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Saturday 16 December 2017

Westeros is stitched into the fabric of Irish history

The tapesty will be woven from one enormous piece of linen, supplied by Thomas Ferguson’s in Banbridge, Co Down, one of the last surviving linen mills in Northern Ireland.
The tapesty will be woven from one enormous piece of linen, supplied by Thomas Ferguson’s in Banbridge, Co Down, one of the last surviving linen mills in Northern Ireland.

Gavin White

A 77-metre-long, Bayeux-style tapestry, which tells the story of 'Game of Thrones' from season one to season six, will be on show at the Ulster Museum in Belfast's Botanic Gardens from this Saturday.

Blood-red weddings, golden Lannister hair, emerald-green wildfire, cold-blue White Walkers and jet-black crows all feature on the tapestry.

It is part of a campaign by Tourism Ireland, which is trying to capitalise on the new series.

As season seven unfolds, new sections of the tapestry will be revealed each week, capturing key events from the previous week's viewing.

The tapestry will also feature 'cameo appearances' from a number of famous faces who have appeared in the hit TV show.

It will be woven from one enormous piece of linen, supplied by Thomas Ferguson's in Banbridge, Co Down, one of the last surviving linen mills in Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, hardcore fans gathered in various pubs around Dublin to watch the much-hyped new episode last night, with special 'Game of Bones wings' and 'Hound Shanks' on offer.

One Dublin pub welcomed more than 200 'Thrones' fanatics. Nicola Donnellan, marketing manager with Foleys pub on Merrion Row, said punters often arrived in costume.

"We have had people dressing up as knights, the White Walkers, the Red Witch and costumes with huge fur," she told the Irish Independent.

The pub even had a special menu on offer to spice things up, with 'Dragon Ribs' and 'Hound Shanks' (a lamb shank) on offer.

Thiago Ruggi (18), from Sao Paolo, decided to watch it in the pub as he "wanted to watch people's reactions."

"It is a very emotional show, so we thought this would be a great place to watch the first episode," he said.

However, it was "very annoying" that the new series only has seven episodes, he added.

Irish Independent

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