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WATCH: 'Derry Girls' Siobhán McSweeney stars in new Tourism Ireland film

'Derry Girls' actress Siobhán McSweeney is the star of the latest Tourism Ireland film showcasin...
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

13.03 10 Aug 2020


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WATCH: 'Derry Girls' Siobhán M...

WATCH: 'Derry Girls' Siobhán McSweeney stars in new Tourism Ireland film

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

13.03 10 Aug 2020


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'Derry Girls' actress Siobhán McSweeney is the star of the latest Tourism Ireland film showcasing Ireland.

It is the final film in a collaborative series with the Abbey Theatre.

'Dear Ireland' - a new digital theatre experience - brings together the voices of 50 writers and 50 actors in a collection of ‘theatrical postcards’ from Ireland.

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To highlight this, Tourism Ireland has created a series of three short films with some of the actors and writers involved in the project – including Siobhán McSweeney, fellow 'Derry Girls' star Nicola Coughlan, and author and activist Sinéad Burke.

The third and final film in the series features Cork native, McSweeney, who shares insights into a piece she performed called Katty Barry's, written by Karen Cogan.

She also speaks about her love for Ireland and, in particular, the Beara Peninsula.

The film features spectacular scenery and some top attractions like Blarney Castle, the Ha'penny Bridge, Mullaghmore Head, St Anne’s Church in Cork city, the Cliffs of Moher and Dursey Island.

In the film, McSweeney praises Ireland saying: "I think when people visit Ireland they're surprised at how different it can be to the Ireland of their imagination.

"You may have one idea of Ireland but Ireland is so diverse and has so many different kinds of landscapes from rural to urban, mountains, beautiful lush green fields, forests and cliffs.

"People come with one idea and they realise that we have the whole world on the island of Ireland."

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, says: "Tourism Ireland was delighted to work with the Abbey Theatre and Siobhán McSweeney to create this wonderful short film.

"It allows us to keep the beauty of Ireland to the fore and to showcase our authentic home-grown talent around the world.

"While we may not be able to travel just now, this film will inspire people for their future visit - reminding viewers, including our ‘culturally curious’ audience, of our wonderful theatre culture, our stunning scenery and the sense of pride that makes Ireland such a special place to visit."

The first film in the series featured Sinéad Burke:

While the second film featured actress Nicola Coughlan.

Main image: Picture by: YouTube/Discover Ireland

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