Beautiful scenery not enough to get Sligo on tourism list
We might have the scenery and a connection to W.B. Yeats but Sligo has failed to make a top tourism listing.
Sligo, along with Leitrim and Galway didn't rate in a new Failte Ireland's tourism list.
Some 45 leading tourism towns and villages are on the list in what is the second year of the competition.
Each now qualifying for a top prize of €10,000 in marketing and development supports.
The 45 contenders for the Failte Ireland Tourism Towns Awards will be whittled down to 10 soon.
Each will receive a prize of at least €1,000.
The award is aimed at supporting towns and villages to develop their tourism potential.
Cork leads the way with nine towns and villages chosen for the long list.
Clare and Mayo each have five towns while Kerry has four and Donegal and Waterford each have three.
In all, towns from 18 counties satisfied the judges' criteria that they demonstrated a keen sense of place, local community involvement in the visitor experience, a good range of tourist products and a unified approach to marketing and developing the town into a tourist attraction.
The top 10 Highly Commended Tourism Towns will be announced at the National Tidy Towns Awards later in the year.
The overall winner to be announced by Failte Ireland in November.
Portmagee in Co Kerry was the winning town in 2012.