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New Data Reveals Ireland's Most Visited Counties By Tourists

By Dave Simpson

New data from Fáilte Ireland has revealed that Dublin is the county most visited by overseas visitors in Ireland and attracts the most tourist spend, followed by Galway, Cork and Kerry, while Longford is the country’s least-visited county.

As reported by The Irish Independent, Fáilte Ireland’s data charts visitor numbers and revenue by region and county in the Republic in 2017.

The full list of overseas visitor numbers and spend by county for 2017 is:

  1. Dublin: 5,936,000 (€1981m)
  2. Galway: 1,673,000 (€589m)
  3. Cork: 1,600,000 (€631m)
  4. Kerry: 1,277,000 (€337m)
  5. Clare: 749,000 (€158m)
  6. Limerick: 647,000 (€261m)
  7. Mayo: 324,000 (€78m)
  8. Kilkenny: 315,000 (€55m)
  9. Wicklow: 275,000 (€73m)
  10. Donegal: 255,000 (€82m)
  11. Waterford: 255,000 (€69m)
  12. Wexford: 232,000 (€61m)
  13. Kildare: 211,000 (€91m)
  14. Tipperary (N&S): 192,000 (€88m)
  15. Sligo: 173,000 (€45m)
  16. Louth: 172,000 (€55m)
  17. Meath: 162,000 (€44m)
  18. Cavan: 107,000 (€48m)
  19. Westmeath: 103,000 (€46m)
  20. Carlow: 79,000 (€45m)
  21. Monaghan: 60,000 (€25m)
  22. Roscommon: 54,000 (€27m)
  23. Offaly: 52,000 (€16m)
  24. Laois: 43,000 (€14m)
  25. Leitrim: 41,000 (€18m)
  26. Longford: 24,000 (€10m)

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Meanwhile, Fáilte Ireland’s data also revealed that Irish residents embarked on 9.6 million domestic trips last year, spending €1.9 billion on their travels.

The full list of domestic visitor numbers and spend by county for 2017 is:

  1. Dublin: 1,497,000 (€307m)
  2. Cork: 1,113,000 (€337m)
  3. Galway: 1,024,000 (€247m)
  4. Kerry: 964,000 (€205m)
  5. Wexford: 654,000 (€146m)
  6. Mayo: 503,000 (€108m)
  7. Tipperary (N&S): 496,000 (€92m)
  8. Donegal: 376,000 (€96m)
  9. Clare: 362,000 (€86m)
  10. Wicklow: 319,000 (€49m)
  11. Waterford: 327,000 (€58m)
  12. Kilkenny: 298,000 (€69m)
  13. Kildare: 286,000 (€36m)
  14. Limerick: 284,000 (€46m)
  15. Sligo: 247,000 (€51m)
  16. Carlow: 228,000 (€36m)
  17. Laois: 228,000 (€30m)
  18. Offaly: 228,000 (€30m)
  19. Meath: 223,000 (€44m)
  20. Cavan: 206,000 (€32m)
  21. Leitrim: 206,000 (€32m)
  22. Louth: 179,000 (€30m)
  23. Monaghan: 179,000 (€30m)
  24. Westmeath: 159,000 (€18m)
  25. Roscommon: 130,000 (€18m)
  26. Longford: 130,000 (€18m)

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