Monthly Archives: August 2010

Certificate of/for Genealogical Tourism

Or “certificate of Irish heritage,” I guess it’s to be called. 

This article in the Irish Times includes some amusingly snarky comments about shamrocks and leprechauns and shillelaghs and the like:

‘If it’s not handled correctly, it could end up looking tacky,’ warns Smyrl. ‘Heritage and business aren’t incompatible, but too often we end up with leprechauns and shamrocks. This will end up as a gimmick if the only intention is to get people to visit Ireland.’

Tacky and gimmicky? Well, of course. Warning duly noted.

But faith and begorrah and etc., if it meant a 25 to 30 percent discount on transportation and lodging whilst visiting the auld sod, sure, I’d be more than willing to land at Shannon decked out in a day-glo green tracksuit with a large “Kiss Me I’m Irish” button fastened to my lapel. Oh wait. If I’m wearing a tracksuit, I guess I don’t really have a lapel. So, okay, maybe I wouldn’t go quite that far.

But I would totally fill out the necessary paperwork in order to obtain a significant travel discount. And I’m guessing that Ireland (land of the “ghost estate” following upon the burst of the real estate bubble) could use the tourism dollars these days.

(Via Deborah Large Fox’s Irish Family History blog, amongst other recent notices).