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Killary Gaelforce were delighted to be announced as the winner of the National Sport Tourism Innovation Award at a presentation attended by Paul O’Connell and Keith Wood in Limerick last night. The award was to be conferred on an event that has, in the European Sport Tourism Summit’s own words, ‘demonstrated the greatest level of innovation in delivery, participant or visitor experience’.
Killary Gaelforce now organises nine events each year ranging from a 10km trail run to their iconic 67km adventure race Gaelforce West. Their events attract visitors from all over the world. Having brought adventure racing to Ireland 10 years ago they have become the leading name in this exciting sport and Gaelforce West has become the race that everyone wants to complete.
As part of Killary Adventure Co., Killary Gaelforce is an important component of an organisation that has been to the forefront of innovation in the adventure industry in Ireland for over 30 years. Adventure holidays, cycling and walking tours and global expeditions are all part of their business, which they have managed to sustain and expand through the economic downturn.
Mona Purcell, Race Director for Killary Gaelforce, said “We are delighted to have been awarded this National Innovation award as it recognises the efforts we have made to lead the way in adventure race organisation in Ireland. It has always been our objective to continually improve, expand and innovate in what we offer in order to stay at the forefront of the industry”.
Over recent years there has been a huge increase in the numbers of people looking to get fit, health & outdoors. There has also been a growth in the numbers travelling to Ireland to experience it’s great outdoors and rural landscape. The new cycle greenway in Westport, Co. Mayo is a great example of this, helping to create a number of jobs in the area in a relatively short time.
Walking Way marked ways have been a feature in Ireland for many years, with the Western Way being one of the longer routes. This hiking trail begins in Oughterard and finishes in Bonniconlon, Co. Mayo, some 200km away. It takes in some of the most beautiful parts of Galway including Maum, Inagh Valley & Killary Harbour before heading into Mayo. The trail has excellent potential to progress to an International standard multi-day trail in the West of Ireland, helping to create employment as well as a free amenity for the local communities.
Both Forum Connemara Ltd, along side South West Mayo Dev. Co., have been working together through the Rural Recreation Programme to bring the Western Way up to standard. As part of this project new map boards will be erected in the next week or so, helping to bring the trail back to life and easier for walkers to experience. This is the first step in developing this amazing long distance walking trail, which will compete with more established trails such as the Kerry/Wicklow Way and possibly the West Highland Way in the near future. “We are delighted to be working on this great trail, helping to revive it” states Rosaleen Ní Shúilleabháin, Rural Recreational Officer, “The trail travels over such a beautiful and diverse landscape with stunning scenery. The local landowners play a key part in the success of the trail.”
The trail will be relaunched by Michael Gibbons, one of Ireland’s leading field archaeologists, at this years Leenane Mountain Walking Festival on the May1st at 7pm in the car park and will be followed by refreshments. All interested parties & individuals are invited to attend, to view the new boards, find out more about the trail and how you can benefit from it.
More details on the launch will be available on the www.leenanevillage.com, on facebook page www.facebook.com/saveforumconnemara or by calling Rosaleen on 087 737 5599
To the members of Connemara Chamber of Commerce
Please note that the Annual General Meeting of Connemara Chamber of Commerce will take place on Thursday 23rd April 2015 at 6pm at Clifden Town Hall.
Elections will take place for the positions of:
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
All nominations should be received 7 days in advance of the meeting and must have the consent of the nominees. The Nominees must be present at the meeting to be selected.