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Cliffs’ delegation encourages Chinese to visit

REPRESENTATIVES of the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre  last week visited China in an effort to encourage more people from the country to visit Clare.The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre, together with other tourism partners from around Ireland, took part in a trade mission in the city of Sanya, in the southern Hainan province. The mission was organised by VisitBritain, in conjunction with Tourism Ireland in China.Consisting of a series of business-to-business workshops, presentations and networking events with influential Chinese travel agents, the trade mission provided an excellent platform for the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre and other participants to showcase their tourism product and to communicate what is unique about the island of Ireland.  According to Tourism Ireland, over the course of the two-day mission, face-to-face meetings were conducted with approximately 60 key Chinese decision-makers, encouraging them to include the island of Ireland in their future holiday programmes.Commenting on the long-term potential and importance of new and developing markets …

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County board move to amend granted pitch planning permission

PLANS have been lodged by Clare County Board to amend planning permission that was granted last year for training pitches in Tulla. The board is now seeking planning so that the facility can provide for competitive matches catering for up to 1,500 members of the public.The initial planning application, which was granted in January 2009, allowed for the development of five grassed pitches, a synthetic all-weather pitch, a grassed training area, grassed hill sprint area, synthetic running track, retractable netting system behind each goal, car parking for 171 spaces and six flood lighting masts to pitches one to four at Caherlogan, Tulla. Clare County Board has now applied to amend this planning application so that the facility could allow for competitive matches to be played there. The amendment being sought proposes the broadening of the facility from the sole purpose of a training facility to the allowance of competitive matches for visiting members of the public up to a capacity …

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