A French TV crew visited Ireland recently, to film a new documentary to mark the 50th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle’s visit to Ireland.
The crew captured footage at various locations associated with De Gaulle’s Irish trip in 1969 – including Derrynane Beach, Sneem and Cashel House Hotel. Filming also took place at the launch of a photographic exhibition called De Gaulle: A quiet holiday at Sneem Hotel, with 24 original photographs on display.
The documentary will air later this year on two popular French television channels, France 3 and Public Sénat, and will be seen by millions of viewers across France.
“We were delighted to invite this French TV crew to Ireland, to showcase some of the locations visited by Charles de Gaulle in 1969,” said Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Southern Europe. “TV and film are strong influencers for prospective holidaymakers and Tourism Ireland regularly works with overseas TV and production companies to facilitate making TV programmes, to generate positive exposure for the island of Ireland around the world.”
France is one of the top four markets for tourism to the island of Ireland and 2018 was another record year for French visitor numbers to Ireland.
Monica MacLaverty continued: “2018 was the best year ever for tourism from France to Ireland, when we welcomed about 564,800 French arrivals. For 2019, we are rolling out an extensive programme of promotional activity in France to build on that success.”