More than 600,000 people in three different countries – Germany, France and Britain – will be reading and hearing all about the Fleadh Cheoil in Sligo over the coming weeks and months, following the visit of four leading journalists.
Representing various radio stations, as well as an online travel publication, the journalists were invited here by Tourism Ireland, to soak up the atmosphere of this year’s Fleadh and to experience some of the many things to see and do here on holiday.
As well as enjoying some of the Fleadh events, the journalists had the opportunity to visit Rosses Point, Yeats’ grave in Drumcliffe, Mullaghmore Head, Knocknarea Mountain and the Voya seaweed baths in Strandhill. They stayed at the Yeats Country Hotel and dined at Harry’s Bar & Gastro Pub in Rosses Point, Eala Bhán Restaurant in Sligo town and Shells Café in Strandhill. Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite this group of journalists to Sligo, to experience this year’s Fleadh Cheoil, as well as some of the many things to see and do here on holiday in this part of Ireland. Inviting influential media to come and experience at first-hand what’s on offer here is a key element of our publicity and PR programme; these visits are a really effective way for us to spread the good news across the world about Sligo and Ireland, encouraging more people to come here and experience the destination for themselves.” Pictured: Henry Wymbs, BBC Radio Oxford (centre) interviewing members of Sligo folk band Old Hannah, at this year’s Fleadh, including (l-r): Anthony Mannion, Lucie Crichlow, Luke Mercer and Leo Morris.