South & West Sligo Tourism launch ‘Sligo's Hidden Gems' brochure

“Sligo’s Hidden Gems to Treasured Destinations”

The launch of the South & West Sligo’s Hidden Gems’ Tourism brochure took place in the Ocean Sands Hotel, Enniscrone recently. This is a genuine community initiative, planned and produced by a dedicated committee of volunteers and local tourism businesses. The aim is to showcase and unveil the hidden gems and treasures of south and west Sligo.

“South Sligo Tourism was established to boost visitor numbers and tourism revenue in the region”, said Cllr. Paul Taylor, Chairman, South & West Sligo Tourism, “This brochure is a tangible step towards achieving our aim. Now we have a publication which specifically highlights all that we have to offer in this area.  The tourism spotlight will illuminate the treasures of south and west Sligo which have for so long remained undiscovered”.

The brochure is both practical and eye-catching. In addition to detailing the many tourist attractions, it also contains a comprehensive map and full calendar of events for 2018, including a weekly Irish music session guide. Right across the south and west Sligo region there are activities and festivals in from music, heritage, crafts, dancing and drama. The brochure will be an invaluable aid to planning a holiday and are likely to prove very popular with locals as well as visitors.

The launch itself was a microcosm of all that’s good in the region. It’s impossible to imagine a more suitable backdrop than Temple House and while the soaring birds of prey from Eagles Flying might have been at home in the surroundings, the lawn was an unusual home for the kayaks of Wild Wet Adventures, who usually reside in the lake nearby. Inside, other local attractions showcased their wares including Woodlands Equestrian Centre, Tubbercurry Golf Club and Beltra Country Market. Even the vast interior of Temple House is not big enough to house all the attractions that South & West Sligo has to offer, but the tasters served to whet the appetites of all present. Visitors can look forward to walking in the rolling low lands of the Ox Mountains, learning Irish music at the Coleman Music Centre, taking in a Ceili during the South Sligo Summer School or just relaxing and enjoying the pace of life in this delightful area.

The REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zone) project 2016, led by Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce and Sligo County Council, facilitated the setting up of the South Sligo Tourism Group. This group is a shining example of how real partnership can and does work within communities. Through them South & West Sligo is emphatically claiming its place on the Irish tourism map.

For more information check them out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/southsligotourism or Twitter www.twitter.com/visitsouthsligo #SouthSligo

More Information:

Contact: Paul Taylor, Chairman, South & West Sligo Tourism

E: southsligotourism@gmail.com M: 087-6794509

Pride of Place Awards Winners

It is with great Pride that I write to you all, On Saturday night a small delegation from Tubbercurry and Sligo County Council traveled to Belfast to the annual Pride of Place Awards Ceremony on Saturday (26 November), Tubbercurry, Co Sligo was presented with one of the top awards in the Competition.

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It took runner up place in category three, which is for areas with populations of between 1,000 and 2,000.

The winners of the Pride of Place awards, known affectionately by many as the ‘Community Oscars’, were announced at the special gala event in Belfast Waterfront Hall in front of an audience of approximately 1000 guests and VIPs with many more people tuning in on-line to watch the live broadcast of the ceremony.

Now in its 14th year, the all-island Pride of Place Awards promotes and celebrates the best in community development and recognises the selfless efforts of people in making their neighbourhoods better places to live, work and socialise. This year, a broad spectrum of groups were nominated, ranging from small rural communities to inner city housing estates.

The Pride of Place Awards are divided into three awards sections – the main, the cities and the special awards and during the evening a total of 53 awards were announced by TV personality Claire McCollum. The awards ceremony was hosted by Belfast City Council, with the Belfast School of Music, Streetwise Community Circus, Belfast Community Gospel Choir and The James Peak Experience providing the entertainment.

The winners were presented with their awards by Lord Mayor of Belfast Alderman Brian Kingston, Councillor Matt Garrett, Chairperson of Belfast City Council’s People and Communities Committee, Dr. Christopher Moran, Chairman Co-operation Ireland, Tom Dowling Chairman of the Pride of Place Committee and George Jones, Chairman of IPB, the event sponsors.