– Ireland Lakelands tourism brand currently being developed –
Tipperary TD, Jackie Cahill has said that he is pleased that Fáilte Ireland is currently undertaking a study to ascertain the potential for tourism growth in north Tipperary, and in particular, Ballina and Killaloe along with villages and towns bordering on Lough Derg all the way up to Portumna Bridge.
“In a recent question to the Junior Minister for Tourism, Patrick O’Donovan, I was informed that Fáilte Ireland are currently undertaking a Destination Development and Feasibility Study in its attempts to develop the ‘Ireland Lakelands’ tourism brand, and that Ballina and Killaoe are ‘very much included in the review’,” said the Fianna Fáil TD.
“This is wonderful news for everyone involved in the tourism industry in North Tipperary. Being part of the Ireland Lakelands tourism development will be a major boon for hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, and recreational activities on Lough Derg.”
“The study will look at the best mechanisms to unlock the potential of tourism destinations, such as North Tipperary, that lie between the very successful Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East.”
“The Minister informed me that the first draft report will be available at the end of March 2017. We will all be eager to see this report, and see how Fáilte Ireland will seek to brand north Tipperary tourism hotspots such as Ballina, Dromineer Terryglass, and Garrykennedy”
“We have an exciting tourism product in North Tipperary, with excellent transport infrastructure, easy access to major international airport serving North America. I am confident that Fáilte Ireland will see all this, and more, and ensure that the region gets the support it needs to benefit from the growing visitor numbers to Ireland,” concluded Cahill.
COMPETITION- CELEBRATING THE LAUNCH OF SUIR BLUEWAY TIPPERARY
With the excitement building for the launch of beautiful Suir Blueway Tipperary this coming weekend May 18th, we are delighted to run a competition to mark the launch of this special amenity that is Suir Blueway Tipperary.
Thanks to the generosity of Cahir House Hotel, Office of Public Works – OPW and GoPaddle.ie, We are giving away an overnight stay for 2 people with a sumptuous breakfast the next morning in the fabulous Cahir House Hotel, a pass to any of one of the fascinating heritage sites along the Suir Blueway Tipperary that includes Ormond Castle The Main Guard The Swiss Cottage and Cahir Castle and to top it off an entertaining coaching session with GoPaddle.ie on the enchanting Suir Blueway Tipperary.
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“Council confirm mediation on illegal Cabragh site despite Bord Pleanala ruling,” Mattie McGrath
Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on Tipperary County Council to clarify why it’s Mediation Process with the Traveller families who are currently residing on Cabragh Bridge has included discussions around the ongoing use of the existing site if and when the families take up residence at the new six house development. Deputy McGrath was speaking after he received a reply to a Freedom of Information request he had submitted on the matter on 1st April:
“Tipperary County Council has explicitly confirmed to me that the specific reason for the Mediation Process is “to enable the six houses to be occupied by the Traveller families who are currently residing on Cabragh Bridge and the clearance of the illegal accommodation units at the bridge.”
This is absolutely unacceptable in light of the fact that An Bord Pleanala has already made a ruling on this matter to the effect that the illegal site must be vacated.
Given that this is the case, serious questions must now be asked around why the Council is engaged in a costly and long running Mediation Process.
One of the answers to that may very well be that the Traveller families simply do not want to abide by the An Bord Pleanala ruling and are seeking continued use of the site for other activities.
If that is the case it is outrageous for the Council to be engaged in a pleading contest asking the families to accept the law of the land. It simply would not happen in 99% of similar cases.
The reply from the Council also informed me that the Mediation Process is comprised of Solicitors for the Traveller families at Cabragh, Solicitors for Tipperary County Council, Sinead Carr, Director of Services, Donal Purcell Senior Executive Officer, Jonathon Cooney, Senior Engineer and Padraig Ryan, Senior Social Worker, with initial support from the Traveller Mediation Service.
They have refused to divulge information on the cost of the process to date and nor have they have accepted my request for a total projected cost to be made available.
We need clarity on this matter once and for all,” concluded Deputy McGrath.
Ray D’Arcy visits Tipperary as part if Irelands Hidden Heartlands
From Tipperary to Galway, and from Athone to Carrick-on-Shannon and Roscommon, The Ray D’Arcy Show broadcasts from Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands
The Ray D’Arcy Show has joined forces this summer with Fáilte Ireland, as part of its ‘Yours to Uncover’ new marketing campaign for Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, and will be broadcasting live with RTE Radio 1 from 3 – 4.30pm as the show visits parts of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands from next Monday, 9th until Friday, 13th July.
Last week Fáilte Ireland announced it’s multi-media brand awareness campaign for Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, worth €1m which will run on TV, outdoor, radio and digital channels, and will revolve around the creative idea ‘Yours to Uncover’. Next week a television advertisement will begin airing with new specially-commissioned footage promoting Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands with The Ray D’Arcy Show broadcasting live from Dromineer and Portumna Harbour, and from Athlone, Carrick-on-Shannon and Lough Key Forest Park, for a full week of holiday broadcasts.
Fáilte Ireland is encouraging everyone to come out and attend the broadcasts. Looking forward to the arrival of the popular RTE Radio 1 show, Niall Tracey, Fáilte Ireland’s Director of Marketing, said –
“Ray D’Arcy is a fantastic ambassador for Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and he can really get across to his listeners what Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands is all about and how it captures people’s imagination. Our new advertising campaign focuses on themes of discovery and exploration, and encourages visitors to uncover their unique experience of the natural beauty and treasures of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. We are hoping that these outside broadcasts will encourage locals to come down to watch the broadcasts in Dromineer, Portumna, Athlone, Carrick-on-Shannon or Lough Key Forest Park, where they can expect to see plenty of festivities, interviews, live music as well as hearing about local tourism highlights. We are encouraging everyone to come on down and join in the fun and discover ways to ‘Uncover’ Ireland’s Hidden Heartland through the airwaves.”
Ray will be interviewing some local tourism businesses from the surrounding area and discussing some of the many activities and experiences available to anyone visiting Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands as well as trying some activities himself in the area.
Speaking to Fáilte Ireland, Ray D’Arcy said:
“I’m really looking forward to exploring Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands with Fáilte Ireland next week! The Ray D’Arcy Show is taking to the Shannon for the week as we travel by boat from Dromineer to Portumna and Athlone! The team and I are hopeful of the good weather as we plan to get involved in some of the great activities the Hidden Heartlands has to offer along the way.”
The RTE Radio 1 team have a busy schedule as the popular host broadcasts live from the following locations:
Monday, 9th July – Dromineer Marina/Harbour, Tipperary (Boat)
Tuesday, 10th July – Portumna Castle Harbour, Galway (Boat)
Wednesday, 11th July – Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone, Co Westmeath (Roadcaster)
Thursday, 12th July – Quay Street, Carrick on Shannon, Leitrim (Roadcaster)
Friday, 13th July – Lough Key Forest Park, Roscommon (Roadcaster)