‘Thrones’ door already proving big hit for Blakes

Game of Thrones door number 4, now in situ at Blakes of the Hollow, Enniskillen    Picture: Ronan McGrade

Game of Thrones door number 4, now in situ at Blakes of the Hollow, Enniskillen Picture: Ronan McGrade

There has always been a welcoming ‘open door’ at Blakes of the Hollow, but this week that old saying took a bit of a twist in the famous Victorian pub.
Yesterday morning, (Tuesday), Tourism Ireland unveiled its fourth ‘Door of Thrones’ following episode four of the sixth season of hit TV drama Game of Thrones.
The door is part of Tourism Ireland’s 2016 Game of Thrones campaign, created in partnership with HBO, which is showcasing the North to millions of the show’s fans worldwide.
 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 doors are being unveiled by Tourism Ireland each week as season six unfolds, in restaurants, pubs and other venues near Game of Thrones filming locations across the North.
Owner of ‘the Hollow’, Pat Blake is absolutely delighted with the new ‘door’.
“It has certainly generated plenty of gossip, news and chat in the few hours that it has been unveiled, that’s for sure.
“Given the interest that has been shown in these few hours and the enthusiasm of Tourism Ireland and HBO I would be confident that their marketing campaign will bring people to Enniskillen. That has to be good news for all businesses here,” he said.
“If people come to see the door or be photographed beside it they are going to need to spend time in Enniskillen and the area.”
On Tuesday morning just hours after the airing of episode four Blakes was receiving several calls from the United States asking about the door.
“If that is the initial reaction then I would be confident that it should bring lots of visitors to Fermanagh and Enniskillen in particular,” he added.
The door was hung in the Victorian bar, built in 1887, early on Saturday morning by Hazelet’s of Clogher but not unveiled until Tuesday morning.
It features several striking designs, immortalising the Targaryens and Arryns. It is near the Brotherhood without Banners’ hideout – the filming location otherwise known as Pollagollum Cave. It took 40 hours to carve the various figures.
A delighted Mr Blake remarked, “It is just a magnificent piece of carving, wonderful workmanship.”
“For the enthusiast of Game of Thrones they will be able to relate to the various images on the door which they have seen on Monday night’s show and the story behind them.”
The first door (from episode one) is hanging in The Cuan guest inn in Strangford – near the filming locations of Castle Ward and Audley’s Castle. The second door is hanging in Fiddlers Green in Portaferry, near Quintin Bay. The third door, in the Percy French restaurant, is near Tollymore Forest Park in Co Down.

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