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The World goes green for ST PATRICK’S DAY…

The World goes green for ST PATRICK’S DAY…

Happy St Patrick’s Day from Solas Ireland!


Famous Astronaut visits Inishowen and sings ‘Danny Boy’…..

Chris Hadfield, the famous Canadian astronaut who tweeted a picture of Inishowen from space on St Patrick’s Day recently visited the area following the huge local response he received and the resulting desire to visit Inishowen in person. Commander Hadfield and his wife spend some time touring the Peninsula and experiencing the local culture. A keen musician, he participated in traditional music sessions in some of the local pubs and visited a primary school where he had a class in the Irish language taught by the pupils. During his stay he also posted a sunset photograph taken at Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point, to over 1 million of his Twitter followers and half a million Facebook followers. Commander Hadfield has been appointed as a Tourism Ambassador for Ireland by Tourism Ireland.

Listen to Chris Hadfield sing Danny Boy in McGrory’s Pub in Inishowen:


Inishowen could become the next International Dark Skies Reserve

Inishowen has become increasing famous for stargazing and, in particular, for viewing the Aurora Borealis. In recent years hundreds of astro-tourists have come to the area hoping to see the Northern Lights, as the Aurora is more commonly known as. With its’ clear skies and lack of light pollution there has been a call for the Inishowen to become the next Irish International Dark Skies Reserve, following in the footsteps of the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, which recently was designated as a Gold Tier Dark Sky Reserve. The Iveragh Peninsula is only the third place in the world to achieve such recognition for its pristine skies.

View some amazing of the Northern Lights pictures taken from Inishowen:


Top Travel Bloggers give Inishowen ‘Seal’ of Approval!

As part of a recent familiarisation trip to the area organised byTourism Inishowen and Failte Ireland, Solas Ireland escorted a group of international travel bloggers on a walk around Malin Head.One of the bloggers, Peter Parkorr from the UK, reported that he was “completely stunned by the fantastic scenery and local hospitality”. Some members of the local seal population even popped-up to say “hello” as the bloggers enjoyed Irelands’ most northerly point.


The World's biggest celebration of Irish traditional music and dance commences in Derry-Londonderry

The anticipation is mounting as UK City of Culture, Derry-Londonderry, gets ready to host the World's greatest celebration of Irish culture for the first time in Northern Ireland this weekend….the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013. Don't miss out on the action, watch it live on and


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