For the first time ever, Ireland participated in The Lord Mayor’s Show in London. The historic pageant, which took place over the weekend, celebrated its 800th anniversary this year.
Tourism Ireland invited Lord Mayors and Mayors from across the island of Ireland, including the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Críona Ní Dhálaigh, to participate in order to help showcase the island of Ireland in our largest tourism market and to further cement the relationship between Ireland and the UK.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said:
“The Lord Mayor’s Show is an extremely high profile event, celebrating its 800th anniversary in 2015. Tourism Ireland is delighted that the island of Ireland will be represented for the first time. Great Britain is the largest market for tourism to the island of Ireland and The Lord Mayor’s Show will be an excellent platform to promote the destination. It is another opportunity to profile the island of Ireland and to celebrate the relationship between our two islands. We have been delighted to work with Co-operation Ireland and Dublin City Council in making it all happen.”
Also for the first time ever, the Dublin Lord Mayor’s ceremonial coach left the city to appear in the ancient London pageant. The coach, which is a feature of the annual St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin and other civic celebrations, dates from 1791.
Half a million people lined the streets of central London to cheer on the parade and it was watched on national television by millions more.