The River Shannon has made it on to the longlist in The Irish Times competition The Best Place to Holiday in Ireland.
It joins 24 other holiday hotspots in the race to be named as Ireland’s best place to holiday. The other finalists include local destinations Boyle, Co Roscommon, the Lakeslands in Co Fermnagh and Strandhill, Co Sligo. Over 1,400 entries were submitted in total by members of the public. The winning place will be announced in The Irish Times on Monday, 27th May.
The entry for The Shannon River was submitted by Jennifer Joyce, who wrote: “Time slows down on the Shannon. Enjoy the pace of your boat as you travel through Loughs Derg, Ree, Allen and Erne. Cruise, then drop in to any of the picturesque harbours for a meal, or cook on board and enjoy the peace.”
The competition is being judged by a panel of four national experts from different walks of life comprising Eamon Ryan, Leader of the Green Party, tourism entrepreneur and former Minister; Margaret Jeffares, founder of the Good Food Ireland initiative and tourism entrepreneur; Rosita Boland, Irish Times journalist and author of A Secret Map of Ireland and Steve McPhilemy, Derry-based hostel owner and tour guide with Paddywagon Tours.
The winning destination will then be featured in full in the newspaper on Saturday 1st June, with photos and interviews with the people and businesses that make the place an ideal destination for a short break or a ‘staycation’. In addition, The Irish Times will host a celebration party in the winning holiday spot.