Fáilte Ireland has honoured Carrick-on-Shannon as one of the top ten towns in Ireland making a difference to tourism at the 2014 Tourism Towns Awards Ceremony in Dublin. The highest accolades went to Kinsale and Westport who took home the titles of Best Small Town 2014 and Best Large Town 2014 respectively.
Congratulating Carrick-on-Shannon on reaching the top ten, CEO of Fáilte Ireland Shaun Quinn said: “I would like to commend the community of Carrick-on-Shannon for making the top ten at this year’s Tourism Town Awards. You are a great example of what can be achieved in tourism when all the local elements are aligned with a common purpose. I hope that the towns and villages recognised today will inspire other communities across Ireland to take similar steps.”
The Tourism Towns Award was designed by Fáilte Ireland to promote those Irish towns and villages which are working hardest to enhance their appeal to tourists visiting their local area.
Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring emphasised the important premise behind the Award scheme:
“This award is all about recognising those Irish towns, villages and communities which are putting their weight behind tourism and working hard to make their town even more attractive for tourists.
“Tourism performance in Ireland has always been underpinned by the friendliness and hospitality of the people and it is truly fitting that we have an award scheme to recognise that vital input.”
Kathleen Coleman, who accepted the award on behalf of Carrick-on-Shannon, said: “Being in the top 10 Tourism Towns cements Carrick-on-Shannon’s position as a popular tourist destination. It shows that when a community works together real results can happen. It has encouraged everyone, both businesses and locals, to make that extra effort to offer a Cead Mile Failte to the town’s many visitors. As a result of this high profile competition enormous publicity has been generated by national and local media for Carrick-on Shannon. Cleanliness, Friendliness, and Good Service is our motto!!”
The Judging Panel stated : The River Shannon is central to tourism in Carrick and provides a great amenity to the town. The Dock arts centre is a hub of activity, with rehearsals taking place for upcoming events, and a lovely art exhibition upstairs.
“The Tourist Office has an easy to follow Historical Guide booklet available and the trail meanders through the town, on and off Main Street and has some lovely buildings to see. Carrick has one of the best event calendars to be seen,