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Astronaut fronts Ireland tourism campaign

Astronaut fronts Ireland tourism campaign
26 Mar 2014

An astronaut has become the latest figure to throw his support behind a campaign designed to boost tourism numbers in Ireland.
Chris Hadfield is best-known for performing a David Bowie classic - yet his focus is currently fixed on something very different.
He became an internet sensation last year, when he  recorded Space Oddity at the International Space Station.
The Canadian has recorded four short films that promote Ireland as a top tourism destination. These are entitled An Astronaut's Guide To The Island Of Ireland - a nod to the title of his book, An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth.
In one of the clips he is seen trying to learn Gaelic, the local language, while also trying out the game of hurling, which is hugely popular in Ireland.
Tourism Ireland chief executive Niall Gibbons said: "He is an enormously popular, global figure and I am confident that the four films we have created of his visit to Ireland will be seen and shared by millions of potential holidaymakers around the world."
So, what is there in Ireland for you to enjoy on a short break?
Well, how about taking a trip to play some Gaelic Games? You've probably never before had the opportunity to do this - and so it's not a chance to be passed up.
The activity is a great deal of fun and is often a central uniting force for communities in Ireland.
Similarly, you may wish to take a tour of the iconic Croke Park, which is where the national rugby team play their home games.
It is, of course, the largest and most iconic sporting arena in the country, while it is the fourth largest in Europe.
Finally, you ought to enjoy the incredible levels of natural beauty that are on offer in Ireland, both at the seafront and further inland.ADNFCR-408-ID-801707007-ADNFCR

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