FURTHER calls have been made to extend the Wild Atlantic Way tourist trail into Limerick City.
At the monthly meeting of Limerick’s local authority, Cllr Maria Byrne called for the city to be included on the trail, which stretches from Donegal’s Inishowen peninsula to the Cork town of Kinsale.
Currently, only Foynes in West Limerick is on the trail.
But Cllr Byrne said given Limerick’s location, it must be included on the route.
“We should write to Failte Ireland and the Tourist Minister to express our dissatisfaction and ask that Limerick in future be included,” the Fine Gael councillor said.
While other councillors were supportive of Cllr Byrne’s motion, there was a feeling that perhaps it was too late.
“The horse has already bolted here,” said Labour councillor Joe Leddin.
Barrister Emmett O’Brien, an Independent councillor, said: “I think we have missed an amazing opportunity in Limerick. The three Chambers did not make a submission at the time. We are at a big loss in Limerick.”
Sinn Fein councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh added: “It is sad to see us missing such an opportunity, that people who are touring the west of Ireland are completely missing out on the city.”
Cllr Leddin said there has always been a “disengagement” between Failte Ireland - who pioneered the route - and Limerick.
“I feel we are the forgotten region when it comes to Failte Ireland,” said Cllr Leddin.
Former Shannon Development executive Cllr Marian Hurley supported the notice of motion.
She said there was little her former employer could have done when it came to Limerick’s omission.