Ballinamore is getting ready to open it’s Tourism and Angling Information Centre in the next few weeks.
The opening is an exciting development for the town and its environs as it will help to inform and promote the region to all visitors , while also providing a focal point in the town to gather resources and information about local services and events.
It is hoped the centre will become an umbrella for all the businesses, services and amenities in the Ballinamore and South Leitrim area.
The Tourism and Angling Committee took over the old HSE clinic in the middle of the town this year and have renovated and repaired the inside and outside.
Terry Shortt, Chairperson of Ballinamore Angling and Tourism committee said they hope they will be able to get a grant to employ someone who can provide the information and resources to the public six days a week.
He said they want to have the centre full of information so they can promote the lakes, angling and tourism of the area.
The public information centre will also have a dedicated John McGahern Room.
Ballianmore are hosts a number of angling competitions and this year the World Pairs Championship will be held in the local lakes.
Mr Shortt said the committee is made up of dedicated enthusiasts and local business people eager to promote the area.
Terry explained that with Drumcoura Cowboys and Heros festival coming up the whole town will turn American Country with flags, bunting and dressing up.
Ballinamore will also celebrate it's 50th Family Festival this year so it is the perfect time to open up the centre.
Terry thanked everyone who has helped to get the centre up and running so far including the HSE, Leitrim County Council, Waterways Ireland and Leitrim development Company.
They are still looking for further funding but hope to have the place open to the public by the end of May.
Terry told the Leitrim Observer Ballinamore gets a large number of international visitors each year and they aim to keep them entertained by informing them of all the walks, activities and sights of the region.
The local cycling club meets in centre and they are also associated with the Greenway proposed route from Balturbet to Mohill.
Ballinamore Angling was awarded €2,000 and the Tourism Office granted €1,500 from Leitrim Tourism and Events Sector Grants Scheme this week.