Details have been announced last weekend of a brand new enterprise which is seeking to drive serious business in to the town of Cashel.
Even surrounding towns will benefit if Platform Cashel can plough ahead with its visionary venture.
Aiden Hynes, current President of Cashel Chamber of Commerce and Founder of Platform Cashel, has many years experience in the corporate events sector and this new venture will focus on developing two major events in Cashel in the coming year.
Aiden told us “Cashel has been identified as the most ideal location for music and food festivals in a recent independent consultant study. Our aim is to run two high profile festivals annually, a music festival and a food festival which have the potential to bring up to €5 million into the town each year.” He continued “we have the contacts, we have the technical expertise and we have the experience. The time is therefore right to drive forward and maximise the potential of this venture.” Hynes expects to work closely with former chamber president, Sean Laffey, who himself has been involved in the running of numerous festivals in the town over the last twenty years. This visionary commercial project relies heavily on investment from local businesses and people with a desire to see their town prosper, as Aiden explains “Platform Cashel provides an attractive investment package to those local businesses or entrepreneurs willing to get behind the project, who can generate significant revenues throughout the Cashel business community and beyond, whilst making a generous return on their own investment. There will of course be major spin offs and benefits to the town as the project will integrate the entire community by involving and raising money for local sports and community clubs together with volunteer groups like the Tidy Towns. It will also employ local people on both a full and part time basis and use only local suppliers and tradesmen where possible.
Offering full support and speaking at the announcement, Independent TD Michael Lowry, no stranger to festival success himself, stated “I welcome this initiative by Mr Hynes, which is innovative and destined for success. It requires the full co-operation and support, both practical and moral, of all interest in the area. Aiden said he was delighted to receive the full support of local TD's, Councillors and local authorities. Indeed Jackie Cahill, FF Junior spokesperson on Food & Horticulture, commented “I congratulate Aiden and those involved on this initiative, which has the ingredients to make a significant contribution to the overall economy of Cashel and the surrounding towns.
“I am delighted to give my full support to them going forward.”
The proposed project has already received a solid volume of financial commitments from various local businesses and individuals. An Information night will take place in The Parish Centre at 8pm on Wednesday 30th