South Down needs to capitalise on visual arts exposure- Ruane

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Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has welcomed the news that mini series, Game of Thrones is being part filmed in South Down. The Game of Thrones series is based on George R.R. Martin’s book series, and has been a resounding success recording millions of viewers in the US each week and also being nominated for several Emmy Awards. Ms Ruane said,“Following the success of the short film The Shore I am delighted that South Down is being used as a setting for part of the mini series Game of Thrones. This will help expose South Down to millions of people worldwide so it is important that we capitalise on these opportunities and market the area appropriately.” Ruane continued to highlight that , “Cong in County Mayo developed a strong tourist product by advertising the fact The Quiet Man was filmed there and there is no reason why County Down cannot promote itself through a similar connection with the visual arts. I also hope that the films will stimulate tourists to come to Co Down which has some of most beautiful natural scenery on the island as well as a steep cultural history that has yet to reach its potential in terms of the tourist trial.” Councillor Mick Murphy added, “I am delighted to see the HBO series Games of Thrones filming in Leitrim Lodge Rostrevor. This is great for whole of the North giving us the chance to showcase the natural beauty of the area. I also believe that this creates an added excitement within the Rostrevor community.”
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