Boost for local tourism as Hadfield video is shared with the online world

Inishowen promotional film will be viewed by hundreds of thousands of potential visitors

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Tourism Ireland this week launched its series of four new online films featuring the famous Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield – to entice prospective holidaymakers from around the world to come and follow in his footsteps and begin planning their own visit to Ireland this year.

The first film, which will be promoted around the globe by Tourism Ireland, showcases the spectacular scenery of the Inishowen peninsula, the starting point for the Wild Atlantic Way holiday driving route.

The two-minute video, which may be viewed on Tourism Ireland’s official website,, features some charming footage of Commander Hadfield learning ‘cúpla focal’ from some of the local schoolchildren at the gealscoil in Buncrana; as well as an evening of traditional music in McGrory’s, Culdaff.

On Tuesday former astronaut Hadfield, who visited Inishowen in January, shared a link to the Inishowen video with his 1.1 million followers on social networking site Twitter.

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