And, with the exception of a few grainy mobile phone photographs outside a cinema in Portlaoise, and a glimpse of their Mercedes arriving at Cork Airport, the world’s most talked-about newlyweds, rapper Kanye West and reality TV star Kim Kardashian, collectively known as ‘Kimye’, did it all without intrusion.
It’s just one of the reasons Ireland’s tourism chiefs are hoping that Ireland could cash in on the Kimye effect.
Tourism Ireland’s marketing boss Mark Henry said the newlyweds’ whereabouts had been a global story.
“We’ve decided to grab the opportunity and take advantage of the fact that one of the world’s most famous couples has chosen Ireland for their honeymoon,” he said.
“The short film we’ve created will be shared with fans eager to get a glimpse into the lives of Kim and Kanye and with millions of potential holidaymakers around the world — inspiring them to follow in their footsteps and come and sample the island of Ireland for themselves.”
The ‘Keeping up with Kimye’ circus started on Sunday when the couple touched down at Cork Airport fresh from their extravagant wedding weekend in France and Italy.
It began with a party at fashion designer Valentino’s Parish mansion, Chateau de Wideville, before the wedding party was flown to Florence where they exchanged vows at Forte di Belvedere, a 16th century fortress, before enjoying a €2.8m reception.
Siobhan Byrne Learat, the founder and chief executive officer of private travel designers Adams and Butler, was contacted by one of the top travel agencies in the US to help organise their Irish honeymoon. She arranged Michael Jackson’s six-month stay in Ireland, and has tailor-made Irish vacations for Taylor Swift, and Harrison Ford and his family.
“We don’t talk about our clients. Their privacy is of paramount importance to us,” she said last night.
“We would never talk about what out clients do when they are with us.”
However, it has been confirmed that the couple, accompanied by Adams and Butler staff, were whisked from the airport straight to Castle Oliver, outside the village of Ardpatrick, in Co Limerick.
“We were delighted to welcome them and we told them we were delighted that they came to Castle Oliver,” said owner Emma Cormack.
Ms Cormack described the couple as “lovely”. “It was great that they were able to come here and nobody knew that they were coming here.”
The couple rested on Monday, enjoying the castle’s magnificent facilities and secluded grounds, before hitting the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trail early on Tuesday morning, and then trekking through the famous Blackrock Loop and the Ballyhoura Way.
The couple then moved to the €1,000-a-night Ballyfin House — a luxury country home with just 15 magnificent rooms set in a stunning 600-acre estate. Management there declined to comment yesterday.
Kimye were spotted leaving the Odeon cinema in Portlaoise on Wednesday afternoon. It is believed they watched X-Men: Days Of Future Past in Portlaoise.
A source said they looked relaxed and rested as they prepared to jet out of Cork Airport yesterday.
“They left with their privacy intact. And that’s why people like that come here,” the source said. “Hopefully we’ll see a lot more of them — and their friends.”