East Clare Tourism held its annual general meeting last week, where it was acknowledged that tourism operators are experiencing difficult times, as officers were elected to their positions.
Local councillors Pat Burke, Joe Cooney and Pat Hayes acknowledged the difficult times operators are experiencing but all agreed those in the sector must remain positive and continue the good work that is being done to promote East Clare.
They assured the group of their continued support throughout the coming year and praised the hardworking committee in their endeavours.
East Clare Tourism, in conjunction with Cantata and Shannon Development, will be taking a stand at the CLA (Country Land and Business Association) Game Fair, being held this year in Oxford, England. The event attracts thousands of potential tourists over a three-day period and is considered as an ideal place to showcase the attractiveness of Lough Derg to fishermen and those who would be interested in the many activities and attractions that East Clare has to offer.
The meeting saw the return of the current chairman, Eamon Moroney, Scariff, secretary, Teresa Browne, Tuamgraney and treasurer, Vera O’Rourke.
Newly elected representatives to the Clare Tourist Forum include Ann Giblin of Fisherman’s Paradise, Scariff and Owen O’Hagan of Scariff Harbour Festival.
Meanwhile, Gary Pepper, Feakle, was elected as chairman of a sub-committee formed to run a forthcoming fundraising event, to be held on Friday, April 29 at Ducey’s Pier.
East Clare Tourism would also like to remind its members that annual subscriptions are now due and are inviting new members. Membership ensures inclusion in all East Clare Tourism promotional material throughout the year.