Eurosurf concerns raised

Members of Bundoran Town Council have expressed dissatisfaction with the organisers of the Euro Surf Championships, the flagship competition which comes to the town this weekend.

Members of Bundoran Town Council have expressed dissatisfaction with the organisers of the Euro Surf Championships, the flagship competition which comes to the town this weekend.

Cllr. Elizabeth McIntyre said: “I have to say I’ve been disappointed, not by the Bundoran people on the ground but by the lack of information from the organisers of the Eurosurf as to exactly what will be going on. It’s like a state secret, in comparison to when it was run here years ago when we knew exactly what was happening and what we had to do. There are teams arriving, and we don’t know what’s required. We don’t know who’s staying where. The liaison with local people has been terrible.”

Cllr. Diarmaid Doherty agreed. “I spoke to them a few months ago and it was like it was happening in five years’ time. They weren’t doing anything, they didn’t need anything. There’s just a complete lack of information on what’s going on.”

Tourism officer Tracy Ferguson said that, to her knowledge, the team and its entourage would include about 300 people but she did not yet know where they were planning to stay. “The trend has been for very late booking. I know a lot of providers have a lot of bookings but don’t know whether those will be here for Eurosurf or not.

“I acknowledge your disappointment and these concerns will be addressed in the debrief after the event, particularly with regard to the public relations, paid for and not paid for.”