'Put Listowel on Wild Atlantic Way app'

A new app for the Wild Atlantic Way launched by Kerry County Council last month could hit inland towns and villages in the pocket if it fails to include information on them.

Sinn Féin County Councillor Tom Barry told Council management last week he had 'serious concerns' about the possible lack of information on Listowel and other inland points of interest in the new Discovery App.

"Is there anything on the new app about everything Listowel has to offer?" he asked at a meeting in the North Kerry town on Wednesday.

The pilot app was launched in Ballyheigue in what the Council and tourism agencies feel will be a major boon to Kerry's coastal communities, containing a comprehensive account of the points of interest in each community along the Way, as well as directing users onto the next stop.

But all this could be greatly to the detriment of Listowel, if the tourists are simply shunted around the coast, Cllr Barry fears.

"Is there information on it highlighting towns and villages that aren't directly on the Wild Atlantic Way? I would be seriously concerned it would only focus on places on the coast."

Listowel Municipal District Officer Andy Smith said the new app is a pilot project covering the Listowel Municipal District but that the Council was very much open to hearing from inland communities on it.

"Yes, they are taking submissions and if groups in Listowel...and villages that aren't covered at the moment...want to get included they can send submissions directly to myself," Mr Smith said.