Roscommon/South Leitrim Fine Gael TD, Fank Feighan, has said a meeting he has scheduled with Fáilte Ireland, involving Boyle Chamber of Commerce and Roscommon County Council, will be exploring ways of capitalising on the huge success of Chris O’Dowd and the Moone Boy series.
“Chris, a proud native of Boyle, has already become a global household name but his decision to film many of the Moone Boy scenes in his hometown has further provided Boyle and Roscommon with a fantastic opportunity to promote the county’s tourism offerings,” he told the Leitrim Observer.
“The filming of scenes of Moone Boy has generated lots of national and international publicity which we all agree should be exploited for the benefits of Roscommon tourism. I am delighted Fáilte Ireland has readily taken up my invitation to meet Boyle Chamber of Commerce, Roscommon County Council and other stakeholders to discuss ideas and provide practical advice as to how best to do this. The meeting will be taking place in early October.
“There is no reason why we can’t exploit the tourism potential of Boyle as a renowned film location. For example, Cong, the location of the legendary Quiet Man film, has managed to do this very successfully with its guided tours and cottage museum. I believe we can explore this as one of the avenues to attract visitors who can then see at first hand the wonderful scenery around Boyle, particularly at Lough Key Forest Park.”
Deputy Feighan added that Chris O’Dowd is a “wonderful asset to his home town of Boyle and the county. Indeed, he has been full square behind a recent Roscommon tourism marketing campaign and we should continue to promote Chris as tourism ambassador for the county at every opportunity,” he said.