Describing it as “short and punchy”, Donegal County Manager, Seamus Neely, launched the Killybegs tourism brochure at Killybegs Tourism College on Friday.
Donegal County council, as part of the Killybegs Jobs Initiative, had agreed to produce a generic brochure for the town, and Friday’s launch saw that promise kept.
The colour brochure may well be compact, but it contains all the vital information a visitor to the are might need, a brief welcome and a thumbnail sketch of what Killybegs and the area it services has to offer. Activities are listed, ranging from Angling to Rock climbing and various attractions, from Sliabh Liag to Bruckless House and Gardens are also detailed.
Mr Neely said he understood that the fishing operators in the town had “a good spring” and he welcomed this as he acknowledged that all areas were going through challenging times.
In such an environment he said it was essential that towns and areas like Killybegs and its hinterland do everything they can to highlight what they have to offer.
“The county council and local tourism providers have been working together to produce this generic brochure to promote Killybegs and it offers Killybegs as a gateway to the south west of the county where there are so many excellent attractions and things to do,” he said.
Mr Neely went on to comment on the key strengths the town had to offer - in particular its maritime theme which offered huge potential. He noted how important it was to see the town benefit as a services centre for the emerging offshore industries, wave and wind power. He said he was delighted to learn that the harbour was becoming more recognised as a stop off point for visiting cruise liners and he revealed that 12 cruise liners were booked to dock this season.
The new brochure is available locally and at the tourist point advice centre.