A third of Americans visiting Ireland plan to travel to Donegal

Just under a third of Americans who visit Ireland this year plan to come to Donegal, according to new research published by Amárach Research.

The Irish Diaspora Omnibus, a monthly survey of Irish American attitudes shows that while one in five plan to visit Ireland this year almost two thirds hope to make the trip in 2012. 70% of those polled had already visited Ireland at least once before.

The latest survey of 1,100 people was carried out over last weekend to coincide with St Patrick's Day.

Amarach Research CEO Michael Mc Loughlin says it augers well for the future of tourism: