Dark Hedges storm trees recast as Game of Thrones doors in tourism drive
Published 27/04/2016 | 10:10
Trees uprooted by Storm Gertrude at Antrim's Dark Hedges have been recast as doors inspired by Game of Thrones.
The 10 doors, carved from two trees blown down this January, will hang in pubs and other venues near filming locations in Northern Ireland.
The 'intricately carved' doors (see gallery) depict moments inspired by Series 6 of the smash hit HBO series, much of which is filmed in the North.
The initiative is part of Tourism Ireland's latest campaign to promote the island, created in partnership with HBO and Tourism Northern Ireland.
The idea is for the doors to be unveiled each week as Series 6 unfolds, referencing key scenes and incorporating some of the iconic symbols of the show.
The first door – from episode one, which aired on April 25, is already installed in The Cuan guest inn in Strangford, Co. Down.
The Dark Hedges serve as the backdrop for the Kingsroad in Game of Thrones, and have become an iconic location for fans of the show.
"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," said Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism 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.
Series 6 of Game of Thrones continues next week.