New Documentary Marks 50th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle’s Irish visit

A French TV crew has been in Ireland to make a documentary marking the 50th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle’s Ireland visit.

The crew has been capturing footage at locations associated with De Gaulle’s trip in 1969. These include Derrynane Beach, Sneem and Cashel House Hotel. Filming also took place at the launch of a photographic exhibition called “De Gaulle: A quiet holiday”. The exhibition consists of 24 original photographs about the visit in 1969 and will be on permanent display at the Sneem Hotel.

The documentary will air later this year on two popular French television channels, France 3 and Public Sénat. It will be seen by millions of viewers.

“We were delighted to invite this French TV crew to Ireland, to showcase some of the many beautiful locations visited by Charles de Gaulle in 1969,” said Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland’s Manager for Southern Europe in a statement.

“The documentary filmed here will be seen by millions of viewers – or potential holidaymakers for Ireland. It will encourage them to follow in de Gaulle’s footsteps and put Ireland on their holiday ‘wish-list’ for 2019. TV and film are strong influencers for prospective holidaymakers. Tourism Ireland regularly works with overseas production companies to facilitate making TV programmes. This is to generate positive exposure for Ireland around the world.”

France is one of the top four markets for tourism to the Emerald Isle. 2018 was another record-breaking year for French visitors to Ireland.

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