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
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 Stonehttp://homepage.eircom.net/~williamfinnerty/protest/nov21_stone.htm
3) The Turoe / Knocknadala Areahttp://homepage.eircom.net/~williamfinnerty/sd1.htm
5) The Cairn at Alloonhttp://homepage.eircom.net/~williamfinnerty/heritage/local1.htm#CAIRN
6) Woodlawn Househttp://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)
I intend to send a printed copy of this e-mail letter to you through the registered
post later today.
Mr. William Finnerty.
WEB SITE: http://homepage.eircom.net/~williamfinnerty/