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German travel journalists explore Ireland's Hidden Heartlands
The journalists are here to find out about cruising holidays on the Shannon and experience the spectacular scenery
 Thurs 29th Sept 2022

German journalists are visiting Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands this week, cruising on the River Shannon. They are here as guests of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and German cruising tour operator, Le Boat.

The visiting journalists – including representatives of popular travel magazines, a regional newspaper and a radio station – are here to find out more about cruising holidays on the Shannon and to experience at first-hand the spectacular scenery and the wealth of things to see and do in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.

They cruised along the River Shannon from Portumna to Killaloe, stopping off in Mountshannon and Scariff in Co Clare, Terryglass in Co Tipperary and then on to Banagher and Clonmacnoise in Co Offaly. During the cruise, the group visited Wilde Irish Chocolates, McKernan Woollen Mills, the Killaloe Farmer’s Market and Athlone.

“Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite this group of journalists to visit Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands,” said Nadine Lehmann, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Germany. “Fact-finding visits like this are a really effective way for us to get positive exposure for cruising on the Shannon and Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands – through their articles and broadcasts, the journalists will encourage their readers and listeners to come and experience this part of Ireland for themselves.”

Germany is the third-largest source of visitors to the island of Ireland and one of the largest outbound travel markets in the world. In 2019, we welcomed 749,000 German visitors to the island of Ireland.

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