Voluntary effort gets vital tourist office for Ballybunion

Dan Kiely cuts the tape to officially open Ballybunion's new tourist office.
Dan Kiely cuts the tape to officially open Ballybunion's new tourist office.

VISITORS to Ballybunion have a new one-stop information centre in the town following the opening of a new tourist office in the Golf Hotel on Friday night.

It's a major boon for tourism interests in the holiday town with voluntary staff on hand to help visitors get where they need to go or simply find out more about what's on offer in the greater Ballybunion area.

The tourist office was opened by Destination Ballybunion on Friday night, with the help of town honorary Mayor Sean Breen, in an initiative welcomed by the local community. It's the first time in some years that the town has had a tourist office.

"We will promote all aspects of Ballybunion and the surrounding areas through this outlet," Joanne Kelly Walsh of Destination Ballybunion said. "Our office is staffed by local volunteers and members of the arts and crafts sector in the area and it will be run by Information Office Liason Officer Isabella O'Mahony with the space kindly donated by Micheál and Martina Carr."

Arts and Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan was also present at the opening where he handed over the town's new, official Wild Atlantic Way plaque - marking it as one of the main spots on the route in Kerry.

"It is now hoped that anyone with flyers or leaflets would drop them into us to display and promote. We will also be looking for volunteers to staff the office on an ongoing basis and would ask anyone interested in dropping in or contacting us on (068) 28003," Ms Kelly-Walsh said.