Fingal Pushed Into Spotlight as Royal Couple Visit Howth
Fingal was pushed into the international media spotlight this week when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent an afternoon in Howth as part of their first official visit to Ireland.
Prince William and Princess Catherine enjoyed a walk along the Howth cliffs which offered sweeping views across the county of Fingal and Dublin Bay. They also met with representatives from the Marine Institute.
The visit received worldwide exposure. The royal couple posted about it on their official Twitter account which has 1.9m followers and their Instagram account which has over 11m followers.
Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’Brien presented Prince William, a life-long Aston Villa supporter, with a bespoke framed photomontage namechecking Republic of Ireland soccer stars who have played for the famous Birmingham club over the years. Princess Catherine, meanwhile, was presented with a copy of ‘Fingal Through Old Picture Postcards’ compiled by Jacinta Judge and a framed painting of Swords Castle by Fingal artist, Maura O’Rourke.
Speaking about the visit, the Mayor of Fingal said in a statement: “It was a great personal honour to welcome the Royal couple to Fingal during their first official visit to Ireland. They were very impressed with the walk from the Baily Lighthouse up to the Summit. We had time for a chat about Ireland, their visit and of course Aston Villa.”
Fingal County Council Chief Executive AnnMarie Farrelly added: “Tourism plays a vital role in the wider economic context in Fingal and this certainly put us on the global map. The visit presented a wonderful opportunity to showcase the tourism offerings of Howth including views from the clifftop of Lambay Island, Ireland’s Eye, Howth Castle, the Martello Tower and the Baily Lighthouse.”
“The picturesque village is one of our most important tourism destinations. We are currently undertaking the refurbishment of the historic Howth courthouse which will accommodate the Fingal Tourism Information office and preparations are well under way for the Howth Maritime and Seafood Festival in May.”