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Tourism boost as visitors coming here increases to 1.95 million from May to July

Tourists are returning to Ireland in significant numbers, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office.

Between May and July 1.95 million tourists came here, up 9.4pc from a year earlier – although the figures last year were down significantly on the volcanic ash disruption.

Trips from Britain - Ireland's biggest tourism market - were up 8.8pc.

Visitor numbers from North America and continental Europe were also strong and up 9.3pc higher.

Meanwhile, Irish people are travelling abroad less.

The number of trips abroad by Irish people fell by 1.8pc from a year earlier to 1.97 million.