Fáilte Ireland launched its ambitious plans for 2023 last month and it was fantastic for myself and the Fáilte Ireland team to meet so many of you in person at the regional briefing sessions. For those of you who missed the opportunity to join, you can watch our national plans launch and view each regional presentation here.
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the official opening of Mount Congreve House and Gardens in Co. Waterford. The fantastic new visitor experience, which received €7million in funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development, Waterford City and County Council and Fáilte Ireland, is the largest investment in a visitor attraction in Waterford. Learn more about the opening here.
This month, we kick-off the traditional tourism season with the St. Patrick’s Day bank holiday weekend. This year, Fáilte Ireland is once again supporting the national St. Patrick’s Festival, which takes place in Dublin from 16th-19th March. This will be the biggest St. Patrick’s celebration to date and will drive €50million in economic impact in Dublin. We are also pleased to support regional St. Patrick’s Day events and celebrations in Cork, Killarney, Limerick, Waterford, Sligo, and Kilkenny, driving visitors to regional locations across the weekend.
While we are busy with the start of the season, we are also already planning for 2024. From 20th-22nd March 2023, Fáilte Ireland’s annual Meitheal trade show will take place in the INEC in Killarney and will welcome 234 overseas buyers from 17 countries to engage with 448 Irish tourism partners.
Mar fhocal scoir, ós rud é gur Seachtain na Gaeilge atá ann, ba mhaith liom an deis seo a thapú chun gach rath a ghuí oraibh go léir don bhliain atá romhainn.
I would like to wish each and every one of you a successful and prosperous season ahead.
Mise le meas/Kind regards,