Astronaut launches 'Guide to Ireland'

Published Wednesday, 26 March 2014
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Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, famed for his broadcasts from space, has launched a series of films promoting Irish tourism.

The first two of the four clips featuring the spaceman are now online.

Commander Hadfield shot the series, which is called An Astronaut's Guide to the Island of Ireland, during a visit earlier this year.

Some of the locations featured include Titanic Belfast, the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, and the hills of Donegal, where the famous astronaut learns 'cúpla focal' of Gaeilge from some of the local schoolchildren in Buncrana.

It is hoped Commander Hadfield, who became a worldwide sensation when he sang Bowie in space, will help entice more would-be holidaymakers to the island.

Niall Gibbons of Tourism Ireland said: "I would like to thank Chris Hadfield for his tremendous generosity in agreeing to help us promote the island of Ireland around the world.

"He is an enormously popular, global figure.

"I am confident that the four films we have created of his visit will be seen and shared by millions of potential holidaymakers around the world - inspiring them to come and sample the destination for themselves."

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