TOURISM Ireland has welcomed recent CSO figures showing 7% growth in overseas holidaymakers and 9% growth in revenue for the first half of 2014. Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said, “The CSO figures are very strong – confirming that holidaymakers from overseas grew by +7% in the first half of 2014, with growth recorded from all of our market areas around the world.
ONE of the world’s largest sailing vessels visited Bantry Bay recently, the latest in a succession of cruise ships to visit West Cork this summer. The five-mast Club Med 2 cruise ship carrying more than 600 passengers and crew using ultra-modern computer controlled sail technology along with more traditional diesel engines.
DAN Buckley’s Bar at Macroom’s Castle Hotel beat off stiff competition to be named the best hotel carvery in Munster and Ireland at the grand final of The Great Carvery Competition 2014. The prestigious awards, which are one of the largest in the country, are run on an annual basis by Unilever Food Solutions and are highly sought after by industry professionals. The Great Carvery Competition acknowledges Ireland and Northern
A new smartphone app designed to steer tech-friendly tourists around the Wild Atlantic Way will make the popular coastal trail even more appealing according to local TD Michael McCarthy. “The Wild Atlantic Way has exceeded all our expectations and is proving extremely popular with overseas tourists and domestic visitors alike. We in West Cork are certainly reaping the benefits of it with many tourism operators reporting that it has helped
David Puttnam to chair the Belling Forum to explore the further promotion & appreciation of all that is West Cork
ONE of the key events during A Taste of West Cork Food Festival (which runs from 4th-15th September in 16 towns and villages in the area) is the Belling Forum and the Belling West Cork Artisan Food Awards which will be held on Saturday, September 6th at 2pm at Liss Ard House, Skibbereen. The Forum is entitled ‘Promotion and Appreciation – promoting the West Cork Brand nationally and internationally’. With
HUNDREDS of thousands of people in Scandinavia, and elsewhere around the world, will be reading all about West Cork and the Wild Atlantic Way, following a visit by Finnish travel blogger Satu Vänskä-Westgarth. Satu is taking on the “challenge of her lifetime” – cycling the entire Wild Atlantic Way, or some 2,500 kms along Ireland’s western seaboard over a five-week period.T
LABOUR TD, Michael McCarthy, has welcomed the latest CSO figures which show that the total number of trips to Ireland increased by almost 10% in the first half of the year. “Overall the total number of trips to Ireland increased by 9.9% between January and July, when compared to the same period in 2013.
TG4 music and magazine series Féilte visits West Cork on its journey of discovery along the Wild Atlantic Way
TG4’s Féilte programme continues its nine-week tour of the hidden treasures along the Western seaboard – following the Fáilte Ireland-promoted 2,500 kilometre Wild Atlantic Way, beginning on the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal and ending in Kinsale in West Cork. On Thursday, August 28th, presenter Síle Ní Bhraonáin is in West Cork to bring viewers the best of traditional music, song and dance, local cuisine and adventure activities –
WEST Cork Development Partnership will host West Cork’s first ever Heritage and Tourism Conference, titled ‘Looking at Heritage through a Visitor’s Eye’ at the Top of the Rock Pod Páirc and Walking Centre in Drimoleague on Friday 12th September from 9am to 4.30pm. Local and regional tourism and heritage stakeholders in West Cork will come together at the recently opened, unique venue, to focus on how the distinctive West
by Stephen Johnson GLENGARRIFF’S The Ewe Experience and Kenmare’s Lace and Design Centre are prominently featured in the August issue of Cara, Aer Lingus’ in-flight magazine. The magazine has a monthly readership of more than 1.3 million passengers, including more than 300,000 Irish passengers.