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Ruth Moran, Tourism Ireland (left); presenter Lauren Scala (second left); and producer Philip Tripoli (second right), during filming at Gus O’Connor’s Pub in Doolin.

US crew filming for four shows have busy time in Clare

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IT seems you can’t move in Clare for American TV crews with yet another travel show filming in the county recently.

Following on from earlier high profile Samatha Brown and Michael Londra visits, a crew from the NBC TV network in the United States has been filming in the Banner county recently.

They were filming here for four separate TV shows which will be seen by millions of people, or potential American holidaymakers for Ireland, later this year and during 2023.

Tourism Ireland invited the NBC crew to come and film here for the Today show (news and talk morning show), 1st Look (weekly travel and lifestyle show which reaches around 1.2 million viewers), Open House (architecture, design and real estate show which reaches over 1.5 million viewers) and NBCLX (a local news network).

Their busy schedule was designed by Fáilte Ireland and with more good news about transatlantic services for Clare this week, it is expected to lead to an increase in American visitors over the next couple of years.

The crew captured footage in Lisdoonvarna, filming a culinary experience at the Wild Honey Inn; as well as in Doolin, at Gus O’Connor’s Pub.

They also filmed local historian Úna Kierse at the Lakeside Hotel in Killaloe. The crew stayed in the Lakeside Hotel.

Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America, said, “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite a crew from the NBC network to come and film in Co Clare for four different TV shows.

“The shows will be seen by millions of people across the United States, shining a spotlight on some of the many things to see and do here and encouraging American holidaymakers to put this part of Ireland on their vacation ‘wish-list’ for 2023.

“The United States remains an extremely important market for tourism to the island of Ireland. In 2019, we welcomed 1.7 million American visitors, whose visits delivered €1.6 billion for the economy.”

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