Balbriggan Tourism Committee making strides

April 22, 2019 1

The members of Balbriggan tourism committee look back over the last four years and reflect on all the achievements. Relocation of the tourism office to Georges square was an important move to create more visibility and be better placed to inform visitors and locals alike. One of the first objectives was to develop a Tourism strategy in terms of economic, social and cultural benefits to Balbriggan.

Ciara Scully and Helen McDaid from Failte Ireland offered some great advice after their on-site visit.

Town centre aesthetics needed improvement and a grant scheme for shop front paint and refurbishing was developed and delivered in conjunction with Balbriggan chamber of commerce. This grant scheme proved very successful.

Following this initiative there were numerous events and projects supported and managed by the tourism committee.

  • A Harry Clarke plaque was unveiled in the grounds of St. Peters and Paul Catholic church where two of the best examples of Harry Clarke stained glass windows are to be found which was preceded by a talk on Harry Clarke given by the late Dr. Nicola Gordon Bowe.
  • A wall art project was presented on culture night in Railway Street with guest speaker Dr.David Sorenson who brought life to the black and white images depicting a time when Railway Street was once the heart of an industrial zone in Balbriggan.
  • Bremore castle is probably the best tourism proposition for north Fingal and its high on the tourism committee agenda for its completion. Every opportunity to utilise and promote the castle is given at all times. Recently national coverage of operation transformation gave the nation a snapshot of this fantastic amenity.
  • The most recent installation around Balbriggan is the Balbriggan Heritage trail which was launched in Bremore Castle. This was supported by the Tourism committee, Fingal County Council and Balbriggan Heritage group who delivered the historical elements together with a heritage trail brochure.

There are many more tourism objectives that the committee wish to realise not least the Bremore Castle monthly tours that are currently being worked on.

A new tourism map was also produced and is now available in a number of outlets around the town including the Tourist office.

Cllr Tony Murphy says he is proud to be part of the tourism committee and will continue to support the committee in all its endeavours.