Holidaymakers are rediscovering their passion for Ireland with visitor numbers at their highest since the start of the global recession in 2008.
The number of tourists visiting Ireland from overseas rose by 10.3% for the first half of the year, compared with the first six months of 2013.
Figures released by the Central Statistics Office show that nearly 3.5 million people visited Ireland from overseas from January to June.
The star of Mrs Brown’s Boys Brendan O’Carroll was reduced to tears after being shown the gun that could have been used to murder his grandfather.
The Irish comedian was filming an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? for the BBC. The show traces the ancestry of popular actors and sport stars.
O’Carroll has become a much-loved performer since he rose to fame as the foul-mouthed Irish mammy in his comedy Mrs Brown’s Boys.
He was invited to trace back his family history with the help of researchers at the BBC.
Ireland has millions of visits from overseas guests every year. So many in fact that the number of tourists is greater than the population of the country.
It was Kerry that came out top as the Irish destination of choice amongst the Irish. It won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has ever visited Kerry. The scenery is outstanding and the area can be a peaceful place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.