Tourism ‘jewel’ waiting to be tapped into

first_imgTwitter Facebook Advertisement Previous articleUL to encourage medical students to travel to GhanaNext article‘Beer Naturally’ aims to revaluate Ireland’s favourite drink admin Email Linkedincenter_img Killaloe/Ballina to exploit natural heritage and cultureRESIDENTS in the twin towns of Killaloe and Ballina have set up a group to meet the current recession head-on.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A cross-section of the communities have formed the Ballina-Killaloe Business Association.The aim is to attract new enterprise to both River Shannon towns and promote local annual activities, and encourage community groups and business concerns in the towns and their hinterlands to interact and help each other.The idea was the brainchild of Killaloe businesswoman Colette Hanley, who told the Post that “even if it was my idea the people have enthusiastically warmed to the concept and we are now up and running.“If the structures are in place, that will be the first step in our efforts to attract new enterprise into the area.“It will enable us to approach the statutory agencies such as Shannon Development, the Clare Enterprise Board and our local Dail deputies and County Councillors to put our problems and plans” said Colette, owner of Clare Tipp. Properties in Killaloe who is now chairperson of the new Business Association.She went on: “We are trying to get all the businesses under one banner to try and brand both towns with a common goal.“For example, the hotels, taxis, photographers and hair and beauty salons could market themselves collectively under a brand name. Hopefully, it will spread to other areas of business”.The meetings have attracted up to 100 business representatives, including corporate personnel who live in the area and who have offered their expertise and advice.Said committee member Douglas Hyde, co-owner of Satmya, a traditional medical clinic in Killaloe: “People who have come here to live love it and want to see the Lough Derg towns and their surroundings thrive and prosper.“Besides bringing in new people, the aim of the Association is also to help existing businesses to network and work together.“Basically, we want to ride the current recession and sustain and protect what we have in the line of our natural heritage and culture,” he concluded.Business and tourism concerns in the River Shannon/Lough Derg catchment area believe that Killaloe/Ballina are a potential tourism ‘jewel’ yet to be tapped fully.With its Brian Boru tailor-made connections and amenities, the area is ripe for promotion up the tourism ladder.And to add to its attractiveness its proximity to Shannon Airport makes it a major selling point. A champion of Shannon Airport is comedian Brendan Grace.He lives in Florida, and his daughter, Amanda and husband local man Martin, run the Brendan Grace pub in Killaloe. Brendan brings in groups of American’s every year to visit the region and uses his home beside the lake as his Irish base when he is performing here.“Killaloe is where I hang my hat in Ireland” he declared and considers Shannon “the gateway of Irish tourism”.The walls of the pub are covered with photographs of the entertainer with the famous, including Bill Clinton, former U.S. President “one of my dear friends”, the late renowned Italian tenor Pavarotti, J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) of Dallas fame and Sir Alex FergusonThe Business Association, as part of its activities, is helping to promote the National Power Boat Championships hosted by the Mid-West Power Boat Club on Saturday and Sunday April 18 and 19, on the River Shannon. Print WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsTourism ‘jewel’ waiting to be tapped intoBy admin – April 6, 2009 694 last_img read more

Numbers sleeping rough in Dublin rises

first_img By admin – December 3, 2013 Facebook Facebook Pinterest Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Numbers sleeping rough in Dublin rises Google+ WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+center_img The number of people sleeping rough has jumped according to official figures from Dublin City Council.The latest headcount shows 139 people are on the streets of the capital on a given night. That is up from 94 people in April.It comes as councillors are asked to vote on a new three year plan to tackle homelessnessBut Fianna Fail Councillor Mary Fitzpatrick says there is a major flaw with it.”I will support any action that will contribute to ending the need for people to sleep on the streets” she said.”However my concern with the framework plan is that it doesn’t include a target number of housing units to be provided each year, and it doesn’t provide a target budget” she added. Pinterest Previous articleFianna Fail confirm Colm Keaveney has applied to join the partyNext articleIn-coming Eirgrid chairman pledges to work with communities over pylon issue admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th News 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Arsenal beat Middlesbrough 2-0 to reach FA Cup quarter-finals

first_imgTwo first-half goals by Olivier Giroud were more than enough to see Arsenal beat Middlesbrough at the Emirates Stadium and progress to the last eight in the FA Cup. Boro never looked like pulling off a shock in north LondonTwo left-footed finishes on the half-turn in quick succession from Giroud during the first period ensured that the Championship’s second-placed club would not pose the Gunners any great problems.Arsenal largely controlled matters in the second half at the Emirates Stadium but were unable to add to their lead, before Boro’s Kike hit the woodwork with a header very late on.The Gunners dominated from the off, threatening the Middlesbrough target relentlessly.The hosts eventually moved ahead when, at the conclusion to a fine move, Santi Cazorla played a pass left to Kieran Gibbs, who centred low for Giroud to force a finish past Tomas Mejias with 27 minutes on the clock.The visiting goalkeeper had almost kept out the Frenchman’s effort from six yards but was given no chance two minutes later, as Giroud powerfully met Alexis Sanchez’s delivery at the near post while Boro’s defenders bemoaned the award of the corner kick. Sanchez almost made it three, chasing and getting a touch to Mesut Ozil’s through-ball. Mejias managed an important contact, allowing Adam Clayton to clear the danger.The Gunners were comfortable in the second period, going extremely close to adding to their lead when Mejias made a fantastic save to keep out Sanchez’s flicked header from an in-swinging Cazorla free-kick.Middlesbrough tentatively threatened one occasion, but Arsenal looked far more likely to net the next goal, with only less-than-clinical play in the final third keeping the visiting side in the clash.At the death – it would have been too late to facilitate the realistic possibility of a replay – Boro came within inches of scoring, as Kike headed Grant Leadbitter’s floated cross off a post.As it was, Arsenal secured what was a well-deserved two-goal triumph.last_img read more