Irish embassy in US celebrates 90 years ... with pictures of the North
A GAFFE by the Irish embassy in America had to be clarified after they used images from Northern Ireland to promote a competition.
Pictures of the Giant's Causeway and the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in Antrim were used by the embassy to promote a photo competition.
Both are synonymous with Northern Ireland and are popular attractions for tourists there.
However, that did not stop the Irish embassy in the US from using the images as they invited applicants to send in photos based on the theme "What Ireland Means to Me".
The competition was being run as the Washington DC-based embassy celebrates the 90th anniversary of Irish-American relations.
Upon winning the competition, the lucky applicant will win free return tickets to Ireland from the US.
Once the mistake was pointed out to the Department of Foreign Affairs by the Herald, they said: "This competition is being run in conjunction with Tourism Ireland, which promotes tourism on an all-island basis, and Aer Lingus."
However, the move will cause embarrassment at the embassy after no heritage attractions or tourist sites in the Republic of Ireland were used in the competition advert. Last night, the Department refused to explain why photographs of sites such as the Cliffs of Moher or the Lakes of Killarney were not used instead.
The competition was advertised across various forms of social media and was tweeted from the Irish Embassy in the USA's official Twitter account.
Despite the competition closing yesterday, the image had been circled on social media for some time.
The images of the attractions in Northern Ireland were being used to advertise the competition for almost three weeks.
This week, Ireland recently came fifth in Lonely Planet's top 10 countries to visit by 2015. Stunning scenery and Ireland's pub scene were listed as two of the main reasons to make a visit.