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Tourism lockout at Kilkee slipway

Following a weekend where a visiting boat-owning fisherman was unable to fish out of Kilkee, there has been further criticism of the lack of available keys to access the East End car park. To access the slipway, boat-owners or divers must first obtain the keys to the barrier, which Clare County Council put up at the entrance. Last weekend, Mike Carrig, who lives in Quin, was forced to travel from Kilkee to Kilbaha in order to fish. He couldn’t access the slipway in Kilkee and did not know where to look for a key. Jackie McGrath, diving officer with Kilkee Sub Aqua Club, says the town is losing out on significant visitor numbers, due to the access issues at the car park. “I wrote to CFT, our body of divers in Ireland. Our president sent the letter to the county council and other diving clubs sent letters to the county council, to explain that we only had one key in …

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Shannon to Chicago service restarts

UNITED Airlines has re-introduced its summer Shannon-Chicago service. 2013 was the first year of it and this summer it has been extending, running from May 23 to September 15. The frequency of it will be five flights weekly from May 23 to June 16, daily from June 17 to August 18, five weekly again from August 19 to September 1 and four a week from September 2 to September 15. “We’re delighted to re-introduce and extend our summer service between Shannon and Chicago in response to the great customer support we received last year,” said Yvonne Muldoon, United’s sales manager for Ireland. “We are pleased to offer more flexibility and choice for our Irish customers, not only to Chicago, but to over 300 destinations across the Americas.” There will be 169 seats on the flights, which will depart Shannon at 11am and arrive in Chicago at 1.15pm the same day, local time. The return flight will leave Chicago at 6.25pm …

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Clare features on new cycle app

CYCLE Ireland, the website that provides online route guides for cyclists, has launched its new smart phone App that makes exploring Ireland quicker and easier. This could bring additional revenue to Clare, which already is a very popular destination for cycle  tourists. The Cycle Ireland App features 100 of the most scenic routes in Ireland, taking in top attractions and covering 6,800 kilometres. Photos, videos and route descriptions can be viewed on the Cycleireland.ie website and on the App. The App provides an opportunity to exploit Ireland’s massive untapped potential as a cycling destination. Bord Fáilte is actively targeting a potential market of 20 million cycle tourists and it is estimated that approximately 170,000 cycling enthusiasts and tourists will visit Ireland’s countryside this year. The Cycle Ireland App will help these cycle tourists to explore Ireland’s countryside. James Harrington, creator of the Cycle Ireland App sees a huge opportunity ahead for Irish tourism. “The popularity of cycling is exploding in …

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Pounding the pavements in US markets

TOURISM Ireland’s 2014 series of ‘Jump into Ireland’ sales blitzes across the United States kicked off recently – in Atlanta, Georgia; Tampa and Sarasota in Florida. Together with a delegation of Irish tourism companies, including Vaughan Lodge, Lahinch, Tourism Ireland will once again ‘pound the pavements’ in the all-important American market this year – targeting hundreds of travel agents and influential journalists in key cities. The recent sales blitz involved a busy schedule of B2B events, which included a brand new 60-minute TV show format highlighting Ireland to the influential American audience, as well as networking sessions with travel and lifestyle journalists – providing an excellent opportunity for the tourism partners from Ireland to showcase and sell their product to the key decision-makers they met in the various cities. Tourism Ireland also took the opportunity to introduce the Wild Atlantic Way to the travel agents and journalists attending the sessions in Atlanta, Tampa and Sarasota. Similar ‘Jump into Ireland’ events …

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Promoting ‘garden tourism’ in Philadelphia

TOURISM Ireland, together with various Irish tourism enterprises, including Clare Tourism Forum and Shannon Heritage, mounted a major presence at this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show, to target the increasing number of Americans interested in visiting gardens in Ireland. The Philadelphia Flower Show is the world’s largest indoor flower and horticultural exhibition, attracting about 265,000 visitors each year; an ideal platform to showcase Ireland and the wonderful mix of unique gardens to be found here. This year, the centrepiece of the Tourism Ireland stand was a special garden exhibit called The Wild Atlantic Way. Modelled on Ireland’s newest visitor experience, the space featured a replica of the Poulnabrone dolmen and was designed to bring the wild landscape of our western seaboard to life for the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the show.    

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Kilkee Strand Line ‘war zone’

THREE weeks after Storm Darwin resulted in serious damage to the seawall and the Strand Line in Kilkee, the damage is still evident on the seafront. The issue was raised at this week’s West Clare Electoral Area meeting by Councillor Patrick Keane, who asked for a report on what he called “the sinking Strand Line road,” in Kilkee. Loop Head Tourism chairman and Kilkee business man, Cillian Murphy has also expressed concern at the state of the Strand Line, comparing it to a war zone. “I’m standing here looking at a hole that has been dug out of the pavilion in front of the Esplanade. It must be 30 feet by 40 feet. There was a small breach but the sea is after widening the breach and sucking everything out from underneath it. A load of concrete would have shuttered up the front of it and prevented further damage,” Cillian Murphy suggested. “From the esplanade down as far as the …

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The Burren tourism story

TOURISM is one of the main drivers of the Clare economy and in the North Clare region the Burren plays a pivotal role in this sector. Next Wednesday night, an information and network event will be held to showcase the activities, adventures, food and heritage of the Burren Region. The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, in conjunction with the Burren Ecotourism Network, will host The Burren Tourism Story 2014, at the Pavilion, Lisdoonvarna from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. The event will feature information stands, food tastings, the launch of the Burren’s first adventure and activities trail, and guest presentations from author and green business lecturer Prof. Finbarr Bradley; head of programmes and delivery Fáilte Ireland, Fiona Monaghan and award-winning travel writer and journalist, Pól O’Conghaile. Tina O’Dwyer, sustainable tourism co-ordinator, Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark explained that the primary purpose of the upcoming event will be to highlight the variety and quality of visitor attractions and activities on offer …

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Clare ideal for EU entrepreneurial award

CLARE  is ideally placed to succeed in an entry for the European Entrepreneurial Region Award according to MEP Sean Kelly, who has raised the matter in the European Parliament.  High profile tourism attractions such as the Burren and Cliffs of Moher could gain benefit from such an award, he noted. Speaking in the Parliament, the Fine Gael MEP said Clare would be a worthy recipient of the award which is designed to recognise regions that facilitate entrepreneurialism through forward thinking and sustainable governance. “Kerry is the county I come from and it received the European Entrepreneurial Region Award in 2011. Clare is another county, which could benefit hugely from such an award. Clare is home to some of the finest tourist attractions in the world – the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren. And, of course, there is Shannon Airport and the aerospace sector, which have the potential to generate jobs,” he said. Mr Kelly said the new EU COSME programme could …

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