SUCCESS Catherine O’ Grady Powers, proprietor of the award winning Glen Keen Farm is pictured with Maura Kilcoyne, artist, at the blessing of the facility in 2014. Pic: Frank Dolan
A WEST Mayo farm has won the accolade of the Best Tour Feature in the prestigious CIE Tours International Awards.
Glen Keen Farm, near Louisburg,h won the award for its homely visitor experience that allows tourists to participate in a functioning farm on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Through the work of Glen Keen Farm owner Catherine O’Grady Power, Glen Keen Farm was awarded the accolade for its unique tourism experience which involves everything from petting lambs, to sampling some west of Ireland baking along the Wild Atlantic Way.
The awards were presented in Dublin Castle on Sunday night and Glen Keen Farm was joined by other Mayo winners Ashford Castle and Hotel Westport.
Ashford Castle in Cong was voted the best visited hotel in Connacht while Hotel Westport also won a top award.
The coveted awards were presented by the CIE Chairman, Vivienne Juppo, when it was revealed that the visitors carried by CIE Tours International generated revenues of €83 million in Ireland last year. The company brought 44,000 visitors to Ireland during the past year. Awards of Excellence were presented to 98 outstanding hotels and visitor attractions spread right around the country.
While the Glen Keen Farm was a visitor highlight, other highlights included the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle and the Skellig Experience which features in the latest ‘Star Wars’ movie.
The Managing Director of CIE Tours International, Brian Stack, told the gathering: ‘Last year was another strong year when our 44,000 customers booked in the region of 350,000 bed nights. They made a major contribution to Ireland’s record year for tourism when 8 million tourists visited our country.”
Mr Stack said bookings with CIE Tours International for this year have been going well and that the company is looking forward to exceeding 2015 levels of tourism.