(L-R) Andrew Elliott, Danielle Neyts, David Twomey
On Thursday 8 February the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive Brussels was delighted to receive a print of the Game of Thrones tapestry from Tourism Ireland. Danielle Neyts and David Twomey, from Tourism Ireland, presented the print in recognition of the positive collaboration between Tourism Ireland and the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels to promote Northern Ireland as a premier tourist destination.
The tapestry is inspired by the Bayeaux Tapestry and made with linen from one of the last historic linen mills in Northern Ireland. It depicts scenes from the world-famous TV series Game of Thrones – much of which is filmed in Northern Ireland. Local volunteers, enlisted by National Museums Northern Ireland, spent more than 1,000 hours hand-finishing the tapestry. Their pain-staking work is evident in the astonishing detail depicted in vibrant colour. The full 77 metre long tapestry is on display to the public in the Ulster Museum in Belfast, and covers the events of the show from seasons 1 to 7, so beware of spoilers!
The print in the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels depicts a classic scene between two main characters – Jon Snow and Ygritte. A fantastic addition to the office, the print has found a new home in our aptly-named room ‘Winterfell’.
The full tapestry, and more information about it, is also available online on the Tourism Ireland website. Spot our print at S03E10!