NewcastleWest.ie: New ‘shop window’ for County Limerick town with website launch

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

NewcastleWest.ie is launched at the Longcourt Hotel

NewcastleWest.ie is launched at the Longcourt Hotel

THE new website for Newcastle West, which was launched this week, will be a source of information for locals as well as for visitors and is part of the overall plan to promote and develop the county town.

“A good website is your shop window to the rest of the country and to the world and there are so many good things to shout about in Newcastle West,” said Tríona Dore of the Newcastle West Development Association, who was MC at the launch this Monday.

The website NewcastleWest.ie was put in place through collaboration between Limerick City and County Council and the Newcastle West Development Association which identified a website as a key element in its five-year plan for the town, Deputy Mayor Cllr Michael Collins pointed out.

“Months of work have gone into the creation of the website and the procurement of content for what definitely is a website worthy of Newcastle West,” he said. “What is important is that it has been created in conjunction with the people of Newcastle West.”

“It is very important we make sure all businesses buy into Newcastlewest.ie,” he added.

Anyone clicking into NewcastleWest.ie will find comprehensive information on where to stay and things to do in the town along with information on food and drink, history and heritage, fashion and retail, sports and recreation, clubs and organisations and how to get to Newcastle West.

There is dedicated content for families, teenagers and grown-ups, and the site comes with imagery, videos and content specific to Newcastle West, its surrounding countryside and the greater Limerick area. It will be curated and moderated by staff of Limerick City and County Council and updated on a regular basis. 

Launching the website, Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan said it would build on the development of Newcastle West as a destination location. It also had the benefit of being live, thanks to the involvement of Limerick City and County Council, he pointed out. “It is important that what is posted is accurate and portrays us in the most positive light,” he said.

The last number of months had seen many positive developments in the area, Minister O’Donovan said, pointing to the funds allocated through the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. And funds were now through for many elements in the Development Association’s five-year-plan he pointed out.

“NewcastleWest.ie will be an important tool in helping us move the town forward with all thestakeholders community, voluntary, business and state agencies working together,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of Newcastle West Development Association, Seamus Hunt urged people to visit the site, to register with the site and to  give them their feedback. “We’re hoping that the people of the town get behind us, submit news, directory listings, information, events, blogs and features as its success is going to be determined by how the people of Newcastle West embrace it.”

The website is hosted on Limerick.ie, the council’s digital platform which acts as a one-stop-shop for information on living, working, visiting and doing business in Limerick and which was named as one of the top 25 tourism websites in the world last year.  

Anyone visiting Limerick.ie will have full access to content on NewcastleWest.ie and anyone visiting NewcastleWest.ie will have access to the Limerick content.