Labour T.D. Michael McCarthy, has welcomed news that Ireland has ranked in the top five countries to visit in 2015 by the Lonely Planet Travel Guide. “The top billing gives a glowing review of Ireland including the Wild Atlantic Way which is described as a scenic drive which easily rivals California’s Pacific Coast Highway and Australia’s Great Ocean Road.
by Colm Power THE former home of West Cork’s “Big Fella” in Clonakilty is set to be converted into a museum dedicated to the life of Michael Collins. The building, located in Emmet’s Square, will tell the life story and struggle for Independence of this national icon. The project is part of the €1m being pumped into urban renewal projects in Clonakilty, with an estimated €500,000 going towards the museum.
by Colm Power THERE was a big turnout recently at the West Cork Hotel which hosted the first gathering of the West Cork Tourism Assembly. At least 125 tourism leaders and interested parties were in attendance, including Ian Dempsey from the west Cork Development Partnership; Siobhán Burke, Marketing co-ordinator for the Sheep’s Head and Bantry Tourism Co-Operative and Finbarr Harrington chair of the Cork Community & Voluntary Forum.
MORE than half of foreign visitors to Cork come from the UK according to statistics just published by hotel comparison website www.trivago.ie. Trivago has revealed a list of the top nine visiting nationalities to Cork over the last year based on user searches on the site, which receives over 80 million visitors per month worldwide.
HOME to Noel Redding of the Jimi Hendrix Experience for 30 years, Dunowen House now offers the discerning traveller the chance to soak up true rock music history while relaxing and reconnecting with family, friends and themselves. A unique luxury escape on the Wild Atlantic Way, only 10 minutes drive from vibrant Clonakilty town.
MORE than 650 global influencers from the fast-growing activity travel sector, representing 62 different countries arrived in the South West of Ireland to attend the Adventure Travel World Summit which took place for four days in Killarney. In the growing adventure tourism sector, which is worth in the region of €773m to the Irish economy and brings almost 1 million international tourists to Ireland each year, this event is giving
WITH outstanding natural beauty all around sometimes it’s easy to miss those little gems right under your nose in West Cork; what may seem “ordinary” in this majestic landscape would often be exceptional elsewhere. With that in mind we’ve complied a list of five lesser-known beautiful locations in West Cork that the casual visitor may not be aware of. Of course all these locations are well known to many
by Stephen Johnson KENMARE hotelier Francis Brennan won a gold medal for his service to the hotel industry at the 26th annual Hotel & Catering awards ceremony this past week. Francis, along with his brother John, owns the five-star Park Hotel Kenmare, a property that has managed to weather the economic storm of the past six years.
THE latest official data on visitor travel from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) has showed a 9.4% increase in overseas visits to Ireland for the first wight months of 2014, compared to the same period of 2013.
PEOPLE of West Cork with an interest in tourism will have the opportunity to join a new West Cork Tourism Association at the first ever West Cork Tourism Assembly. This meeting will take place on Monday 13th of October 7-9pm in Skibbereen. The aim of the meeting is to form collaboration between: accommodation providers, heritage groups, restaurant and bar owners, activity and food tourism providers, festival organisers or persons with