Making Memories In Ireland: An Insider’s Look

Belfast-born Derry Girls star Tara Lynne O’Neill — known on screen as Erin Quinn’s mom Mary on the hit series — knows there’s no place like home.

“I think if we’ve learned one thing about life in these strange times it’s to appreciate what we have more. Not just our friends and our family, but what we have just on our doorstep,” O’Neill says. “Most of us have rediscovered our local parks or found beauty in our local areas that we never knew existed. You’re only a hop, skip and a jump away from another adventure.”

In Discover Northern Ireland’s latest campaign video, O’Neill can be found quite literally “going to see a man about a dog” heading to meet fourth-generation shepherd Jamese McCloy of Glenshane Country Farm, located roughly an hour from Belfast in the Sperrin Mountains.

Sheepdogs at Work is one of the 60 authentic and immersive experiences that await travellers as part of Tourism Northern Ireland’s new brand, Embrace a Giant Spirit. These unique brand experiences can be booked by tour operators and travel advisors who are planning trips for clients to Ireland.

Check it out in the latest issue of TRAVEL COURIER.