The New York Times hails Game of Thrones boost for Northern Ireland

Great that  the New York Times has noticed that Northern Ireland  is now suffused with a different sorts of “ intrigue sex and moody landscapes” which is drawing then in rather than keeping them away..

Chronicling a war among dynasties for an Iron Throne in the imaginary land of Westeros, the HBO fantasy series is a cult hit suffused with intrigue, sex and moody landscapes. The latter is making Northern Ireland a magnet for fans who want to visit places like the Dark Hedges, which appear in the premiere of Season 2 when Arya Stark, a noble girl masquerading as a boy, flees in a cart from her enemies. Or Cushendun, the rocky beach where, later in that season, the priestess Melisandre gives birth in a cave to a supernatural assassin.

The contrast is irresistible ..

“For most of my life I was in a film set,” said Mr. McAnirn, who was a teenager in Belfast during those years. “And it was a horror movie”

Stephanie Rosenbloom’s travel piece in the New York Times mode, lengthy, descriptive, full of quotes and with just enough of herself to draw the reader in while allowing the place and the people to speak for themselves.  And phew! We came out ahead.  And not a word of criticism for all the  filth, litter and derelict buildings. But then she’s used to New York…

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