Council launches Leitrim Ambassador publication “Leitrim – Where it all begins”

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Council launches Leitrim Ambassador publication “Leitrim – Where it all begins”

Councillors Enda Stenson, Felim Gurn, Paddy O’Rourke, Frank Dolan, Paddy Farrell & Gerry Dolan. Front l-r: Finola Armstrong-McGuire, Sean McGowan, Enda McGloin, Mary Bohan & Sean McDermott

On Wednesday evening last, October 23, Leitrim County Council launched the Leitrim Ambassador publication “Leitrim – Where it all begins”.

Carole Coleman MC for the event welcomed everyone to the reception organised to launch the publication and recognise the significant contribution the Ambassadors make on an ongoing basis.

Back Row L-R, Cllr Enda Stenson, Cllr Felim Gurn, Tim Boland, Tullynamoyle Wind Farm, Aoife McNiffe, Mc Niffe’s Bakery, Pat Rigney, The Shed Distillery, Cllr Paddy O’Rourke, Cllr Frank Dolan, Cllr Paddy Farrell, Sham Hanifa, The Cottage, Cllr Gerry Dolan, Ronan Haslette, Merenda Ltd, Margaret Kasser, Eurolingo, Lena Kasser, Eurlingo. Front Row L-R, Detta McNiffe, McNiffe’s Bakery, Cllr Finola Armstrong-McGuire, Cllr Sean McDermott, Cllr Enda McGloin, Cathaoirleach LCC, Marie White (representing her brother Padraic White). Pictures: Willie Donnellan.

Leitrim County Council following on from the Local Government Reform of 2014 has a leadership role to play in the economic development of the County and has a significant part to play in the future sustainability and job creation in Leitrim.

Economic development of the county is at the forefront of the work of the Council and there is continued focus on promoting the county as a place to work, invest, live and visit. It was through this focus that the concept of the “Ambassador Publication” was born.

The “Ambassadors” were approached in 2018 and agreed to be part of the publication. Carole Coleman, a Carrick-on-Shannon native working as a journalist, broadcaster and speaker, conducted the interviews with the Ambassadors and local photographer Brian Farrell was commissioned to take the stunning photography for this publication.

Back Row L-R: Tim Boland, Tullynamoyle Wind Farm, Aoife McNiffe, McNiffe’s Bakery, Sham Hanifa, The Cottage, Pat Rigney, The Shed Distillery, Cllr Enda McGloin, Cathaoirleach, Leitrim County Council, Ronan Haslette, Merenda Ltd, Marie White, (representing her brother Padraic White), Noeleen Tyrell, Ardnahoo Health Farm, Margaret Kasser, Eurolingo, Lar Power, Chief Executive, Leitrim County Council, Joseph Gilhooly, Director of Service, Leitrim County Council. Front Row L-R, Detta McNiffe, McNiffe’s Bakery, Eithne Ní Bhrádaigh, Vistamed Ltd, Michael Harding, Writer, Lena Kasser, Eurolingo, Cormac Kearns, Masonite, Carole Coleman (MC for the event)

“Leitrim – Where it all begins” the ambassador publication will now be used by Leitrim County Council to promote County Leitrim as a place to invest if someone was thinking about setting up a new business or indeed a larger city-based company considering Leitrim as a second site.

This publication can be shared with them to give an insight into the wonderful opportunities there are in Leitrim to establish and develop a business.

The ambassadors are as follows:
Pat Rigney – The Shed Distillery
Noeleen Tyrell – Ardnahoo Health Farm
Detta & Aoife Mc Niffe – McNiffe’s Bakery
Margaret &Lena Kasser – Eurolingo
Tim Boland – Tullynamoyle Wind Farm
Padraig Whyte – Former MD, IDA Ireland
Michael Harding –Writer
Grace Roche – Pretty Bird
Philip Martin – Cora Systems
Ronan Haslette – Merenda Ltd
Sham Hanifa – The Cottage Restaurant
Eithne Ni Bhradaigh – Vistamed
Cormac Kearns - Masonite

Cllr Enda McGloin, Cathaoirleach of Leitrim County Council, pointed out that “This quality publication will now be used as a key tool by the Economic Development Team and the team within the Local Enterprise Office to encourage future economic development and job creation in the county.

“In addition, it will be shared with agencies such as IDA and Enterprise Ireland who are working on supporting the economic development of the county in addition to Leitrim County Council.”

The Cathaoirleach also commented that the Ambassadors are already promoting the best Leitrim has to offer in what they do every day and being nominated as a Leitrim Ambassador is just Leitrim County Council’s way of recognising the significant input already being delivered by this group of people.