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Spanish Tourism Office Celebrates San Fermín Festival in Dublin

Spanish Tourism Office Celebrates San Fermín Festival in Dublin

Every year from 6th to 14th July the city of Pamplona in Spain celebrates the festival of San Fermín. For nine days tourists and residents dress in traditional red and white and enjoy the continuous festive spirit that invades the streets.

Gonzalo Ceballos, Director, Spanish Tourism Office, shows how it’s done!

To celebrate the ‘San Fermines’ fiesta, the Spanish Tourism Office in Dublin organised a barbeque at The Church pub, Jervis Street, on Sunday 3rd July. Trade and media were invited with friends and family to enjoy delicious food and excellent Spanish wine.

Sara Rivero, Spanish Tourism Office, joins in the celebrations

We were each given the traditional red scarf ,‘pañuelico’ and sash,‘faja’ and there were even some bulls there to join in the fun! Gonzalo Ceballos and Borja Bedoya from the Spanish Tourism Office duly donned bulls costumes. We even managed to have our own ‘running of the bulls’ in Jervis Street before gathering together for a group photograph.

The bulls (Gonzalo Ceballos and Borja Bedoya) get ready to charge

Meanwhile in Pamplona, at midday on 6th July, the ‘chupinazo’ (rocket) was launched from the balcony of the town hall and the fiesta officially started. At 8.00am the following day the doors of the Santo Domingo corral were opened and hundreds of people ran in front of the bulls on their route through the old town to the bullring. Every morning during the festival there is a parade of ‘giants and big heads’ through the centre of the city for children to enjoy. The festival programme also includes open-air celebrations, concerts, dance exhibitions and, of course, bullfights.

San Fermin finishes at midnight on 14th July, when the crowds make their way to the Town Hall Square with candles alight and sing ‘Pobre de mi’, bidding farewell to the fiesta until the following year.

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Sarah Slattery has been in the travel industry for the past 24 years, initially as a sales consultant and progressed to sales and marketing director of Skytours. Sarah’s experience and knowledge led to a regular slot on TV3 as the travel expert on the Morning Show. She has her own blog which offers advice on destinations and the best travel deals.

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