Lin De Bruicker, Susan Kames, Ellen Redmond, Failte Ireland and Joan Crawford Failte Ireland . Photo: Clive Wasson.
Friday was International Star Wars Day and a group of global media landed in Donegal to discover for themselves why it was named the ‘Coolest Place on the Planet for 2017’ by National Geographic Traveller.
The group represented media organisations which boast a combined circulation of 12 million from India, Australia, the Middle East, Canada, the US and Europe (Italy, UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria)
They visited Malin Head, one of the Star Wars film locations in Ireland as part of their trip, to follow in Luke Skywalker’s footsteps to see for themselves how the force was awakened. The journalists' visit was hosted and managed by Fáilte Ireland in collaboration with Tourism Ireland.
Bren Whelan, Donegal Climbing (left) Elllen Redmond and Joan Crawford with the group as they have some Star Wars fun at the Millennium Falcon landing site at Malin Head. Photo Clive Wasson
The journalists write for some of the world’s leading magazines and newspapers including the Epoch Times, USA, Newscorp Escape, Australia, Man’s World magazine, India, Margriet, weekly lifestyle magazine, the Netherlands, together with UK blogger Brogan Abroad and will get to explore our Galaxy and Donegal, one of the Star Wars film locations for themselves.
With it’s breathtaking scenery and rugged landscape the many places on showcase in Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way to the group on their visit included a visit to Donegal Castle, a boat trip with Paddy Byrne to see the spectacular sight of the cliffs at Sliabh League, a stop at the heritage town of Ardara, a visit to Glenveagh National Park, Horsetrekking with Dunfanaghy Riding Stables, a visit to Grianán of Aileach Stone Fort finishing off with a guided walking tour with Brendan Whelan at Banba Crown, Malin Head. Bren also worked with the Star Wars team when they were in Donegal.
Alex Connolly, Head of Communications and International Publicity at Fáilte Ireland, said: “The best way to write about something is to experience it first.
"We will be pulling out all the stops to ensure that these world class media see and do as much as possible in Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way – and share their experiences with their readers afterwards as well. We are hopeful that this visit of over 10 journalists will encourage more people to explore the epic landscapes of our Atlantic coast.
"From a visit to Malin Head, one of the Star Wars film locations to a visit to Ireland’s highest sea cliffs at Slieve League, we hope to showcase the culture and beauty of Donegal, giving them the opportunity to generate many interesting stories for their publications.”