Tourism News

Over 1,200 expected for ‘Quest Sligo’

South and West Sligo will be the place to be on Saturday 22nd August next when adventure racers from all over the country descend on the northwest.

They will be here for Sligo’s newest adventure race, Quest Sligo, which involves trail running, cycling and kayaking.

Registration opens next Friday, February 7th, for this event which will give participants the opportunity to experience the beauty of areas of South and West Sligo, such as Temple House Lake, Ladies Brae, the Ox Mountains and Coolaney.

Available to people of all fitness levels and abilities, participants have the option of three scenic routes: a 35km Challenge, 54km Sport or 73km Expert.

Organisers says that as a general rule, if a person can run a 10km race, they can sign up for a Quest Adventure Race.

Director of Quest Events, Oliver Kirwan, says their route design team has been working hard in the area over the past couple of months to map out the course.

Quest Adventure Series are also working with support from South and West Sligo Tourism Network to bring this high-profile event to the area.

Tourism Network Chairman Councillor Paul Taylor says that with an estimated 1,200 adventure racers expected to attend, this event will bring a significant boost to the Sligo economy.

racers expected to attend, this event will bring a significant boost to the Sligo economy.


The Western Drama Three Act Drama Festival Launch is in St Brigid’s Hall Theatre @ 7:30 on 15 Feb 2020. This year Daniel Davey will launch the 2020 Three Act Drama Festival . An interesting programme is planned for the event which kicks off at 7:30 on 15 Feb (Valentines Weekend) in St Brigid’s Hall Theatre.

This will be a fun night for everyone where a special ambiance and Valentines magic 💫 will be created by WDF.
We look forward to meeting you there, treat yourself and come and enjoy our wine 🍷and refreshments while chatting about the plays.
Daniel author of the book, Eat Up Raise Your Game will no doubt take the opportunity to offer advice on the optimum manner to celebrate the Valentines or any occasion while keeping an eye on a balanced approach to indulgence! This promises to be an interesting evening as the WDF hosts this novel event, no doubt there will be plenty of drama in the air.

Green is the New Black!

Green is the New Black!
~ Submit your offer for the big island of Ireland sale ~ Tourism Ireland has announced details of its new ‘Green is the new black’ campaign to leverage St Patrick’s Day. The campaign has been designed to build on the success of Tourism Ireland’s annual Global Greening initiative – by extending the impact and sharpening the commercial returns of the Global Greening for tourism operators around the island of Ireland and travel trade overseas. 

The aim is to generate significant ‘buzz’ overseas, to capitalise on the exposure for Ireland delivered by the Global Greening initiative – and stimulate sales at a key booking period.

Details of the criteria for ‘Green is the new black’ offers and how to get involved can be found here.

Click here to read our press release. 

CSO figures confirm weaker picture

CSO figures confirm weaker picture Today’s figures from the CSO confirm that we welcomed almost 8.4 million overseas tourists to Ireland during January-September 2019 – up +1% on the same period in 2018. Revenue from overseas tourists in the same period was almost €4.1 billion – this was flat on 2018. The figures confirm that 2019 has been a very mixed experience for Irish tourism.

You can read our full statement here.

Last week, we launched our new three year-strategy for 2020-2022 and our marketing plans to promote the island of Ireland overseas next year. The aim, given a fair wind, is to grow overseas tourism revenue to €6.54 billion (+13%) and visitor numbers to 12 million (+7%), by 2022.

Click on Industry Opportunities to see how you can get involved in our activities overseas.