Adare has been named as one of the top 10 tourist towns in the country at Fáilte Ireland’s Tourism Towns Awards.
The County Limerick village was highly commended in the Best Small Towns category, with the judges highlighting a number of unique tourism-orientated features. These include the river walk, the guided tours through the Desmond Castle, the heritage centre and the overall warm welcome for all visitors.
They added: “A great sense of history with the castle and abbey and of course the thatched cottages are a great attraction”.
Congratulating Adare on reaching the top ten, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring said: “These awards are all about honouring the towns that put tourism at the centre of what they do and reaching the top ten is worthy recognition for all that they have done to welcome visitors to their town.
“The people of Adare truly understand tourism and value their visitors. Ultimately, this shows in the quality of what they have to offer and in the warmth of their welcome.”
Delighted to accept Adare’s certificate of merit was Michael Brennan,
“The Failte Ireland Tourism Towns 2015 initiative has been of huge benefit to Adare,” Mr Brennan said.
“Building on the effort of the Tidy Town’s members, other groups including; the Adare Business Assocation [ABA], the Community Council and The Active Retirement Group, really rowed in to help make Adare the best tourist town.
“We are delighted to have made it to the top 10 Tourist Towns. It gives us a new sense of purpose to ensure that Adare looks great and that each and every tourist experiences a real ‘Welcome to Adare’.”
The Tourism Towns Award was designed by Fáilte Ireland to promote those Irish towns and villages which are working hardest to enhance their appeal to tourists visiting their local area. In the run—up to the awards, a team of mystery shoppers visited each town to measure their tourism performance and the level of welcome to visitors.
Among the other winners were Tralee, Co Kerry, Lismore, Co Waterford, Cobh, Co Cork and Kilkenny.