.  

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to partner with Co-operation Ireland and the six wonderful school choirs from around the island of Ireland, to create this truly uplifting video. The video is timed to coincide with International Youth Day 2020 and aims to bring a message of friendship and hope to people all around the world, as we look to the future. It will keep the beauty of the island of Ireland to the fore and is sure to inspire people for their future visit.”

Peter Sheridan, CEO of Co-operation Ireland, said: “Co-operation Ireland is excited to again team up with Tourism Ireland for this truly wonderful campaign to showcase the best of Ireland, north and south. We have great memories of the All-Ireland Choir of the Year competition and when we were approached by Tourism Ireland to reunite former participants to show the world that Ireland stands in solidarity with efforts to beat the global pandemic we were only too happy to get involved.”

The video is being shared with Tourism Ireland’s fans and followers around the world on social platforms – including Facebook (almost 4.6 million fans worldwide), Instagram (804,000 followers), Twitter (530,000 followers) and YouTube.

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.
  • Co-operation Ireland is Ireland’s leading peace-building charity. Founded in 1979, the charity works to bring people together across the island of Ireland and between Dublin, Belfast and London.
  • In 2020, Co-operation Ireland operates 29 programmes to foster reconciliation.