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Ireland woos writers

The Guild’s first ever press familiarisation tour of Ireland proved to be a huge hit with all involved. The week-long tour started at a small campsite in the sleepy town of Donard in county Wicklow. Opportunity was taken to visit local area including the famous towns of Avoca and Glendalough, as well as other campsites in the area.  A specially charted coach took the party to Dublin for a day to see its many attractions including the Guinness brewery, Jamesons’ distillery and a city tour.

After 3 nights the tour relocated to Delamont Country Park in Northern Ireland, next to the beautiful Strangford Lough. On arrival the party was welcomed by a BBQ, ably cooked and served by staff from Whale, the water systems specialist and supplier to the caravan industry. Next day the party visited Whale’s factory in Bangor, Co Down, before touring the Ulster Transport Museum and Folk Park.

The following day saw a visit to the Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills whisky distillery and an award winning campsite. The press tour ended with a visit to a private museum dedicated to motoring memorabilia, prior to visiting Harland and Wolff’s old HQ in Belfast for a special version of the Titanic tour. The afternoon saw a trip to Belfast city, including the wall of peace, before ending with another BBQ, this time at a small brewery.

Press tour organisers Alison & Terry Owen said “We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of the Irish people. We would particularly like to thank Fáilte Ireland, the Irish Caravan and Camping Council and Whale who put so much effort into helping us organise this historic trip. We would also like to thank the many other sponsors who made the tour possible.  We are confident that the press articles resulting from this tour will promote Ireland as a holiday destination for a long time to come”.


A few days after the tour Karen Borra from the NCC sent us the following letter:

I’m writing to say a big thank you for inviting me to join you on the CWG’s Press Familiarisation Tour of Ireland. I feel very privileged to have been there. The whole event was so well organised, it just went like clockwork. Every day of the week long tour was packed full of activities, there was never a dull moment.

I must also say a big thank you to Swift for loaning me their lovely Autocruise Jazz demonstrator.  Having never stayed in a touring caravan or motorhome before, I had quite a bit to learn. Thanks to Swift and the CWG I have now been trained to understand the various systems, including the finer points of cassette loo maintenance!

I also learned a bit about awnings and how not to try and get the awning into the bag that is really meant for the poles. Nice one Terry.

I had a fantastic time – not only was the trip informative but it was great fun too. Ireland is a lovely place and I can’t wait to go back. I think I have been converted to the motorhome lifestyle. What a great experience made even better by the people.


Karen Borra
Membership Services
National Caravan Council

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