The announcement this week that 150 new jobs will be created in Castlebar over the next three years will be a major boost for the town and for An Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The Taoiseach has come in for some serious criticism from a number of quarters recently in relation to his delivery of jobs and investment in his home town. The announcement by Northgate Information Solutions that it intends to create these new jobs will be seen as a significant success for Mr Kenny following the criticisms laid at him.
The news was announced on Wednesday morning, during a conference on Partnership and Innovation hosted by the West/North West Hospitals Group in NUI Galway.
A group of influential American tour operators visited Mayo recently. They followed an action-packed itinerary, which also took in Galway, Sligo, Donegal, Belfast, and Dublin. These tour operators are responsible for making the travel arrangements for a range of large groups across the United States – including choral, pilgrimage, Christian heritage and educational groups. Their fact-finding visit was a fantastic opportunity to showcase what Mayo and Ireland has to offer such groups. They enjoyed a tour of Westport House before visiting the Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre and the National Famine Monument in Murrisk. Carefully selected and invited here by Tourism Ireland in New York, the itinerary for the tour operators was designed by Fáilte Ireland.
Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s head of North America, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite these group tour organisers to visit Mayo and Ireland. We believe it is extremely important for decision-makers such as these to experience for themselves the high standard of the tourism product and the many things to see and do in Ireland, so they are better equipped to advise their clients on future travel plans. North America is an extremely important market for tourism to the island of Ireland and 2013 is shaping up to be a record year – with the latest CSO figures, to the end of September, showing North American visitor numbers up +14.6 per cent on the same nine-month period last year. Since last year, the Gathering has been a focus of Tourism Ireland’s promotions, to make Ireland a ‘must visit’ choice for a holiday in 2013, for both the Diaspora and non-Diaspora around the US.”
The Westport Festival of Music and Food has announced that Bryan Adams, one of the world’s most highly acclaimed musicians, will headline the family friendly boutique music festival which takes place in the picturesque grounds of Westport House and Adventure Park in on Saturday June 28 and Sunday June 29. Bryan will perform on the main stage on Sunday June 29.
Kool & The Gang have also been added to the line-up. They will be bringing large doses of funk, soul, R&B, American jazz and a bit of disco to the festival on the Sunday night.