ENNIS Chamber has welcomed the added economic boost which came to the town with the hosting of Clare’s opening National Hurling League game against Kilkenny.
“The success of the All-Ireland winning senior hurlers in winning their first Allianz hurling league match was made a little sweeter for the local economy by the thousands of people who came to Ennis to see the game yesterday. The welcome reprieve in the recent stormy weather conditions also meant that spectators were able to travel in comfort. Given the calibre of teams in Division 1 of the league and as kingpins in hurling, Kilkenny attracted many of their supporters to follow their team to the West of Ireland,” commented Chamber CEO, Rita McInerney.
“Ennis Chamber welcomes the playing of such league games in the County Grounds of Cusack Park. It brought a real buzz to the town at an otherwise quiet time of year. Local hotels reported a busy weekend both for Valentine’s and people from Kilkenny deciding to overnight prior to the match. And with 10,000 people in and around Ennis yesterday there was a beneficial spin-off for other businesses such as food-outlets, bars and shops.” Ms McInerney added