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Friday 19 September 2014

Italian journalists visit sites along Giro route

Published 11/03/2014 | 05:32

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Ornella Gamacchio from Tourism Ireland (third from left) with Italian journalists during their visit to Malahide Castle.

TOP Italian journalists – representing a range of lifestyle, sports and travel publications – were invited by Tourism Ireland to check out some of the key sites along the route of the of the Giro d'Italia which will be passing through Fingal in May.

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The journalists' itinerary, designed by Fáilte Ireland, took in Stage Three of the Giro route, from Dundalk to Dublin.

They travelled to Malahide Castle, Portmarnock and Clontarf, and then on to Upper Merrion Street – the finishing point for the race on 11 May. They also visited Trinity College and the Guinness Storehouse during their time here.

The visit of the journalists is part of Tourism Ireland's busy programme of promotions overseas, in the run-up to the Grande Partenza in May.

Niamh Kinsella, Tourism Ireland's manager in Italy, said: 'It is a wonderful coup for Ireland that the first stages of the Giro d'Italia will take place here in May.

'There is huge interest in this prestigious event, which will be seen by an estimated 775 million sports and cycling fans around the world – presenting Tourism Ireland with a fantastic opportunity to highlight the island of Ireland as a top location for sporting events, as well as a wonderful holiday destination.'

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