Tourism Ireland has unveiled its latest ‘Door of Thrones’ – this week in Frank Owens bar in Limavady – following the airing of episode five of the sixth season of the hit TV fantasty series.
The door is part of Tourism Ireland’s 2016 Game of Thrones (GoT) campaign, created in partnership with HBO, which is showcasing Northern Ireland to millions of the show’s fans worldwide.
The central element of Tourism Ireland’s GoT campaign – now in its fifth week – is a series of beautifully engraved doors, each of which tells the story of a different episode of this season. The doors are being unveiled by Tourism Ireland each week as the series unfolds – in restaurants, pubs and other venues near Game of Thrones filming locations.
This week’s door in Owens Bar features several striking designs, immortalising the Night’s King. It is near Dragonstone – the filming location otherwise known as Downhill Strand.
Garry Owens from Frank Owens said to have the door hanging in the bar is “a massive honour”.
“We are so delighted to have it,” said Garry. “It is beautiful and we are honoured to have it.”
Garry explained when he first received a phone call about it a month ago: “I thought it was a wind-up, as you do. The next day I was reading about the doors and I just thought it was amazing,” said Garry.
“It’s really the most wonderful thing. It is so intricate. It’s beautiful.”
Garry hopes having the door in the bar will promote tourism in the area.
“I’m told it’s the biggest show on TV at the minute, so anything that promotes tourism is great. It’s a privilege, and we are over the moon. It’s a massive honour.”
Earlier this year, Tourism Ireland saved the wood from two trees at the Dark Hedges – known in Game of Thrones as the Kingsroad – which fell during Storm Gertrude. The wood was then used to make a series of 10 beautifully engraved doors, each one telling the story of the latest episode in season six. The campaign is also being rolled out by Tourism NI in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.