E-mail dated November 20th 2001 to the
GALWAY  RURAL  DEVELOPMENT  COMPANY

A printed copy of the e-mail below was also sent through the registered post on November 20th 2001.

To date (May 6th 2002) no reply has been received from any of the recipients in connection with the request for help regarding the development of local heritage sites for tourism purposes.

Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2001 4:25 PM

Subject: Marketing tourism products in East Galway.

Dear Mr. Clasby,

I was recently shown your letter dated 15/11/2001 to Mr. Brendan Kelly (of the Forest Stewardship Council).  As your letter has mentioned web sites, he has suggested to me that Galway Rural Development may wish to consider some of the potential tourist attractions in East Galway which are referred to in two of the web sites I run.  The www page address list below contains information on some of the sites in question.

Several of these sites seem to be very closely bound up with the Esker Riada - which as you probably know is one of the most famous natural monuments in Ireland.  Far more interestingly perhaps, is the fact that, in terms of the development of human social history, the Esker Riada may well be one of the world's most important components: partly because of the very important part it played in the development of Clonmacnoise - which is thought to be the world's first major Christian university (as well as the most influential perhaps).

The heritage and historical information provided at the page addresses below is mostly connected with the sections of the Esker Riada which run through the East Galway region.

1)  Esker Riada  (general)
http://homepage.eircom.net/~williamfinnerty/chaplefinnerty/esker/riada1.htm

2) The Turoe Stone
http://homepage.eircom.net/~williamfinnerty/protest/nov21_stone.htm

3) The Turoe / Knocknadala Area
http://homepage.eircom.net/~williamfinnerty/sd1.htm

4) Chaplefinnerty
http://homepage.eircom.net/~williamfinnerty/chaplefinnerty/1.htm

5) The Cairn at Alloon
http://homepage.eircom.net/~williamfinnerty/heritage/local1.htm#CAIRN

6)  Woodlawn House
http://homepage.eircom.net/~williamfinnerty/wh/index.html

Any help that you and your colleagues at GRD might be able to provide with the development and marketing (for tourism purposes) of the above mentioned heritage sites would be greatly appreciated.

Much as I would like to be able to avoid ending this letter on a negative note, I feel I cannot realistically avoid making some mention of the fact that the marketing of tourism in the East Galway area is unlikely (in my view) to be helped by the ongoing possibility of having a superdump for the whole of Connacht installed in the area; and that this superdump matter forms part of a petition which has recently been made to the European Parliament.  Two of the possible superdump sites being talked about (Cross and Kilconnell) are so close to the Esker Riada that they are almost part of it.  For details of the petition in question (EP petition reference 809/200) please see:
http://www.finnachta.com/east-galway/oct-31-2001.htm

I intend to send a printed copy of this e-mail letter to you through the registered post later today.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. William Finnerty.

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