Great News for Kenmare, it has been shortlisted by Failte Ireland for the 2013 Tourism Town Awards

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Did your town make the cut? Long list for Ireland’s Top Tourism Town announced

Now in its second year, the award is designed to recognise Irish towns and villages where the local community goes “the extra mile to enhance their appeal to tourists”.

THE LONG-LIST of 45 towns and villages from across the country that is being considered by Fáilte Ireland for the 2013 Tourism Towns Award has been announced.

Now in its second year, the award is designed to recognise Irish towns and villages where the local community goes “the extra mile to enhance their appeal to tourists”. The top ten towns each receive €1,000 with the eventual winner receiving a further €10,000, accompanied by marketing and development supports from Fáilte Ireland.

The top ten Highly Commended Tourism Towns will be announced at the National Tidy Towns Awards later in the year, and the overall winner to be announced in November.

Last year, the small fishing village of Portmagee in County Kerry received the honour. A community-led working group was subsequently formed in the town, which developed a three year plan focused on improving the overall visitor experience even further.

Patricia Kennedy, of the Tourism Town Committee with Portmagee, said the award has helped boost the tourism prospects of the town. “The local community have been hugely positive since the win and were delighted, humbled and proud with achieving this recognition. Everyone knew that this award wasn’t just for Portmagee as a tourism destination it was an award for the commitment and dedication of the whole community to a top class visitor experience.”

Now in its second year, the award will continue to focus on how participating towns have developed their local area in the following key tourism areas:

Sense of Place – how the town tells its own unique story to visitors, what’s special about it, and what distinguishes it from other towns
Local Involvement – how the local community works together to provide an authentic visitor experience
Tourism Products Available – what the town has to offer visitors
Development and promotion of the town – how the town takes a unified approach to marketing and developing the town into a “tourism town”

The Tourism Towns long-list:

TOWN COUNTY
Clonegal Co. Carlow
Ennis Co. Clare
Kilrush Co. Clare
Kilkee Co. Clare
Mountshannon Co. Clare
Tuamgraney Co. Clare
Cobh Co. Cork
Kinsale Co. Cork
Inishannon Co. Cork
Youghal Co. Cork
Skibbereen Co. Cork
Millstreet Co. Cork
Clonakilty Co. Cork
Castletownroche Co. Cork (North)
Rathbarry Co. Cork (West)
Letterkenny Co. Donegal
Doochary Co. Donegal
Raphoe Co. Donegal
Dalkey Co. Dublin
Listowel Co. Kerry
Kenmare Co. Kerry
Tralee Co. Kerry
Portmagee Co. Kerry
Inistioge Co. Kilkenny
Kilkenny Kilkenny
Portlaoise Co. Laois
Galbally Co. Limerick
Abbeyshrule Co. Longford
Drogheda Co. Louth
Dundalk Co. Louth
Westport Co. Mayo
Mulranny Co. Mayo
Murrisk Co. Mayo
Beal an Mhuirthead Co. Mayo
Castlebar Co. Mayo
Moynalty Co. Meath
Trim Co. Meath
Glaslough Co. Monaghan
Cadamstown Co. Offaly
Castlecoote Co. Roscommon
Rossadrehid Co. Tipperary
Cashel Co. Tipperary
Dungarvan Co. Waterford
Ballymacarby Co. Waterford
Lismore Co. Waterford

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