Dympna is Top Chef

Budding chefs and seasoned professionals scooped top honours at the second annual Flogas Mayo Master Chef Competition  at the Mayo Abbey Cookery School Claremorris. It is supported by the Chefs of Mayo Club, which set out the competition rules and criteria for each class and organised the professional jud


ging panel.

Pictured is Dymphna Killeen, Claremorris, a student at Mayo Abbey cookery School who came 1st in the Junior Chef class and 3rd in the Plated Dessert Class.

Michael Keogh, local area representative for Flogas, presented the prizes to the winners.

Vikings return to Clontarf PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frank Corr   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 07:53

Tourism Ireland invited a group of influential travel and lifestyle journalists – from Norway, Sweden and Denmark – to attend last weekend’s Battle of Clont


arf re-enactment and to visit some of our other Viking-related sites and attractions in Waterford and elsewhere around Ireland.

During their time in Waterford, the journalists enjoyed a guided tour of the Viking Triangle, which included a visit to Reginald’s Tower and the Waterford Museum of Treasures. Their itinerary was designed by Fáilte Ireland.

They are pictured with with Desmond Burke, Tourism Ireland (fourth left), and Donnchadh Ó Ceallacháin, Waterford Museum of Treasures (second right), at Reginald’s Tower in Waterford.

Tourism Ireland is using the 1,000th anniversary of the famous Battle of Clontarf as a ‘hook’ to shine a spotlight on Waterford and Ireland in Scandinavia right now. A busy programme of PR and publicity activity, as well as social media, is reminding prospective holidaymakers there about the historical links between their countries and ours – and inviting them to come and discover the many sites and attractions in Ireland with Viking connections.

Search for Tourism Towns PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frank Corr   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 07:51

Fáilte Ireland today opened applications from eligible towns across the country for the 2014 Tourism Towns Award – eligible towns are those ranked in the top 100 TidyTowns for 2013 and the closing date for applications is Thursday 22nd May 2014.

In a change to previous years, the 2014 process will honour two overall winners – Best Small Town and Best Large Town each winning €5,000 along with marketing and development supports from Fáilte Ireland.

The award, now in its third year, is all about recognising Irish towns and villages where the local community goes the extra mile to enhance their appeal to tourists.  Last year Kilkenny took home the overall crown with Portmagee the inaugural award in 2012.

Officially opening the call for applications, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring said –

Varadkar in China PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frank Corr   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 07:47

A new direct air link between China and Ireland will be top of Minister Leo Varadkar's shopping list during hisi current visit to China.

A direct service would open up Ireland to many potential Chinese tourists.

Minister Varadkar is this week promoting Ireland as a tourism destination at one of the world’s most important tourism conferences in China.

The Minister is addressing the opening of the Global Summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in Sanya, China along with a range of leading figures in the global travel and tourism industry.

He is also undertaking promotional work in Shanghai and Beijing, supporting the Irish aviation sector, and meeting the diaspora and the GAA.

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