Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Montreal Canada
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May I suggest looking into the Montreal based "Velo Quebec" organization, its been around for about 25 years, I used to peruse their small library when I began getting into touring. Over the last 20yrs or so, they have developed a great number of supported trips, here in Canada and all over the world now. From purely a "tourism" angle, it might be interesting for you to read about them and their trips, and see how they have clearly tapped into the popularity of biking here in Quebec.
While I have done a number of trips self supported over the years, my wife isnt keen on lugging stuff, so we have done Velo Quebecs "Le Grand Tour" week long supported trip a few times, it is very popular and is a good success story of attracting the crowd who dont want to have to deal with finding campspots, the daily planning of a route, or food (but it is still camping, to keep the costs down--compared to hotel trips)
You might even want to contact Velo Quebec directly with questions that may direct you with specifics about odds and sods. I suspect that you are looking at more getting "outsiders in " so to speak, as opposed to getting Irish folk involved.
all the best with your paper (and no, I have never biked there, nor been in fact)