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Ireland Targets Same-Sex Weddings in New Tourism Campaign


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(DUBLIN) — One day after an overwhelming majority voted yes to gay marriage in a historic referendum in Ireland, a new campaign from Tourism Ireland is already targeting the LGBT community by endorsing the country as a prime place to tie the knot.

The video, titled “Ireland Says I Do,” promotes the most beautiful destinations for Irish weddings as well as LGBT events like The Outing, the world’s first ever same-sex matchmaking festival.

“Ireland boasts some of the most dreamily romantic locations to tie the knot in the world,” Tourism Ireland wrote in its press release. “And YES, your big day will make your heart sing.”

After Friday’s referendum, the official tally announced Saturday showed that a resounding 62 percent voted to enshrine the right to same-sex marriage in its constitution — a watershed moment for a country that was considered a bastion for the Catholic Church.

Tourism Ireland, the government’s official agency promoting travel to Ireland, suggested five wedding locations for couples who are looking to say “I do” in Ireland.

1. Kinnitty Castle, County Offaly
2. Sirius Arts Centre, County Cork
3. Smock Alley, Dublin city
4. Lough Eske, County Donegal
5. Rosedale House, County Dublin

The campaign will run in markets including the United States, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Spain, Italy and the Nordic countries.

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