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Beauty of The Burren highlighted in Wall Street Journal

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*Photograph: Julie Tillet

One of the largest newspapers in the USA, The Wall Street Journal has penned an article on the beauty of The Burren.

Written by Margot Dougherty and headlined ‘Ireland’s Hauntingly Beautiful Burren’, the article focuses on the North Clare area describing its history, landscape, Neolithic monuments, ruins, shrines, flora and fauna.

Local attractions such as the Burren Perfumery and the Heart of the Burren Walks are recommended as is luxury country house hotel Gregan’s Castle. Situated just outside, Ballyvaughan, Gregan’s has previously been frequented by author J.R.R. Tolkien who is said to have been inspired by the Burren when writing The Lord of the Rings which has sold an approximate 150 million copies.

Gregans Castle. 

According to Tourism Ireland, visitors from North America to the island of Ireland amounted to 2.38 million last year with a growth of 9.1% in the first half of 2019. The marketing body responsible for the promotion of Ireland overseas stated that US visitors to Ireland are some of the most likely to explore the country by car and not restrict themselves to cities.

As of August 2019, The Wall Street Journal has a daily circulation of 2,617,000 (1.8m of which are digital subscribers). The article is set to entice further visitors to North Clare over the coming months.

READ – A Trip to Ireland’s Hauntingly Beautiful Burren

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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