Boyne Valley Tourism welcomed a group of international journalists for a three-day press visit from August 11th to 13th. With an objective to showcase what the Boyne Valley has to offer, there was a particular focus on the guests experiencing Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Drogheda and the journalists were also given a special preview presentation of what the new and exciting PÚCA Festival offers.
Michele Whelan, Tourism Officer, Boyne Valley Tourism said, “In this 3-day press visit to the Boyne Valley journalists representing international media were introduced to some of what the Boyne Valley offers that included many historic destinations and our wonderful food. The visiting group were Judith Lossman, La Vie est Belle Voyages Magazine; Bradley Alexander, The Sun UK; Tracey Davies, Metro UK and Sophie Goodall, The Press Association. The 3-day itinerary incorporated visits to Bru na Boinne UNESCO World Heritage Site for a tour of the famous prehistoric monument Newgrange; an opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann; attendance at a a performance by the RTE Concert Orchestra & Zoe Conway in the Fleadh’s Coca Cola Dome. The Drogheda Walking tour, Listoke Gin School and Slane Whiskey Distillery Tour were also on the Itinerary as well a ‘Float through Time’ experience on a river tour with Boyne Valley Activities. Trim Visitor Centre & Medieval Armoury followed by a tour of Trim Castle, Ireland’s largest Norman Castle was the last stop before our guests departed for the Airport”.
The journalists also attended a special preview presentation of the PÚCA Festival by Curated Place & Fáilte Ireland which was attended by all members of Boyne Valley Tourism. Cllr David Gilroy, Chairman of Boyne Valley Tourism, entertained the guests with engaging storytelling continuing the PÚCA theme.
Boyne Valley Tourism, never missing an opportunity to showcase the wonderful food of the area, integrated many food experiences in the itinerary where the visiting international journalists enjoyed food from Boyne Valley Flavours Food Producers including Scholars Townhouse Drogheda, LimeKiln Gastropub Julianstown, Slane Castle, the Westcourt, Trim Castle Hotel and Knightsbrook Hotel.
Michele Whelan concluded by saying, “Press visits, such as the one we hosted this week for international journalists, give us an invaluable opportunity to showcase the quality tourism product that we have to offer here in the Boyne Valley. The reaction to the sites visited as well as the plans for PÚCA Festival and of course our wonderful locally sourced food was extremely positive and impressed our guests greatly.”