Four-day conference gives town business 'real boost'
'THIS will send out the message that we are open to more such business.' That was the thought of Riverside Park hotel manager Jim Maher after bidding goodbye to the Council of International Investigators after their four-day conference in Enniscorthy.
'This was a real boost for the Enniscorthy economy,' commented the manager, whose hotel is better known for wedding receptions than for cosmopolitan business gatherings. But the Riverside, the town and all of County Wexford combined to leave a good impression on their influential visitors.
The 120-plus strong attendance included plenty of wealthy individuals from the private eye industry around the world and Friday night's charity auction raised $10,000 for Wexford General. The list of delegates included plenty of surnames familiar in Ireland from Kelly and Kerby to Ross and Russell.
The hope is that, whether American, Scandinavian or Indian, they will spread the word that Ireland, and specifically County Wexford, is a great place to visit. In the meantime, bags from Enniscorthy shops were clearly to be seen in the luggage as the delegates loaded up their coach ready to head to Dublin airport.
'The delegates seemed to be going up town a lot,' commented Jim Maher. 'They were well able to enjoy themselves.' The conference schedule allowed the visitors to make trips to some of the leading tourist sites including The Hook and the Dunbrody.
One business that certainly did well out of the event described as Enniscorthy's first ever international conference was Kiltrea pottery in Caim.
Potter Michael Roche was hired to run off special edition pieces carrying the CII logo. They were presented to dignitaries, including Taoiseach Enda Kenny who was given a large garden pot.
'This conference is, without doubt, a coup for Enniscorthy,' summed up Town Council chairman Johnny Mythen.