Irish hotel owners offer free stays to banned Texas backpackers
“We really didn’t expect this response. The people of Ireland have been amazing. It just show’s you can’t judge the country by one woman,” Zwirko said.
After learning a hard lesson in Dublin last week, Zwirko said: “Obviously, we are going to bring what they required of us the first time.”
On Monday the Irish Embassy in Washington apologized to the three young men, and on Tuesday the Irish Immigration Garda Bureau in Dublin said they were investigating why the men were refused entry into Ireland.
Sinead Grace, a spokesperson for Tourism Ireland, said they were elated to hear that the Irish hoteliers have been so kind with their offers.
“Ireland’s reputation as a friendly and welcoming place is extremely important, and we wouldn’t take it for granted,” Grace said. “That is extremely important for us.”
However, still concerned about issues with immigration, Zwirko said he is still worried they may not be allowed into Ireland when they arrive. Each of their passports have been stamped and an "x" was drawn across the marking.
The friends are waiting to receive confirmation frmo authorities in Ireland that they will be allowed into the country before they head back over the Atlantic.
“As much as we are excited about going back we need to make sure that we are allowed. I’m just waiting from an answer from immigration on that one,” said Zwirko.
“I just can’t wait to get back to the good stuff. To see the beautiful countryside and all that.”
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