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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.
“Thousands are sailing, Again across the ocean, Where the hand of opportunity, Draws tickets in a lottery,” goes the second chorus from The Pogues’ song ‘Thousands are Sailing’ from 1988. While that song has its basis in the emigration history of the past, it is pretty relevant today with the most recent release of information from the Central Statistics Office.
The third annual US/Ireland Legal Symposium of the Brehon Law Society was officially launched last week by the Western Development Commission and Mayo County Council on behalf of the Brehon Law Society of Philadelphia in the presence of Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, former UN high commissioner for human rights, and current UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa.
Fáilte Ireland, the national tourism authority, has published its listing of Ireland’s top visitor attractions for 2012. National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park is among the list of top free attractions, recording 99,682 visitors.
MEP for Ireland North West and member of the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee, Jim Higgins, has welcomed proposed EU measures announced this week to limit the over-fishing of North Atlantic mackerel stocks.
By Linley MacKenzie
In Mayo in 2012, local businesses donated a total of €1,093,638 in cash and in kind donations to local charities and community groups. Some 990 hours were volunteered by local employees and some 185 community partnerships were supported by 19 companies.
Journey Through Ireland is an Irish owned and operated company specialising in providing personalised and exceptional value tours in Ireland. With over 30 years experience in the industry the crew know what their customers want and pride themselves on providing a first class service.
With Ireland just a few weeks into its EU presidency, a new European Movement/Red C poll has shown that 86 per cent of those polled in the North West EU Constituency believe that Ireland should remain part of the EU, with 83 per cent believing that Ireland has benefited overall from its membership of the EU.