Tourists head to Belfast for St Patrick's Day
26 January 2009 10:50
Tourists are expected to flock to Northern Ireland next week to celebrate St Patrick's Day.
Tourism Ireland says that Belfast, in particular, is likely to welcome an influx of foreign visitors travelling into the area for the big event.
Held on March 17th, St Patrick's Day is a bank holiday in the Northern Irish capital and is marked by a parade and concert in Belfast city centre.
A spokeswoman from Tourism Ireland said: "Increasingly people are now also going to Northern Ireland to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
"Belfast is holding a colourful carnival parade, themed The Shamrock and the Storm, which will feature thunderous drummers, a huge rainbow float and of course many shamrocks."
She added: "It is also worth visiting 'St Patrick's Country' in County Down, also in Northern Ireland. The St Patrick Centre in Downpatrick, County Down – just 20 miles south of Belfast – traces the story of Patrick through graphics, reconstructions and interactive media techniques."
Even those travelling to Ireland from the UK are advised to ensure they have adequate travel insurance incase of a medical emergency or even the loss of luggage.