Burren and Gregan’s Castle feature in Wall Street Journal

Burren and Gregan’s Castle feature in Wall Street Journal

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Luxury country house hotel Gregans Castle has been featured in the Wall Street Journal’s recent article about the Burren region of Ireland.

The Wall Street Journal is the USA’s largest publication, with a circulation of approximately 2.47 million.

The article, by Margot Dougherty, centres on the Burren region, describing its history, the landscape, flora and fauna and Neolithic monuments, ruins and shrines, describing the region as “Hauntingly beautiful”. The author recommends local attractions such as the Burren Perfumery, as well as organised tours such as Heart of the Burren Walks. The author also recommends places to stay in the region, including Gregans Castle, situated just outside Ballyvaughan. Gregans Castle has also been frequented by author J.R.R Tolkien, who is said to have been inspired by the Burren region himself when writing Lord of the Rings.

Visitors from North America to the island of Ireland amounted to 2.38 million in 2018, with growth of 9.1% in the first half of 2019, according to Tourism Ireland. Growth is expected to continue, helped, in part, by the introduction of several new flights between the USA and Ireland, including a new flight between Minneapolis – St. Paul and Dublin, which launched in July 2019

According to data compiled by Tourism Ireland, visitors to Ireland from the USA are some of the most likely to explore Ireland by car, and not restrict themselves to cities. This opens up the opportunities for accommodation providers in more rural areas, to attract more overseas tourism, particularly from the USA.

Ireland’s Blue Book is a unique collection of Irish Country House Hotels, Manor Houses, Castles, Luxury Hotels and Restaurants around the island of Ireland, representing the finest of Ireland’s hospitality, accommodations and cuisine.

Gregans Castle features in the Wall Street Journal article

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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