NORTH Kerry is to work more closely with south Kerry in promoting heritage tourism, beginning with a new cultural trail that aims to link attractions along the N69 road to Tralee with the south of the county.
This was one of the developments at a conference in Listowel on Friday attended by heritage interests from all over the county and opened by Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan.
Billed ' The Economic Potential of Arts and Cultural Tourism', the conference was held as Minister Deenihan announced that Listowel has been selection as one of three towns nationally to be promoted for their historic interest under a new pilot programme.
"There was a sense of optimism for north Kerry heritage interests arising from the news that Listowel was selected as one of the pilot towns," Seanchaí manager and conference organiser Cara Trant said.
Ms Trant, who played a part herself in the genesis of the idea through her work with Minister Deenihan at the Seanchaí Centre, said she hopes it will mean real potential for growth.
"It's very positive in terms of funding for heritage projects in the town and for the promotion of the package here," she said. "We have a wealth of heritage attractions in north Kerry and it was Siamsa Tire Chief Executive Carl Wallace who suggested in his address that we establish a cultural trail, linking heritage attractions from right across north Kerry to Tralee, to promote the town. We hope to see concrete developments out of this in the near future."
Among the other speakers were Aidan Pender of Fáilte Ireland, Una Carmody of Arts Audiences, Kerry Mayor Tim Buckley and Mary Stack of North and East Kerry Development.