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Three West Cork towns in the running for Fáilte Ireland Top Tourism Town 2014

THREE West Cork Towns, Glengarriff, Kinsale and Rosscarbery are among 15 across the country in the running for Fáilte Ireland’s 2014 Tourism Towns Awards.   The competition, now in its third year, is designed to recognise Irish towns and villages where the local community goes the extra mile to enhance their appeal to tourists.  The selected towns will now be subject over the next few weeks to a series of

McCarthy welcomes draft tourism policy

LABOUR TD Michael McCarthy was welcomed the publication of the Draft Tourism Policy.  The Draft Policy aims to increase revenue from overseas tourism from €3.3 billion to €5 billion per year and create 50,000 new jobs by 2025.   Deputy McCarthy commented, “When this Government took office it pledged to make tourism a key driver of economic activity here and to support the competitiveness of the sector. A number of

West Cork must embrace “gastro-tourism” before it’s too late warns top food writer

ONE of Ireland’s top food writers has warned the hospitality industry in West Cork that it must embrace the “gastro-tourism” revolution or face an ever-declining share of the food tourism market.   Joe McNamee delivered the stark warning to restaurateurs at a recent meeting hosted by A Taste of West Cork in Skibbereen.   Mr McNamee is the lead food writer for the Irish Examiner and contributes to a wide

O’Neills of Allihies highlighted in promotion targeting millions of Spaniards

MILLIONS of commuters in Madrid are seeing ads for Ireland right now in metro stations across the city. These ads – 140 of them – feature the famous O’Neills pub in Allihies, renowned for its bright red façade.   Tourism Ireland is working again this year with one of the biggest brands in Spain – the tour operating arm of Spanish retailing giant El Corte Inglés – targeting potential holidaymakers

West Cork is ‘in vogue’ in Holland – Fashion shoot for Dutch Vogue magazine will showcase the spectacular scenery of West Cork

MORE than 60,000 people in the Netherlands will see stunning images of West Cork in the Dutch edition of Vogue magazine, this summer. Tourism Ireland in Amsterdam invited the influential magazine to do a photoshoot in West Cork last week, using the dramatic beauty of the West Cork landscape as their backdrop.   The ten-page fashion spread will feature stunning imagery of some of Cork’s Wild Atlantic Way; the magazine

60,000 jobs can be created by 2020 by developing tourism

THE tourism sector has the potential to create 60,000 jobs by 2020 if we continue to invest and focus on what Ireland has to offer. That is according to Ireland South Candidate Deirdre Clune who has been on the road meeting with B&B owners, hoteliers, publicans and those involved in providing for our tourist market, “Tourism grew by over 7% in 2013. It is one way that we can generate

Bantry House gardens bloom into life

Wisteria at Bantry House & Garden The wisteria and the parterre are beautiful at Bantry House as is the Garden after a difficult winter having lost 30 trees. Bantry House & Garden is open Tuesday to Sunday, (closed Monday) from 10am to 5pm. House & Garden Tickets Adults €11, Concession €8, Family €26 Group Rates available.  Garden only €5