Message In A Bottle Girls Visit Ireland
Published on Aug 2 2013 3:58 PM in General Industry
The two Canadian girls behind the message in a bottle which washed up in Passage East, Co Waterford, last October, arrived in Ireland this week to spend the next few days exploring Ireland, as guests of Tourism Ireland.
Last year, schoolboy Oisín Millea found the mystery message in a bottle, which had been tossed into the Atlantic Ocean in Canada in June 2004, by two twelve-year-old friends while on holiday in Grande Vallée, Québec. The girls included their first names – Charlaine Dalpé and Claudia Garneau – as well as a plea to contact them if the bottle was ever found. Tourism Ireland in Toronto tracked down the girls, now grown up, through both traditional and social media, and invited them to visit Ireland in this special year of ‘The Gathering Ireland’. Oisín and his family visited Québec in July, as guests of Tourism Québec.
Now, Tourism Ireland is returning the gesture – with Charlaine, Claudia and their partners enjoying a week-long holiday here, exploring Dublin, Cork and Waterford. When they are in Waterford next week, they will meet Oisín in his home town of Passage East.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “We are delighted to welcome Claudia and Charlaine to Ireland and we wish them a really enjoyable holiday. This heartwarming story has been covered extensively by the media in Canada – providing fantastic, positive publicity about Ireland and the friendliness and hospitality for which we are renowned. That’s the type of publicity that money can’t buy.”