Lovely Leitrim’s country’s best kept secret

Co Leitrim would appear to be one of the country’s best kept secrets when it comes to holiday destinations with just 1.05 percent of respondents to a recent survey stating they intended to visit the county for a break this year.

Co Leitrim would appear to be one of the country’s best kept secrets when it comes to holiday destinations with just 1.05 percent of respondents to a recent survey stating they intended to visit the county for a break this year.

The www.myhome.ie survey questioned 2,000 visitors to the website and the results showed just 19 respondents intended to holiday in Co Leitrim this year.

The only counties in the Republic which placed lower than Co Leitrim were Roscommon, Monaghan, Offaly, Laois, Carlow, Longford, Meath and Westmeath. More depressing were figures which showed that 5 percent of responds did not find the idea of holidaying in Co Leitrim appealing, with only Counties Dublin, Limerick, Longford and Laois faring worse in the poll.

Nearly three quarters of respondents said they felt the recession had, however, led to better value holiday pricing in Ireland with self-catering the accommodation of choice because it offered excellent value and a home from home atmosphere.

Carrick Chamber President, Gerry Faughnan said that he believed that people were catching on to the attractions of Co Leitrim and in particular the county town, Carrick-on-Shannon, however he acknowledged this would take time.

He pointed out that the Lakelands brand, created jointly by Failte Ireland and Waterways Ireland, had benefited the region and said that Leitrim Tourism had worked hard to promote the region but “obviously developing the brand of Leitrim takes time”.

He said that marketing campaigns such as www.mycarrick.ie would eventually pay dividends for local tourism and stressed the importance of promoting the county and its many attractions.

“It’s obviously important to get the word out about Co Leitrim. It’s not just lovely Leitrim. There are lots of activities to attract people here as well,” he said.