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Action plan for jobs on target

The Government is well on target with its Action Plan for Jobs strategy, according to Taoiseach Enda Kenny. “We are on course to exceed our initial target of 100,000 new jobs by the end of next year, he said at Shannon Chamber’s annual president’s lunch in Dromoland Castle today (Monday). Another jobs announcement today in Ennis shows that new jobs are being created across the country and not just in Dublin. The recent budget was designed to secure recovery further – promoting new jobs and investment in the regions, working across the economy and across the country with businesses like those represented here today. I am confident that the growing recovery of Ireland’s economy will have a positive impact on the Shannon Region.” Welcoming the Government’s support for Shannon, particularly the decision to enable Shannon Airport operate as an independent entity, as part of the recently established Shannon Group, Chamber president, Kevin Thompstone said that the risk of doing so is …

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Dromoland Castle joins enterprise promotion

Dromoland Castle was represented on a delegation of business tourism enterprises from around the country that took part in a Showcase Ireland promotion in Manchester. The event, organised by Tourism Ireland as part of its push to grow corporate meetings and association conference business, was attended by 40 influential business tourism buyers from Manchester and the north of England. Involving a B2B (business-to-business) workshop and networking opportunities, it proved to be a valuable platform for the Irish delegation to showcase and sell their product and to communicate what is unique about Clare and Ireland as a world-class destination for business tourism. David Boyce, Tourism Ireland’s deputy head of Great Britain, said,“Our new business tourism event provided another valuable platform for Tourism Ireland and our partners to showcase and sell Ireland and to build awareness of our world-class business and conference facilities. The superb meetings, incentive and transport infrastructure on offer, coupled with our distinctive cultural experience, means the island of …

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Clare participants in Canadian tourism expo

County Clare was well represented among a 78-strong Irish tourism industry group at a Fáilte Ireland-hosted workshop targeted at the Canadian market. Dromoland Castle, Doolin 2 Aran Ferries, Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience and Shannon Ferries were involved in the first in a series of custom-made workshops in Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin on Friday last. The Canadian Expo workshop saw 78 Irish tourism trade meet with 20 Canadian agents who were very keen to develop business contacts and business relationships with Ireland. The vastness of Canada, and with the agents coming from many locations within Canada, was seen as a great opportunity and very cost effective means for the Industry to meet the agents. Martina Bromley, head of sales with Fáilte Ireland stressed the importance of hosting events like these and the benefits for the Irish trade involved. “We are delighted to welcome these important Canadian travel agents, as they plan their 2015 packages. These overseas agents have the capacity …

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Americans seek out Clare hot spots

Representatives of some of the top American business tourism companies, as well as journalists from two leading American business publications, are on a fact-finding visit to Clare and Ireland this week, as guests of Tourism Ireland, in conjunction with Irish destination management company, Irish Horizons. The group’s itinerary includes a tour of the facilities at Dromoland Castle; and visits to the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. The group includes two specialist journalists writing for the business tourism sector in the United States – for the publications Global Traveler magazine and Hotel Management – as well as senior representatives of companies involved in the MICE (meetings, incentive, conferences and events) industry, who organise international conferences, meetings and large-scale incentive events around the world. They are here to discover more about the meeting facilities and accommodation on offer in this part of Ireland, as well as the great experiences business delegates can enjoy here on the …

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Dromoland staff saddened by President Mandela’s death

A PALL of sadness hung over Dromoland Castle last night after the death of South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela (95). The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who was jailed for 27 years for anti-apartheid political activity, stayed in Dromoland Castle during a two-day private visit in March 2000. Dromoland Castle managing director, Mark Nolan, told The Clare Champion staff were saddened when they learned about his death. He said Mr Mandela presented his daughter Gillian, who was six at the time, with a signed copy of his autobiography, The Long Walk to Freedom in exchange for a bouquet of flowers. It included a brief note, “To Gilly from Nelson Mandela”. The former ANC leader insisted on meeting all the staff in a formal line up outside the old entrance to the castle. Mr Nolan was struck by his great presence and charisma during the visit. “Nelson Mandela wanted to meet all the staff. There was a whole line including …

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