Sunday 22 October 2017

Promoting Ballymote's best

THERE'S NO point in having some of the best attractions in the country if enough people don't know about them.

With this in mind Ballymote Tidy Towns Committee has compiled an impressive new tourist guide.

Entitled 'Local Heritage and Tourism in Ballymote', it is on sale at the Enterprise Centre for just €4.

"We published it as an information guide for people coming into the area," Tidy Towns volunteer Ann Brennan, pictured, said.

It is jam-packed with information on an array of places around Ballymote.

These include the Norman Castle, Franciscan Abbey, the Cornmill, Templehouse, Earlsfield House, the courthouse, and the railway station.

It also has articles on The Book of Ballymote, the Caves of Keash, and Bricklieve Mountains.

Stories behind local monuments such as those to Michael Doyle, Brother Walfrid and General Michael Corcoran feature.

More "modern" attractions covered include the Eagles Flying Centre and the cinema, now the impressive Art Deco facility.

According to the book, "Ballymote is steeped in unknown and magical history." Reading this book reinforces the idea that it's all there in reality . . . and on our doorstep awaiting discovery.