21 February 2017– Make 2017 the year you finally tick Ireland off your bucket list, as Tourism Ireland unveils some of the most extraordinary places to visit this year.

From 5,000 years of history  in the Ancient East to breath-taking Game of Thrones® territory to the world’s best celebrations for Ireland’s National  Day, there is so much to do and see in Ireland.

Game of Thrones®  territory

Follow the three-eyed raven through Northern Ireland, where crumbling castles and ancient landscapes become key Seven Kingdoms filming locations in Game of Thrones®. The forests, mountains and moorlands around Northern Ireland are transformed into the scenic backdrops for he most memorable moments of the series.  Take the four-day itinerary to explore Northern Ireland Game of Thrones® territory, complete with authentic experiences and events, such as archery, feasts and boat tours.

 5,000 years of Ireland’s Ancient East history

The picture-perfect landscapes of Ireland’s Ancient East are wrapped in over 5,000 years of history. Prehistoric monuments, magnificent castles, stately manor houses, buzzing medieval squares – there are captivating tales with striking images to match at every turn. Each has its own unique story to tell, evoking memories, meanings and reflections – find them by discovering a past that still resounds in Irish culture today. From the historic Newgrange to Powerscourt House and Gardens-one of Ireland’s most famous estates, every picture tells a story in Ancient East.Ireland’s National Day celebrations

There’s nothing like celebrating Ireland’s National Day. On March 17, join the party, wear your shamrock with pride, and turn the world green for a day! Each year on Ireland’s National Day, cities and people across the globe deck themselves out in forty shades of green, and the Global Greenings illuminate over 180 iconic international landmarks to match. The four-day festival in Dublin, hailed by Lonely Planet as the “mother of all Irish festivals”, is a whirlwind of traditional music, dance, street theatre and food, as well as a stellar parade complete with award-winning performers. Dingle in County Kerry kicks things off with the earliest parade at 6am and from then it’s non-stop!  Free parades and carnivals take place in almost every city, town and village, with ArmaghCorkBelfastGalway and Derry~Londonderry hosting tens of thousands of celebrators. So why not take advantage of Ireland’s hundred thousand welcomes and join in the festivities this Ireland’s National Day?

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  • 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 approximately 200,000 people.
  • In 2015, we welcomed more than 8.6 million overseas visitors to Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.2 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in ten language versions around the world, which attracted about 16.5 million visitors in 2015.
  • Ireland’s Content Pool is Tourism Ireland’s free resource of images, video and copy collections,

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