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Tourism

Former mayor calls on government to take action to lengthen tourist season

FORMER County Mayor, Cllr Alan Coleman has called on the Minister for Education to make September 1st the standard day for schools to return . Coleman, an independent candidate in the upcoming general election feels ” that a growing trend has emerged in recent years where schools are returning earlier in August and this is hampering Tourism in Ireland. “

Bantry Bay Port Company launches Bantry Blueway

MUNSTER’S first ever Blueway has been launched in Bantry. The Bantry Blueway will take paddlers on a 2km, 6km or 9km water trail in the picturesque Bantry Harbour in West Cork and encompasses up to seven different points, starting at Abbey Slipway and taking in Whiddy Island before moving across to Reenbeg Point and back via Railway Pier.  

Clonakility in the running for top tourism town

Clonakility has been named on the shortlist for the Fáilte Ireland Tourism Towns Awards. The competition, in place since 2012, is designed to recognise Irish towns and villages where the local community have worked hard to enhance their appeal to tourists. As part of their shortlisting, the selected towns will be subject to a series of unannounced inspections from a team of “secret shoppers” who will visit the towns and

Fastnet Trails launched at Kilcoe

“The future of communities, rural communities in particular, is communal effort… This (project) is a benefit to your community, to West Cork and to the country . . . to whom you are an example.’ These true words were spoken by former TD Jim O’Keeffe during the recent launch of the Fastnet Trails, a system of way-marked walking (and cycling) routes aimed to promote the local natural and historical heritage.

Celtic Ross launches Wild Atlantic Way Food & Heritage Trail activity break

THE Celtic Ross Hotel in collaboration with Culture Kitchen has launced a new one-day activity break the “Wild Atlantic Way Food & Heritage Trail”, priced at €145 per person sharing. On Saturday, July 25th participants will arrive for a West Cork brunch at the Celtic Ross and then be taken on a Wild Atlantic Way Food & Heritage Trail with Culture Kitchen along the lesser travelled roads of West Cork,

TD seeks stamp of approval for Wild Atlantic “passport”

THE Wild Atlantic Way (WAW) is to get a further boost next year as Fáilte Ireland have confirmed to local Fine Gael TD Jim Daly that they will consider implementing a WAW “passport” in next years work programme. Deputy Daly said he was delighted to receive such a positive response from Fáile Ireland after he submitted the proposal to Minister Paschal Donohoe for consideration. ??Jim Daly said, “The whole idea

2015 already on track to break tourism record

THE latest official data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on overseas travel show that 2015 is already set to become a record breaking year for Irish tourism. Overseas numbers are up over 14% between January and March 2015, meaning an extra 189,000 visitors.

Sheep’s Head successes at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards 

WEST Cork’s Sheep’s Head Way made its presence felt at the inaugural Irish Tourism Industry Awards with a string of special accolades going to members of its tourism co-operative. The national awards were presented in twelve categories, and Guinness topped the Best Leisure Tourism Innovation category in which the Sheep’s Head’s & Bantry Tourism Co-operative was shortlisted. However, the judges – including travel journalist Pól Ó Conghaile and representatives of