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Newport information office and website launched

Newport information office and new website launched

Kathleen Loftus

THE new Newport Tourist Information Centre and website were both launched recently by Minister of State at the Department of Sport and Tourism, Mr Michael Ring TD.
The new Information Office is Fáilte Ireland approved, more visible from the Main Street for visitors, with better signage, and an even warmer welcome than before. It is also open longer hours, including Saturday and Sunday mornings during the tourist season. The new website, www.newportmayo.ie, is also aimed at attracting visitors to the town, highlighting the many beautiful and unique aspects of the town and its rich heritage. As well as tourism, there are also sections on local businesses and the local community.
Launching the new initiatives, Minister Ring congratulated Regina Callaghan, Mary Ryan Chambers and the Community Futures team, on their enthusiasm and hard work in helping to develop Newport as a tourist destination. He stressed the importance of tourism in Mayo and the importance of the community working together towards developing any projects in the locality, offering also, his own support at all times.
Newport Community Futures and Newport and District Development Company have expressed sincere thanks to everyone who attended the very successful opening of the new Information Office, and the launch of www.newportmayo.ie.
Regina Callaghan and Mary Ryan Chambers, who oversee the Information Office, expressed their thanks for all the hard work from the volunteers, the Rural Social Scheme, and of course the helping hand from Minister Ring. 
“We are now recognised as an official information office by Fçilte Ireland,” they said. “This gives us a larger platform to showcase our town and its amenities from Clew Bay to the Greenway. We are working on having a full schedule for the locals and visitors alike, and this is being filled so far by Splash and its water activities that are open to all throughout June, July August and September, the Gráinne Uaile Festival on the August bank holiday weekend and the Grace Kelly Film Festival from September 14 to 16. All these activities are run on a purely volunteer basis and we would like to thank the organisers and let them know that we are grateful for their initiative and hard work. So its official now - Newport is open for business and we are ready for the tourists,” they concluded.
Fiona Hopkins, who oversaw the website project, also thanked everyone in attendance, and commented on the number of volunteers from the community who were involved in the development of the website. It was also stressed that if your business or community group is not listed, it’s not too late, you can pick up a registration form from the Information Office. Similarly, if you wish to change any details on the website, an amendment request form is also available.