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Wednesday, 24th April, 2019 4:06pm

Fancy a road trip to Northern Ireland?

New survey results have revealed that almost three quarters of people in Munster use a road trip to spend quality time with friends and family, but interestingly, their ultimate Northern Ireland road trip companion is Hollywood actor Jamie Dornan.

The independent survey was carried out across the Republic of Ireland in February 2019, including insight into what people from Munster feel makes the perfect road trip.

Leading Irish comedian Neil Delamere is sharing the survey results and encouraging others to follow in his comedic footsteps, as he recently embarked on a packed road trip to Northern Ireland.

Across Munster, 68 per cent of people are happy to go on a road trip lasting three to six hours, making the most of the trip by staying two nights or more. Of all surveyed, 20 per cent said posting the perfect picture on social media was on their list of top road trip priorities.

Music to set the scene is essential when embarking on a road trip, with George Ezra in ‘shotgun’ position as almost half of people chose him as the top artist to be played through the speakers. Rock and disco music was also a firm favourite with 54 per cent of people in Munster from counties Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford choosing Abba or Foo Fighters as their car singalong.

Neil Delamere has recently explored all that the research has revealed, unearthing the must-see and do experiences in Belfast, the Causeway Coastal Route and the Walled City of Derry. Therefore, to get inspired by Neil’s own journey and others like it, make sure you’re getting the best scenic snaps on your trip and exploring new places.

Fiona Cunningham, Tourism NI ROI Market Manager, said: “It has been really interesting to hear what people from across Munster think makes the perfect road trip.

“For anyone in Munster who has never explored Northern Ireland, Neil’s recent trip showcases the many thrilling adventures that can be had, and the great places to see that are a little bit different and off the beaten track. From spending time with family and friends, soaking up the culture, or sampling local cuisine there are road trips for everyone to make unique memories along the way – what’s keeping you?”

Neil Delamere said: “I really was in awe of what Northern Ireland has to offer on my road trip, every corner you turn there is an amazing view or something new to experience, with excellent food and accommodation too. I often head North for gigs and work, but it was great to take the time to really explore as a tourist, get stuck in to fun activities, both old and new, and really have the craic with the local people there. It is on our doorstep, with Belfast less than two hours from Dublin, and I would highly recommend it for a road trip.”

To create your perfect road trip visit discovernorthernireland.com for inspiration and ready-made itineraries.

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