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Tuesday 23 October 2018

Philip Wallace named chair of Hook Tourism

Philip Wallace
Philip Wallace

David Looby

Philip Wallace from Duncannon was named the new chairperson of Hook Tourism at the body's AGM in Neville's bar in Fethard-on-Sea last week.

Past chairman David Neville was praised for his work with the body. He reflected on how far Hook Tourism had progressed since 2010 and thanked Wexford County Council for their ongoing support, highlighting the importance funding is to the success of the rural community scheme. Mr Neville also thanked the members of Hook Tourism, the DSP, TUS Programme, the Rural Social Scheme, Ballycullane Horsewood CE Scheme, past and present directors, local businesses and people in the community for their continuous support of Hook Tourism and its endeavours.

Mr Wallace of Duncannon Beach Holiday Park was then welcomed in as the new chair to the board of Hook Tourism.

Guest speakers on the night included Norma Quinsey of Visit Wexford who gave an interesting presentation outlining the importance of Wexford tourism providers working together with Ireland's Ancient East brand in order to grow visitor numbers to the region.

Emmett Stafford of Stafford McLoughlin Archaeology gave an overview of the works currently being carried out at Duncannon Fort using the €150,000 grant received from BIM (FLAG) funding. The funds are being used for restoration and structural repairs within the fort which will allow greater access for guided tours in 2018.

Signage panels are also being developed for an ecology trail. Emmet also highlighted Duncannon Fort as a significant asset to the Hook Peninsula and the importance of its continued development.

Appreciation and thanks was extended on behalf of the board and its members to outgoing directors Peter Wheeler, Chrissy Harper and Thomas Stafford. Sinéad Kidd, Graham Doyle of the Irish Experience and Richard Finn were welcomed as new directors to the board. See www.hooktourism.com for Hook Tourism information.

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