Saturday 20 January 2018

'Vomit-lined streets' on parade in capital

Donal Lynch and Louise Hogan

TOURISM bosses have branded as "tongue-in-cheek" a controversial story lambasting some of Dublin's tourism attractions on the website of US 24-hour news channel CNN.

People are urged to avoid St Patrick's Day in Dublin, unless "you like vomit-lined streets, exposed genitalia and sidewalk-to-sidewalk crowds" on the piece running on the US website.

Tourists are told to flock to Temple Bar during the day "before things get pagan" at night time, according to 'What not to do in Dublin', by travel writer Eva Sandoval.

Allegedly, mistaking an Irish person for British, or referring to Dublin as part of the UK, will be a cause for a "fist fight".

Alex Connolly, spokesman for tourism body Failte Ireland, said the comments on the St Patrick's Day parade in Dublin city centre reflected the massive audience it attracted.

"Like any massive parade, whether it is Mardi Gras in New Orleans or Rio -- St Patrick's Day is up there with those festivals -- you'll always have a certain amount of boisterous activity in the evenings," Mr Connolly said.

The parade in the capital attracts around a million people, including thousands of visitors from abroad.

He pointed out nine out of 10 tourists surveyed following a visit to Ireland respond positively.

"Some of (the article) was tongue-in-cheek but at the end of the day nine out of 10 people can't be wrong and we're hoping for an increase in visitors this year," he said.

Irish Independent

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