Groups discuss Barrow tourism boost

Local business owners and other interested parties recently attended a meeting in Abbey Hall in Graignamamagh to discuss the opportunities available to develop tourism in the Barrow Valley area.

Local business owners and other interested parties recently attended a meeting in Abbey Hall in Graignamamagh to discuss the opportunities available to develop tourism in the Barrow Valley area.

The meeting was organised by Kilkenny LEADER Partnership under the ‘Outdoor Tourism Project’ – a Kilkenny LEADER Partnership initiative funded by the Ireland /Wales INTERREG fund. The aim of this project is to develop activity tourism in the Barrow Valley area around Graignamanagh.

It is hoped to achieve this through the encouragement of existing and new businesses through the provision of financial and training supports, as well as the development of the Barrow Valley as a holiday destination and promoting it to potential markets.
The meeting was attended by 20 people who were operating tourism businesses or were interested in getting involved in tourism in the area.

A presentation was made by Amanda Horan of Failte Ireland, during which she outlined latest research by Failte Ireland in the target markets for Irish Tourism. In particular, the UK market, which it feels offers scope for increased tourism business in Ireland.

Tom McDonald gave a presentation on funding available from Kilkenny LEADER Partnership for the development of small tourism businesses in the area. This was followed by a lively discussion on the options for developing the area as a destination
and promoting this destination to the relevant markets.

In a further boost to the region, Graignamanagh Tidy Towns Committee has been granted permission to erect three granite statues of Cistercian monks at various locations. One of the statues will be erected on lands which is a protected structure.