Rail Group’s Seminar Aimed At Boosting Greater Use Of Line

Nenagh Rail Partnership is to host a seminar in Nenagh on how to develop tourism and commuter using our rail services.

Nenagh Rail Partnership is to host a seminar in Nenagh on how to develop tourism and commuter using our rail services.

The seminar, Reviving Rural Rail, will be held in the Abbey Court Hotel from Friday, June 17, to Sunday, June 19.

“Our aim is to attract a range of people to Nenagh over the weekend to discuss and explore ways of enhancing sustainable tourism and foster greater use of rail throughout Ireland,” said Nenagh Rail Partnership chair Cllr Virginia O’Dowd.

She said that the theme of the weekend was Reviving Rural Rail, and was looking at using sustainable tourism to increase visitor numbers, increase spending and having better services.

“Irish Rail and Failte Ireland recently launched an initiative to get more people using our railways for tourism activities. Here in North Tipperary we have an array of products that we can offer, from walking, cycling, fishing, horse-riding and water activities and sports as well as having some fantastic accommodation and food outlets / restaurants,” she said.

The seminar will also give people the chance to visit the eco-village in Cloughjordan as well as take a historical walk around Nenagh, she said.

The incoming Mayor of Nenagh said that the programme was varied and offered scope to help this area reach its full potential.

The seminar will be opened by North Tipperary’s Alan Kelly, Junior Minister for Public and Commuter Transport, and the keynote speaker at the seminar’s dinner on Friday, June 17, in the Abbey Court Hotel, is Don Cunningham director, new works, Irish Rail, who was involved in the reopening of the Limerick to Galway line.

Among the speakers is Dr Paul Salveson, founder of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships in Britain. He has helped formulate the Community Rail Development Strategy supported by the UK Government and rail industry. He has held senior management positions in Northern Rail and Grand Central. He is a member of the British Department for Transport’s Community Rail Steering Group and is active in many community organisations, including the Penistone Line Partnership, which he set up in 1993.

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