A Notice of Motion tabled by Councillor Jim Ryan at the monthly meeting of Thurles Town Council calling on the local authority to put aside money is the 2013 Budget in order to take a lead in creating a tourism drive for the town, generated a lengthy debate recently.
llr Ryan proposed establishing a sub committee comprising all the relevant bodies in the town to create both a marketing plan and a tourism brochure for Thurles and he spoke at length about the benefits of bringing all the stakeholders together to co-ordinate a plan which would put the name of Thurles up in lights for all tourist organisations.
“Everybody is saying that tourism is the way forward and the only option, and with the Gathering happening in 2013, I feel the onus is on us as a local authority to create a tourism drive for the town of Thurles. I think we are losing out because we do not promote or advertise the many attractions we have here in the town,” said Cllr Ryan who pointed out the likes of Semple Stadium, the GAA museum, St Mary’s Famine and War Museum and the Garden of Remembrance are huge attractions.
Councillor Ryan told members that he had discussed the matter with Failte Ireland and with Tourism Ireland and both pointed out that the initiative must come from Thurles itself. The sub committee would be put in place to help establish a marketing plan which would be put on public display, Cllr Ryan said, and he offered the view that if this is not done now, it will be too late. “We have the money and the budget and I think we need to take this on now. We have blamed Shannon Development and Failte Ireland in the past for not promoting Thurles and we should just grab this by the neck now and push forward with it,” said Cllr Ryan who cited the fantastic reputation Tipperary has for quality food and festivals. See this weeks Tipperary Star for full story.