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Business Impact Celebration reveals Mayo businesses contributed more than €450,000 to local charities and community groups in 2013
In Mayo in 2013, businesses donated a total of €458,011 in cash and in kind donations to local charities and community groups. More than 1,295 hours were volunteered by local employees and over 134 community partnerships were supported. This information is being captured by Business in the Community Ireland, on an online interactive map entitled the Business Impact Map which gives a county by county breakdown of how companies such as A&L Goodbody, ESB, Intel Ireland, Diageo Ireland and their employees supported their local community groups and charities during 2013.
Tourism Ireland invited a group of top Swiss travel writers to explore Mayo and the Wild Atlantic Way this week. They were here to experience some of what Ireland has to offer, including our newest visitor experience, the Wild Atlantic Way – and to then inspire their readers to come and discover it for themselves.
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring this week announced €3.2m funding for the next phase of the Wild Atlantic Way development. As part of the overall funding package €360,000 has been allocated to Mayo for works on 24 discovery points and four embarkation points along the route.
The Cloak, a newly commissioned stage show written and directed by Irish artistic director Pádraig J Dunne is an explosion of Celtic song and dance showcasing the remarkable life of St Brigid of Kildare, which can only be described as spellbinding. Mr Dunne, who is known for his unique visionary techniques, will include a stunning audio visual presentation as part of the production shot in beautiful locations around Ireland including Glendalough, The Curragh, and Brittas Bay.
Galway city has been announced as one of top 10 finalists in the search for the ‘Foodie Town of Ireland’ which is being run by the Restaurants Association of Ireland, in association with Admailer.ie from An Post.
Some 800,000 Canadians and others around the world are to read all about Mayo and the Wild Atlantic Way as a couple of top travel bloggers, Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil, are travelling around the county and recording their experiences as guests of Tourism Ireland.
IT WAS the ultimate grudge match - the Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland, Windsor Park, Belfast, November 17 1993.
Electric Escapes, a Westport based company that offers cycling hire and tours on its electric bikes, was part of a seven strong delegation of Irish tourist companies that joined Tourism Ireland at the 2014 Telegraph Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show in London recently. This was the first time that Tourism Ireland had a presence at the four-day event – the largest exhibition in Britain for adventure and outdoors enthusiasts – which attracts some 55,000 visitors each year. It was an ideal opportunity to highlight Mayo and Ireland to those who want to get away from the stress of a busy life and are interested in active experiences and exciting exploration of the countryside.
Westport House was among 10 tourism enterprises from Ireland which travelled to London last weekend to join Tourism Ireland for Excursions, an annual group travel show which attracts about 1,000 influential coach and group tour operators from around Great Britain.
Budget 2014 is a further boost for tourism with the retention of the nine per cent VAT rate, the travel tax cut to €0, and €8 million provided for the Wild Atlantic Way tourism route, according to the Minister for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring.