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‘Forgotten' Seven Heads still forgotten

January 22nd, 2019 10:10 PM

By Emma Connolly

‘Fáilte Ireland need to step up,' said Barry Holland.

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THE ‘forgotten Seven Heads peninsula’ is no closer to being officially included in the Wild Atlantic Way, despite delivering everything Fáilte Ireland had asked of them to be listed on the tourism route. 

A group called Seven Heads Peninsula Tourism started lobbying to be part of the WAW in May 2017, but according to its chairman Barry Holland, they are ‘still in exactly the same place in January 2019.’

Following a meeting with Fáilte Ireland last year, it was agreed to review the route with the group invited to submit an official proposal for the peninsula, which includes Courtmacsherry, Butlerstown, Lislevane, Ring and Clonakilty. 

‘However, we didn’t even get that document, to be part of the review, until last December. We have a good working relationship with Fáilte Ireland but the delay has prompted a lot of local frustration at this stage,’ said Barry. ‘Fáilte Ireland need to step up,’ he said ahead of an information meeting the group are holding next Thursday. 

The tourism body had asked that Courtmacsherry extend its tourism season and invest in its walks. 

‘We’ve delivered both of those. It’s now time for Fáilte Ireland to set the ball in motion,’ he said.

A meeting takes place on Thursday, January 24th in Butlerstown Hall at 9pm.

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