The number of UK visitors to Ireland this year continues to decline as the post-Brexit fall in sterling has made it more expensive to travel.
Between February and April, the number of all overseas trips to Ireland from abroad has increased slightly by 0.1 per cent, or an overall increase of about 2,600 arrivals.
However, the number of people arriving from the UK fell by almost 11 per cent from 958,100 to 855,800.
“The decline in the value of sterling has made holidays and short breaks here more expensive for British visitors,” said Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland which markets the country overseas.
“And economic uncertainty is undoubtedly making British travellers more cautious about their discretionary spending.”
The figures, released by the Central Statistics Office, represent the first dip in UK travel numbers which have been climbing sharply in the last three years following an emergence from economic uncertainty.
UK trips over the same period rose from 735,800 in 2014 to 808,000 the following year before peaking in 2016.