Sunday 25 September 2016

Second Game of Thrones door unveiled in Irish pub

Geraldine Gittens

Published 03/05/2016 | 12:29

Photo: Twitter/ @TourismIreland
Photo: Twitter/ @TourismIreland
With a new Game of Thrones door are Northern Ireland's Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell; Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland; and John McGrillen, CEO of Tourism NI. Photo: William Cherry/Presseye (no repro fee)
A Game of Thrones-inspired door at The Cuan in Strangford, Co. Down. Photo: Tourism Ireland
The dark hedges in Co Antrim
A close-up of the carved door at The Cuan inn in Northern Ireland. Photo: Tourism Ireland
The Dark Hedges, Co Antrim with the new Game of Thrones doors (inset). Photos: Tourism Ireland
An animatronic raven perches atop of two signs pointing the way to Game of Thrones locations in Northern Ireland.

A second door, carved from the Dark Hedges trees which were uprooted by Storm Gertrude, has been unveiled.

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The door has been installed at the Fiddler’s Green Bar and B&B in Co Down.

Some 10 intricately carved, Game of Thrones-inspired doors are being revealed by Tourism Ireland in partnership with HBO.

One door is unveiled each week as the show's series six unfolds, and each one depicts moments inspired by the series, much of which is filmed in the North.

The first door – from episode one, which aired on April 25 - was installed in The Cuan guest inn in Strangford, Co. Down.

The Dark Hedges serves as the backdrop for the Kingsroad in Game of Thrones, and has become a tourist destination for the show's fans.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said Game of Thrones has provided an apportunity to showcase Ireland to the world.

"TV and film are recognised as strong influencers on travellers everywhere, and the stellar popularity of Game of Thrones is a fantastic opportunity for us to promote Northern Ireland."

Some 20 GoT filming locations are accessible to the public in Northern Ireland, including Tollymore Forest Park in Co. Down and Ballintoy Harbour in Co. Antrim.

Another element of the campaign includes a limited edition Game of Thrones stamp for mail posted in Northern Ireland during the campaign.

Last year's promotional activities saw dragon eggs popping up for sale in Belfast, "true-to-scale" giants' footprints on Portstewart Strand, and animatronic, three-eyed ravens spotted across Northern Ireland.

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