Local councillors have cautioned against a knee-jerk reaction to a recent survey which suggested that the county was the least appealing for a holiday.
Just over 1,700 people took part in the holiday survey which was carried out by property website MyHome.ie
When asked ‘what is your favourite county in Ireland to holiday in?’ 0.5 % of respondents cited Co Leitrim, putting us at equal 15th place in terms of popularity, with Counties Down, Limerick and Tipperary.
However, when asked separately ‘what is the least appealing county for a holiday’, Leitrim received the most votes followed by Counties Laois and Dublin.
Speaking at last Monday’s Ballinamore Municipal District meeting Council Cathaoirleach, Cllr Paddy O’Rourke said that it was important to know what methodology was employed by those carrying out the survey.
“I’m not calling the survey into question but it is important not to take a simplistic view of the results,” he said.
The Cathaoirleach pointed out that it was vital people in Co Leitrim look to promoting the positives in their county instead of fixating on the findings of a survey based on just 1,700 people.
“This is just a single survey, featuring opinions gathered on a single day from a very small section of the population,” he pointed out.
Cllr Brendan Barry agreed noting that the county had played host to many successful festivals and events this year including the Joe Mooney Summer School last week which attracted thousands of visitors from across the globe to Drumshanbo.
“I’m sure that we will see the same at the Ballinamore Festival in August and at other events (in the county). I don’t think anyone should read too much into this survey,” he argued.
Fine Gael councillor, John McCartin agreed noting that, for its size and population, “I believe our county is “boxing well above its weight in terms of tourism,
“If you want to get a realistic idea of where Co Leitrim stands in terms of tourism you have to undertake a pro-rata examination of figures coming to the county. We have lots of festivals and events which attract people to the county and I don’t believe that is reflected in the results of this survey,” he said.
However, he stressed it was vital that we do more to promote tourism attractions within the county.
“There is more to this county than the Shannon and Glencar Waterfall. We have a wealth of cultural tourism in the county which isn’t receiving the recognition it deserves,” he told the meeting this week.