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Donegal Cathaoirleach takes part in London’s historic Lord Mayor’s Show


Cllr Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland and HE Dan Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to Great Britain, at the start of The Lord Mayor's Show in London. 


Tourism Ireland and mayors from the island of Ireland participate in 800-year-old pageant watched by millions 


For the first time ever Donegal had a participant  in The Lord Mayor’s Show in London. The historic pageant, which took place over the weekend (on Saturday, November 14), celebrated its 800th anniversary this year. Half a million people lined the streets of central London to cheer on the parade and it was watched on national television by millions more.


For the first time ever, Tourism Ireland invited Lord Mayors and Mayors from Ireland to participate in the historic event, including Donegal County Council Cathaoirleach, Cllr Ciaran Brogan  – to help showcase the island of Ireland in our largest tourism market and to further cement the relationship between Ireland and the UK. Also for the first time ever, the Dublin Lord Mayor’s ceremonial coach has left the city to appear in the ancient London pageant. The coach, which is a feature of the annual St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin and other civic celebrations, dates from 1791.


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HE Dan Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to Great Britain, Cllr Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Christopher Moran, Chairman of Co-operation Ireland and Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, attending a reception in the Irish Embassy in advance of The Lord Mayor’s Show. 


Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “The Lord Mayor’s Show is an extremely high profile event, celebrating its 800th anniversary in 2015. Tourism Ireland is delighted that the island of Ireland will be represented for the first time. Great Britain is the largest market for tourism to the island of Ireland and The Lord Mayor’s Show will be an excellent platform to promote the destination. It is another opportunity to profile the island of Ireland and to celebrate the relationship between our two islands. We have been delighted to work with Co-operation Ireland and Dublin City Council in making it all happen.”

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