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Irish tourism chiefs are looking to cash in on Kim Kardashian's decision to honeymoon in the country with Kanye West.

Irish tourism chiefs are looking to cash in on Kim Kardashian's decision to honeymoon in the country with Kanye West.

Kim Kardashian arrives at a luxury shop in Paris, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.  The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

Kim Kardashian arrives at a luxury shop in Paris, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

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Kim Kardashian leaves a luxury shop in Paris, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.  The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage  (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

Kim Kardashian leaves a luxury shop in Paris, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

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Kim Kardashian and U.S rap singer Kanye West arrive at a luxury shop in Paris, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.  The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

Kim Kardashian and U.S rap singer Kanye West arrive at a luxury shop in Paris, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

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American television personality La La Anthony arrives in Florence, Italy, Saturday, May 24, 2014. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will wed and host a reception at Florence's imposing 16th-century Belvedere Fort on May 24, according to a spokeswoman at the Florence mayor's office. The couple rented the fort, located next to Florence's famed Boboli Gardens, for 300,000 euros ($410,000) and a Protestant minister will preside over the ceremony. Belvedere Fort was built in 1590, believed using plans by Don Giovanni de' Medici. Located near the Arno River, it offers a panoramic view of Florence and the surrounding Tuscan hills. (AP Photo/Fabio Muzzi)

American television personality La La Anthony arrives in Florence, Italy, Saturday, May 24, 2014. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will wed and host a reception at Florence's imposing 16th-century Belvedere Fort on May 24, according to a spokeswoman at the Florence mayor's office. The couple rented the fort, located next to Florence's famed Boboli Gardens, for 300,000 euros ($410,000) and a Protestant minister will preside over the ceremony. Belvedere Fort was built in 1590, believed using plans by Don Giovanni de' Medici. Located near the Arno River, it offers a panoramic view of Florence and the surrounding Tuscan hills. (AP Photo/Fabio Muzzi)

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Kim Kardashian leaves a luxury shop in Paris, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.  The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage  (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

Kim Kardashian leaves a luxury shop in Paris, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

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The cars of Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests arrive at the entrance of the Wideville Castle, in Davron, 35 miles west of Paris, Friday, May 23, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening on the eve of their marriage.(AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The cars of Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests arrive at the entrance of the Wideville Castle, in Davron, 35 miles west of Paris, Friday, May 23, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening on the eve of their marriage.(AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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One of the cars of Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests arrives at the entrance of the Wideville Castle, in Davron, 35 miles west of Paris, Friday, May 23, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening on the eve of their marriage.(AP Photo/Francois Mori)

One of the cars of Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests arrives at the entrance of the Wideville Castle, in Davron, 35 miles west of Paris, Friday, May 23, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening on the eve of their marriage.(AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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Kim Kardashian, front and Kourtney Kardashian, left, leave at a restaurant in Paris, Thursday, May 22, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

Kim Kardashian, front and Kourtney Kardashian, left, leave at a restaurant in Paris, Thursday, May 22, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

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Kim Kardashian and U.S rap singer Kanye West  leave a fitness center in Paris, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

Kim Kardashian and U.S rap singer Kanye West leave a fitness center in Paris, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

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Kim Kardashian arrives at a luxury shop in Paris, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.  The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

Kim Kardashian arrives at a luxury shop in Paris, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

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FLORENCE, ITALY - MAY 21: A plaque at the entrance of the Forte Belvedere commemorating the death of a 37-year-old Italian girl is seen while preparations are underway for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Wedding Party on May 21, 2014 in Florence, Italy. Veronica Locatelli died in 2008 when she fell from  Belvedere and the Forte was closed for 5 years.(Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images).

FLORENCE, ITALY - MAY 21: A plaque at the entrance of the Forte Belvedere commemorating the death of a 37-year-old Italian girl is seen while preparations are underway for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Wedding Party on May 21, 2014 in Florence, Italy. Veronica Locatelli died in 2008 when she fell from Belvedere and the Forte was closed for 5 years.(Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images).

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Irish tourism chiefs are looking to cash in on Kim Kardashian's decision to honeymoon in the country with Kanye West.

Tourism chiefs in Ireland are aiming to cash in on reports of one of the world's most famous couples honeymooning in the country.

Celebrity television star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West reportedly flew into Cork yesterday evening for a supposedly secret getaway after their Italian wedding.

But when rumours spread of the glamour arrival - still to be confirmed by the newlyweds - scores of teenage fans and inquisitive locals descended on the luxury Castlemartyr Resort.

The rapper, 36, and reality TV star, 33, took off for a rural retreat after celebrating their weekend wedding with several hundred guests at the 16th-century Fort Belvedere in Florence.

It was the groom's first and the third for his bride.

And Tourism Ireland is now hoping to cash in on the worldwide interest in the couple's Irish honeymoon by targeting their massive online fan base.

Kardashian has 40 million plus followers on Twitter and Facebook.

"We're working hard to produce a guide for their fans about where they are, or rather where they might be," marketing director Mark Henry said.

"We'd love to be able to give their millions of followers the information so maybe they can follow in their footsteps. It's a global story."

When news first emerged of the superstar arrival, Mr Henry posted on his Twitter account: "A big welcome to Ireland @KimKardashian and @kanyewest from all of us at @TourismIreland - we're working to improve the weather right now..."

Tourism Ireland is hoping to run a potentially massive and lucrative marketing blitz by using a guide of places to visit to connect with just a fraction of the couple's millions of followers.

The agency is hoping fans eager to get a glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous will maybe follow suit with a trip to the south-west.

The first sign of the superstar arrival was a private jet landing at Cork Airport yesterday afternoon and a couple being whisked from the runway in limousines.

The couple - known as Kimye - are reportedly expected to spend one day in Dublin but the frequent social media users have remained unusually quiet about their plans.

Kanye West proposed to Kim Kardashian on her 33rd birthday in October last year.

Their daughter named North was born in June 2013.


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