Sam Maguire Tourism Trail awarded €47,500 grant

Posted on: 5th December, 2016

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

A Sam Maguire Tourism Trail for Dunmanway has been awarded a grant of €47,500 under the 2016 Town and Village Renewal Scheme. Welcoming the announcement, Dunmanway based independent county councilor, Declan Hurley said, “A Sam Maguire Tourism Trail, depicting the life of Sam Maguire will put Dunmanway firmily on the map and will give long overdue recognition to its famous son in his hometown of Dunmanway”.

According to Cllr. Hurley, “Dunmanway, over the years, has being overlooked as a tourist attraction or as a place that attracts visitors to West Cork and has being surpassed by other towns in West Cork.

In order to achieve the goal of ‘Dunmanway being a town to visit and explore’ a strong brand is required, which is synonymous and localised to Dunmanway and will present the opportunity to develop a unique and niche market centred in Dunmanway and its Hinterland.

The development of a Sam Maguire Tourism Trail, depicting the life of Sam Maguire, which I’ve been working on for a number of years will do just that and will also give long overdue recognition to its famous son in his hometown of Dunmanway,” he said.

As part of the 2016 Town and Village Renewal Scheme. An allocation of €380,000 was made available in each of the 26 Counties for Town and Village renewal projects.

€10m was allocated nationally and following the launch of the Scheme in August by Minister Heather Humphreys, all Local Authorities were invited to make submissions to the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs by the end of September.

According to Cllr. Hurley, “The Wild Atlantic Way has brought many benefits to West Cork, due to the nature of the route and the how it is promoted, it is mainly coastal towns that have benefited. A strategy must now be developed, which brings those visitors on the WAW inland and in order to entice them a town must have some central reason or focus to visit.

In a similar way to Clonakilty taking ownership of Michael Collins and following on that success, Dunmanway can also develop a central theme and tourism attraction around Sam Maguire,” he added.

“This fund will allow us to enguage consultants who will specifically focus on Dunmanway’s regeneration in social, economic and environmental terms, along with strong integrationl local and national initiatives. This announcement is a great start to a unique project for Dunmanway, which I’m looking forward to developing further,” concluded Cllr. Hurley.

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