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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

Skibbereen Tourist Office to re-open in May 

FOLLOWING a successful season last year, Fáilte Ireland are happy to work again in partnership with the Skibbereen & District Chamber of Commerce so that the Tourist Office in the town will once again be open seven-days-a-week during June, July and August and will be staffed by a combination of part-time staff and volunteers to facilitate these hours.

Lusitania Museum will be opened at Old Head Restored Signal Tower by Minister Coveney

THE 200 year-old Signal Tower at the Old Head is currently being restored to its former glory and will officially open to the public as a Lusitania Museum on May 7th 2015, on the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. The Museum will exhibit artefacts recovered from the wreckage of the ship on the top floor, and its parapet walk way will boast beautiful panoramic views of one

Exploring the Three Heads of West Cork on the Wild Atlantic Way

THE Three Heads Tourism Development Association is a new grouping of West Cork Community Groups, Tourist Associations and individuals from the three West Cork peninsulas of Mizen, Sheep’s Head and the Beara Peninsula, who have come together to develop the potential of The Three Heads of West Cork as a destination on the Wild Atlantic Way. Speaking about the formation of the new association, Chairman Dr Denis Cotter said, “I

West Cork Tourism group hails meeting with Minister Paschal Donohoe

Tourism West Cork, the recently formed promotional steering group consisting of tourism representatives from Kinsale to Beara, today (Wednesday 25 March) met with Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD and Jim Daly TD in Clonakilty, West Cork. The aim of the meeting was to highlight the urgent need for a cohesive, adequately funded marketing strategy to actively promote the entire West Cork tourism experience domestically and internationally.