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Next stop Ireland! Top travel vloggers check out the Emerald Isle

American duo 'Vagabrothers' create nine online films to showcase Ireland

Published 08/10/2015 | 11:11

Tourism Ireland enlisted the help of the Vagabrothers – popular travel vloggers who are brothers Marko and Alex Ayling from California – to showcase some of our top visitor attractions and experiences to prospective holidaymakers around the world. The Vagabrothers were in Ireland in September, to film a series of nine videos, or vlogs, to highlight three key themes: the Wild Atlantic Way, gastronomy in Cork city and county, as well as culture and design in Dublin (with a focus on ID2015, the Year of Irish Design).
PIC SHOWS: The Vagabrothers, Marko (left) and Alex Ayling, surfing in Strandhill, Co Sligo. Pic – Vagabrothers (no repro fee)
Tourism Ireland enlisted the help of the Vagabrothers – popular travel vloggers who are brothers Marko and Alex Ayling from California – to showcase some of our top visitor attractions and experiences to prospective holidaymakers around the world. The Vagabrothers were in Ireland in September, to film a series of nine videos, or vlogs, to highlight three key themes: the Wild Atlantic Way, gastronomy in Cork city and county, as well as culture and design in Dublin (with a focus on ID2015, the Year of Irish Design). PIC SHOWS: The Vagabrothers, Marko (left) and Alex Ayling, surfing in Strandhill, Co Sligo. Pic – Vagabrothers (no repro fee)

Last month, Tourism Ireland enlisted the help of the Vagabrothers to showcase some of our top visitor attractions and experiences to prospective holidaymakers around the world.

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Popular travel vloggers (or video bloggers) the Vagabrothers have released a brand new online video, called ‘Surfing in Ireland’ – the first in a series of nine videos, or vlogs, which they will publish over the coming weeks.

The Vagabrothers are brothers Marko and Alex Ayling from California, vloggers (or video bloggers) who describe themselves as “backpackers and bloggers on a mission to discover the world by meeting with other young people”. Their claim to fame is that they won a ‘Biggest, Baddest Bucket List’ travel video competition, run by global travel website Mydestination.com, in 2014.

Tourism Ireland commissioned the Vagabrothers to produce a series of nine videos, or vlogs, to highlight three key themes: the Wild Atlantic Way, gastronomy in Cork city and county, as well as culture and design in Dublin (with a focus on ID2015, the Year of Irish Design). The brothers describe their surfing experience in Strandhill as “unforgettable” and the “best way (they have) ever started any trip”.

 Over the coming weeks, the films will be shared by the brothers on YouTube to their 57,000 subscribers. As well as Sligo’s Wild Atlantic Way and surfing at Strandhill, we will see the brothers visit Connemara, Galway city and Inis Mór; Cork city and county, with a cookery demo in Kinsale, as well as Dublin, where they collaborated with Irish travel vlogger 'Clisare' to pour the perfect pint in the Guinness factory.

Tourism Ireland undertakes a busy publicity programme around the world each year to raise the profile of the island of Ireland – and visits by journalists and social influencers like bloggers and vloggers are a key element of that programme. Siobhán McManamy, Tourism Ireland’s head of co-operative marketing, said: "The Vagabrothers have documented their entire Irish visit online and will be releasing eight other vlogs over the coming weeks, which will be seen and shared by their online followers round the world – inspiring those followers and travellers to come and sample the destination for themselves. Their social media accounts are hugely popular, so their visit is a really good opportunity to showcase Ireland".

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