The six Celtic Routes Project Partners and Irish Stakeholders of the €1.9 million euro project met today in Wexford County Council. The Irish Project Partners received their Interreg Project Plaques from the Project Managers Rhian Philips (Wales) and Oonagh Messette (Ireland).
The Celtic Routes Project, a co-funded European Territorial Co-Operation Ireland Wales Project aims to encourage visitors to explore new areas of Ireland and Wales. Led by Carmarthenshire County Council, the project will focus on the areas of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire in Wales and Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow in Ireland.
The Project aims to highlight hidden gems, and transform less well known areas from transit zones to new touring sites. This will increase the time visitors spend in these regions and capitalise on the opportunities to boost local economies and add value to the combined tourism offerings within the regions.
The project will be developed through customer research, trade events and workshops as well as cross border visits by businesses in Ireland and Wales to bring together expertise and ideas. The aim is to increase the visitor appeal of the targeted areas. By developing new trails, combining the themes of Tracing Your Roots; Pilgrim Trails; Landscape and Living Heritage; Film; Wildlife and Folklore over three market segments
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email Oonagh.Messette@wexfordcoco.ie or 053-9196698.
Left to Right: Ger Mackey, Wexford County Council; Graham Peake, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Cllr. Keith Doyle, Cathaoirleach, Wexford County Council; John Carley, Wexford County Council; Rhian Philips, Carmarthenshire County Council; Michael Nicholson, Wicklow County Council; Jayne Nicholson, Wicklow County Council; Gwenfair Owen, Ceredigion County Council
Left to Right:
Standing – Oonagh Messette, Wexford County Council; Colm Neville, Visit Wexford; Gwenfair Owen, Ceredigion County Council; John Carley, Wexford County Council; Jayne Nicholson, Wicklow County Council; Ger Mackey, Wexford County Council; Rhian Philips, Carmarthenshire County Council; Graham Peake, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
Seated – Cllr. Noel Gleeson, Leas Cathaoirleach, Southern Regional Assembly; Cllr. Keith Doyle, Cathaoirleach, Wexford County Council; Michael Nicholson, Wicklow County Council.
Workshop 20 November 2018
On the 20th of November the Project held a Workshop in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy. The event was very well attended by delegates from every facet of the Tourism business in the three project Counties. This project is a tight collaboration between the three Local Authorities in the Sunny South East of Ireland, and as this project is an Ireland / Wales co-funded project, we have partners in three areas in Wales. The project dictates that the routes in Ireland match as closely as possible to the routes devised for Wales – and we are in the process of ensuring that.
During the Workshop, the Project itself was introduced, the three Local Authorities gave a brief synopsis of what their plans are for the next few years. The Southern Regional Assembly gave an outline of where the Regional Economic Spatial Strategy is concentrating vis-à-vis Tourism. There were also speakers on the topic of Accessibility. Fáilte Ireland gave an update on Ireland’s Ancient East. The final presentation highlighted the Market Research conducted on the proposed Routes. A high volume of very constructive feedback was received in the Workshop session in the afternoon.
The presentations from the workshop can be viewed here: