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US President Barack Obama enjoying a Guinness in Hayes Bar in Moneygall

US President Barack Obama enjoying a Guinness in Hayes Bar in Moneygall

US President Barack Obama enjoying a Guinness in Hayes Bar in Moneygall

The state visits by Queen Elizabeth and US President Barack Obama have have given tourism in the Republic a shot in the arm.

Tourist hotspots have seen a welcome rise in footfall, and hotels and travel sites have seen an increase in the amount of inquiries and bookings.

Aebhric McGibney, director of policy and communications at Dublin Chamber of Commerce, estimated the global publicity could be worth as much as Euro 150m in advertising terms for Ireland.

The Rock of Cashel, Co Tipperary, is so far the biggest beneficiary of the Queen's visit, with an almost 50% rise in visitors.

“We're hearing a lot of Irish voices in there, families seem to be stopping off to have a look, which is very welcome,” site manager Elaine Moriarty said.

The Book of Kells at Trinity College in Dublin is also enjoying a rise in popularity.

Mr Obama visited his ancestral homestead for just a few hours, but the impact of the trip will remain long into the future.

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Ollie Hayes' pub, where Mr Obama had a pint of Guinness, is seeing a brisk increase in trade.


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