Tourism Ireland has created a new online film to highlight the Wild Atlantic Way and its history with connecting people around the world.

Titled Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way – Connecting the world for over 100 years, the video shows the importance of the region by way of stories such as Guglielmo Marconi sending the first transatlantic radio-telegraph from Ballybunion to Nova Scotia, Canada.

The story of Sir John Alcock and Sir Arthur Whitten-Brown flying from Newfoundland, Canada, in a two-man Vickers Vimy biplane is also told, ending with the duo performing a crash landing at Derrigimlagh Bog in Connemara.

This year, Ireland celebrates two 100-year anniversaries: the first transatlantic radio-telegraph and the first non-stop transatlantic flight, which will be honoured with a full re-enactment of the landing at the Alcock and Brown 100 Festival.

The film is being promoted through Tourism Ireland’s social platforms, including Facebook (more than 4.37m fans worldwide), Twitter (almost 520,000 followers) and YouTube.

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