Tourism Ireland celebrates Season 6 by repurposing Game of Thrones history

Earlier this year, Storm Gertrude ripped up several 200-year-old beech trees from the Dark Hedges, a natural landmark in County Amtrim, Northern Ireland. It’s a landmark that should be familiar to any Game of Thrones fan.
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Tourism Ireland saved the fallen trees and will use the wood to make ten doors, one for each episode of Game of Thrones Season 6. On each door, it’ll work with world class illustrators, CGI artists, and CNC engineers who will engrave the doors with artistic depictions of the episode’s storylines. Then each door will be posted at a pub around Northern Ireland, culminating in a country-wide pub crawl of epic proportions.

The first door, for “The Red Woman,” has already been completed and is housed in a pub called The Cuan, near the Castle Ward filming location.. It depicts Westeros itself, and the major powers at play.


Tourism Ireland has more than Game of Thrones-themed doors in mind. Already this week, it’s released its first in a series of limited edition GoT stamps.

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These stamps are being created in conjunction with the Royal Mail—they let you send post from Northern Ireland GoT Territory. As with the doors, a new one will be released each week, and each one will be inspired by current themes on the show.

 

 

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Top 10 castles in Ireland’s Ancient East

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In Ireland’s Ancient East there’s a castle around every corner, some in ruins, some perfectly preserved and many others now offering luxury hotel accommodation. Here’s a guide to the top 10:

1. Trim Castle, County Meath

The largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland, Trim Castle is over 800 years old and has an unusual three-storey keep with 20 corners. It was used as a location in the movie Braveheart.

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2. Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle, another impressive Norman bastion, boasts majestic halls and extensive parklands. Over the centuries it has been extended and rebuilt resulting in a complex structure of various architectural styles.

3. Blarney Castle, County Cork

Most famous for being the home of the Blarney Stone, Blarney Castle has a lot more to explore. The gorgeous grounds, the enchanted rock close, the badger’s cave, the witch stone and the wishing steps are all part of the magic of this castle.

4. Lismore Castle, County Waterford

Dating from 1170, Lismore is a privately owned castle offering luxury accommodation on an exclusive hire basis. It is an exceptional Irish destination, somewhere where you can make your own magic.

5. Castle Leslie Estate, County Monaghan

Set in 1,000 acres of lush countryside dotted with ancient woodland, Castle Leslie hotel offers unusual and enchanting accommodation, authentic castle interiors and old world grandeur.

6. Huntington Castle, County Carlow

Still lived in by descendants of the original builders, a guided tour of this fascinating castle takes just half an hour and brings its history and stories of its occupants to life. The gardens are full of impressive formal plantings and layouts.

7. Birr Castle, County Offaly

The castle itself is not open to the public but it is worth a visit to see the Science Centre housed in the stables and the Great Telescope built in the 1840s, which was the largest telescope in the world at the time.

8. Killeen Castle, County Meath

The history of Killeen Castle dates back to 1181 when it was built by Hugh de Lacy. In the early 19th century it was modernised creating the design for the building which stands today at the heart of the magnificent estate famous for its Jack Nicklaus signature golf course.

9. Slane Castle, County Meath

With the backdrop of the River Boyne and the surrounding parkland, Slane is as famous as a venue for superb outdoor rock concerts as it is a castle. Set in the middle of a 1,500 acre estate in the heart of the Boyne Valley, it’s well worth a visit.

10. Castle Roche, County Louth

The remains of the 13th-century Castle Roche stand on a rocky outcrop from where impressive views of the countryside can be enjoyed. It is reported to be haunted.

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Tower of London goes green to mark Irish State visit

Tourism Ireland arranged for the landmark to go green

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No, it is not St. Patrick’s Day but there is a distinctive green hue coming from London. President Michael D. Higgins is half way through his official State visit to the UK.

He has so far met the Queen, Prime Minister David Cameron, London’s Mayor Boris Johnson – as well as members of the Irish community based in London.
But one of the biggest London landmarks is also getting the Irish treatment in honour of the visit.

Tourism Ireland arranged for the Tower of London to go green last night to mark the occasion.

Commenting on the ‘greening’ of the Tower of London, Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons said “We’re delighted that Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, which normally celebrates St Patrick’s Day around the world, has been extended specially to mark this historic State Visit by the President of Ireland”.

Great Britain is our largest single tourism market and is enormously important for tourism businesses across the island of Ireland” he added.

The Tower of London attracts around 2.9 million visitors a year.

 

source: http://www.newstalk.ie/mobile/index.php?id=23437