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Griffin is new Tourism Minister

Brendan Griffin has been appointed as Minister of State  for Tourism and Sport.


He was first elected to the Dáil in February 2011 from the Kerry South constituency, topping the poll with 8,808 first preference votes. He is a member of a number of Oireachtas Committees, including: Transport, Tourism and Sport (Chair); and Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands. He  has previously served as a member of Kerry County 
Council since June 2009, when he was elected from the Dingle Electoral Area. He also contested the 2004 local election in the same area, after which he worked as Parliamentary Assistant to Jimmy Deenihan TD, until 2007, when he established his own business
He succeeds Patrick O’Donovan who has moved to Finance and Public Expenditure.

Cannes Gold for Thrones campaign

 Tourism Ireland’s Game of Thrones campaign scooped two awards – a gold and a silver – at the  Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. 


 The Tourism Ireland campaign was awarded a Gold Lion for ‘Outdoor – Special Build’; in all, 20 campaigns were shortlisted for this particular category, including the likes of Nike, Microsoft and Heineken. Tourism Ireland also took the Silver Lion for ‘Use of Ambient Outdoor’. The accolades are particularly noteworthy given that the festival organisers announced this week that a total of 41,170 award entries had been received, across 24 different Lions categories.
 To date, Tourism Ireland’s ‘Doors of Thrones’ campaign has racked up over 30 awards and accolades from the marketing and advertising industry across Europe and the United States.
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Rathbarry is 'Best Kept Town'


Rathbarry, County Cork is the overall winner of Ireland’s Best Kept Town competition, 2017. The results were announced in Farmleigh House.
 Rathbarry also won the Best Kept Village category. Kenmare, County Kerry won the Best Kept Small Town category, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh won the Best Kept Large Town category and Antrim Town won the Best Kept Large Urban Centre category.
 Michael Ring, T.D., Minister for Rural and Community Development paid tribute to each of the category winners and also to the other towns that had been nominated for awards. The Minister congratulated all of the winners and nominees in this year’s competition, and in particular to Rathbarry for winning the overall title. He said;
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£2m investment at Galgorm

Work has begun on a £2 million investment programme at Northern Ireland’s Galgorm Resort & Spa. 


 The expansion will see the development of a 2 acre spa garden, two tier fitness suite, spa eatery and extension to one of its other F&B outlets.
 This investment, solely funded by Galgorm, will add to the existing,  facilities which include: 122 bedroom hotel, three AA rosette River Room restaurant, riverside Thermal Spa Village, gym and the wedding, conference and events offering. 

Waterford wins UK routes

Waterford Airport of the resumption of scheduled services to three cities in the UK, beginning in July 24, with services to London (Luton Airport), Manchester and Birmingham.
 wfdapt0617Welcoming the news,, Jenny de Saulles Head of Ireland’s Ancient East at Failte Ireland said: “Waterford is an important part of our Ireland’s Ancient East brand and any additional access into the south east is to be welcomed. Earlier this year, we worked with Waterford Airport to develop an innovative way of telling the story of Ireland’s Ancient East and create a sense of place that will resonate with visitors that pass through the airport and inspire them to visit for longer or to come back again. We look forward to welcoming many visitors on these new routes.”


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