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The following personalities are available for interview. Contact Bernard McMullen at Tourism Ireland 212-418-0847 or email to arrange your interview

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Kevin Dundon

Kevin Dundon is the one stop shop for Irish cooking. He’s the Chef and Proprietor of Dunbrody Country House Hotel & Restaurant; one of Ireland’s top celebrity chefs; signature Chef of the U.S. based Raglan Road Irish Gastropub; and a primetime cooking show regular. Renowned for his role in bringing Irish Gourmet Cuisine to the world, Dundon is an authority member of Fáilte Ireland, Ireland’s national tourism board. Highlighting the best Ireland has to offer, Kevin uses his signature line to deliver delicious recipes on television and live at some of America’s largest cooking and housewares shows. It’s gonna be full on Irish!

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Catherine Fulvio

TV Chef, food writer and cookery tutor, Catherine Fulvio, runs Ballyknocken Cookery School and Ballyknocken House. Catherine, herself a Wicklow native, says she learnt her cooking skills from her mother and then trained professionally. Her naturally vivacious personality and pure infectious enthusiasm for food has led her to where she is today – one of Ireland’s leading culinary personalities.

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Neven Maguire

Neven Maguire trained in some of the highest profile restaurants in the world including Roscoff, Belfast (Michelin Star winner), Grand Hotel Berlin (Michelin Star winner), The Lea Linster Luxembourg (where he cooked for Lady Diana and Tony Blair) and Arzak, San Sebastian.

In 2001, Neven Maguire took over the family business, and turned a local restaurant into a national phenomenon. Located in the rural village of Blacklion in Co. Cavan, MacNean House and Restaurant has become one of the most talked about and frequented restaurants in Ireland.

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Dervla O’Neill

EPIC Ireland is described as an interactive visitor experience celebrating the global journeys and influence of the Irish diaspora. Dervla O’Neill is head of Sales and Marketing at EPIC, and her passionate approach to telling the stories of ’10 million journeys’ with galleries organised into themes of migration, motivation, influence and connection. “It’s the influence of the Irish worldwide that will really drive home to visitors how Irish emigrants contributed to their new homes.’ Interview Dervla O’Neill and discover the stories of thousands that left Irish shores for lives abroad, many of whom journeyed to America.

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Brian McCormick

Seamus Heaney Homeplace

“Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests.
I’ll dig with it.”

HomePlace manager Brian McCormick, Heaney’s nephew, in front of the poet’s photo at the entrance to the centre

The £4.25M building which will celebrate the life and literature of the poet and Nobel Laureate. Brian McCormick believes the centre will help visitors identify places mentioned in Heaney’s poems. "We wanted this centre to be much more forward-thinking." He has said. Twitter>>

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Turtle Bunbury

Best-selling author and historian based in Ireland. His books include the Vanishing Ireland series, Sporting Legends of Ireland, The Irish Pub. He is the founder of History in a Book (, writing privately commissioned corporate and family histories. Turtle writes a regular column for the New York Times and will be spending the summer of 2011 as part of a Historical Swat Team with 'The Genealogy Roadshow,' a pioneering new series is to be aired on Ireland's RTE 1 television channel in July and August. More:

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Brian Donovan

CEO at Eneclann, Brian can speak about online access to Irish Family History resources – which is an area that has experienced huge development, making the first steps towards research your family’s roots easier than ever before.

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Fiona Fitzsimons

Research Director at Eneclann, the leading Irish heritage company offering genealogy, family history and house history research. Fiona is the principal person responsible for tracing the history of Obama's Irish ancestry from 1850 back to the 1690s. She has been a professional genealogist for 17 years, and is also a widely published Irish historian.





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Darina Allen

Tourism Ireland is thrilled to announce that one of Ireland's top chefs is available to interview St. Patrick's Week. Darina is a wonderful ambassador for the Irish Culinary scene and with St Patrick's Day fast approaching, she will provide all the necessary ingredients to cook up a memorable Irish feast.

Darina Allen is executive chef and owner of Ballymaloe House and Cookery School, Cork, Ireland. For more than twenty-five years, Chef Allen has been one of Ireland's most beloved and prolific culinary representatives. In 1983, she established the Ballymaloe Cookery School, which is a member of the prestigious Ireland's Blue Book. The school draws students from throughout the world.

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Noel McMeel

Noel is the Executive Chef at Lough Erne Resort which hosted the G8 summit in 2013. He has a simple philosophy: sourcing, preparing and serving fresh food in season. Throughout his career, Noel has made regular television appearances including the second & third series of Great British Menu and the BBC Six series, Food Poker, RTE Master Appreciate and Channel 4 Market Kitchen.

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Stephen Chisholm

Stephen, from Belfast, is the winner of the recent, inaugural Great Irish Bake Off 2013. The competition brought some of Ireland’s top baking talent to the fore. During the eight week series the contestants were faced with a variety of challenges in all areas of baking, pushing many to their limit. Stephen’s calm and relaxed approach throughout the show as well as proving to be the most consistent baker saw him take home the title.

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Dr. Tim Campbell

Leading St. Patrick expert visits NY to bring everyone's favorite Irish saint to life.

Tourism Ireland is thrilled to announce that one of the world's leading experts on St. Patrick will visit New York to celebrate St. Patrick's Day this year. The delightful Dr Tim Campbell is a wonderful ambassador for Ireland and with St. Patrick's Day fast approaching, he will provide all the necessary insights to ensure you know everything there is to know about the world's favorite saint.

Dr Tim Campbell is the director of the Saint Patrick Centre in the town of Downpatrick, where the saint is buried. It is the only permanent exhibition in the World dedicated to Ireland's Patron Saint and one of the top tourist destinations in Ireland. Situated in the heart of Saint Patrick's Country, beside Down Cathedral and Patrick's Grave, it is the central hub worldwide, for all things St. Patrick.

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Mr Sean Doran

St Patrick Festival
The Home of St Patrick Festival 2017 runs from 3 – 19 March across Armagh and Down.

The man behind the festival is the multi-award winning Beckett-enthusiast Sean Doran, one of the most innovative and daring artistic directors working in today's international arts world. A former director of the English National Opera and the Belfast Festival at Queen's, the Londonderry-born intellectual and his "invaluable" Belfast-born artistic director Ali Curran have attracted an impressive line-up to Enniskillen, including Winona Ryder, Fiona Shaw, Julianne Moore, Frank Skinner and Miranda Richardson.

Sean Doran is programming the Home of St. Patrick’s Festival alongside Liam Browne. Sean wishes to bring the story of Christianity and St. Patrick. When programming the event, Doran said they were doing so “out of the values of St Patrick, that is the key thing and resonating with placing him as an extraordinary individual”.

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Cillian Murphy

Loop Head Lighthouse + WAW
Cillian Murphy is the chairperson of Loop Head Tourism, a passionate interviewee, Murphy is celebrating the recent growth in numbers visiting the Lighthouse along the Wild Atlantic Way. Loop Head Lighthouse is steeped in history and rich in maritime heritage with its origins dating back to the 1670s. Located to the rear of the lighthouse is an Éire sign etched into the headland, which was used to alert passing Allied aircrews that they were passing over neutral Ireland during World War 2.

In 2009 Cillian co-founded Loop Head Tourism to ensure that tourism development of the Loop Head Peninsula would take place in a responsible manner with the full backing of the local community. The peninsula has won many awards for the manner in which it has developed.

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