Rathsallagh Golf Club recently celebrated the relaunch of the exciting new course layout.  Rathsallagh Golf Club was originally opened in 1994 and sits in tree-lined parkland near Dunlavin, Co Wicklow.  Under new ownership since 2015, the magnificent course was originally designed by Peter McEvoy and the late, great Christy O’Connor Junior – and has now been brought back to its previous splendour after many months of hard work and investment.

The course has been reconfigured so that play begins and ends in front of the clubhouse and a new Par 3 hole has been built in the woods between the old 1st and 2nd holes bridging a small river. The old 10th hole (index 1) is now the opening hole – so the ‘wow factor’ is evident right from your very first shot. The re-routing occurs during the middle of your game and players will intertwine the ‘old’ back and front nines for a totally fresh experience.
Our new 11th hole will be the signature hole of the eagerly anticipated redesign. It is a par 3 measuring 127 metres from the Black Tee and 110 metres from the Ladies’ Tee. When golfers finish on the 18th hole it is just a few steps away from the verandah of the stunning clubhouse.

“Since re-opening in June 2016, the Club has gone from strength to strength,” says Mick O’Shea, PGA Professional at Rathsallagh. “Staff numbers have increased by over 50 per cent and there has been steady growth in membership, golf societies, large groups and corporate events. We are also delighted to be hosting the Top Golfer play-offs in the coming days – an event where only the highest standards are accepted.”

Rathsallagh is a course built to championship standard, routed over rolling terrain and with a number of burns, ditches and ponds that bring water into play on several holes. Hundreds of mature trees flank the fairways, the bunkers are always challenging – often described as some of the best in Ireland, both in terms of construction and intelligent placement – and the slick greens were built to the highest USGA specification. Over the years it has challenged and delighted golfers of all abilities – and now a fresh challenge lies in store.

For further information go to www.rathsallaghgolf.com

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Rathsallagh Golf Club Restaurant

  • Dunlavin
  • wicklownews
  • Food & Drink
Mary Byrne started back in 1999 simple vision about providing tasty and delicious food to the people of Malahide and North County Dublin. Mary &...

Rathsallagh Golf Club

  • Dunlavin
  • wicklownews
  • Activities
Rathsallagh Golf Club originally opened in 1994 and sits in 530 acres of parkland near Dunlavin, County Wicklow. Under new ownership since late 2015, it...

Rathsallagh Country House Hotel

  • Dunlavin
  • fredwicklow
  • Accommodation
A Member of Irelands Blue Book, set on 570 acres with 29 rooms, award winning...

Rathsallagh House Restaurant

  • Dunlavin
  • fredwicklow
  • Food & Drink
Come and enjoy Sunday Lunch in the Wicklow country side. Rathsallagh is open for Roast...

Rathcon Farm

  • Baltinglass
  • wicklownews
  • Activities
Rathcon Farm is located in West Wicklow close to Grangecon and boasts an eight &...

Dunlavin

  • Dunlavin
  • fredwicklow
  • Towns & Villages
Dunlavin is situated about 5km west of the main N81 and is very close to...

On Thursday the 05th of October 2017, The Brooklodge & Macreddin Village is hosting a unique dinner for 100 lucky guests who will experience something never achieved before!

Evan Doyle, The Kitchen Brigade and The Crew at Macreddin Village have been knee deep in preparation since August 2016 for the World’s First ZER0KM Dinner.

Absolutely every tiny morsel served on this ONE NIGHT next month, for this ONE DINNER will be reared, grown and harvested within ONE KILOMETRE of our kitchen.

This tall order has brought about some challenges and the team at the Brooklodge has depended on the advice, guidance, expertise and knowledge of our farmer and producer friends since the beginning of this journey to assist and help us towards achieving the best harvest for this unique ZER0KM Dinner.

Evan Doyle, explains where the idea came from:

“The growing public desire for more knowledge as to the provenance of the food they consume has been answered by many restaurants worldwide with innovative concepts such as Fifty Mile Foods or Ten Mile Meals.  However, there have always been niggling questions about these Food Stories. Questions such as; did the milk really come directly from a farm within a ten mile radius, what about the flour for the bread, where did the oil or vinegar used in the kitchen come from, even the wine served at the dinner; was that grown, pressed and fermented within ten miles?
This got us thinking here in Macreddin Village, would it be possible to actually produce a totally complete Dinner here from within a ten mile radius and we agreed that we thought we could.
And then while we were discussing all the ingredients required for such a Dinner, we realised that with a little help from our producer and farmer friends we could actually rear, grow and harvest all the produce and ingredients required for one Dinner on one Night within less than one Kilometre from Macreddin Village…the world’s first ZER0KM Dinner!

Discover the full project and concept at http://zer0km.com

Scott Berney is a seasoned traveller who shares his experiences on his own blog:  TakeBackRoads.com.  He shares his travel experiences to encourage people to get off the major highways and explore the back roads instead.  Scott and his Wife recently visited Wicklow and experienced the Cliff Walk from Bray to Greystones

My wife was in Ireland recently for a short-term doctoral internship, and I flew over from America to join her for a couple days of traveling together.  Based in Dublin, we spent most of our time exploring the city and all it has to offer. During a conversation with a University College Dublin professor, however, we were given a suggestion that turned into one of the greatest travel experiences of my life.

We asked the professor for recommendations of things to see in Dublin, and his immediate answer was “You absolutely have to go hike the Cliff Walk from Bray to Greystones!” After giving us a break down of what it was and how to get there, he offered a couple other suggestions and we were on our way.

Early afternoon the next day, we hopped on the DART train at the Tara Street station for the half hour journey south. Before long, we were out of the city centre and rattling along the Irish coastline, observing the beautiful blue water from our large picture window. We decided beforehand that we were going to ride to Bray, the northernmost terminus of the Cliff Walk, hike south, have dinner in Greystones, and take the DART back to Dublin from there.

The Cliff Walk starts after a short traipse along the adorable promenade in Bray. Houses, hotels, and family-owned businesses sit opposite a rocky beach in the shadow of the lush green face of Great Sugar Loaf Mountain. Walk to the end of the promenade and up the hill that forms the distant border to the beach, and you’ve found the beginning of the Cliff Walk.

The Cliff Walk itself defies description. The sights and sounds, the smell of the salt air, the feel of the cool sea breeze… only by witnessing these things in person can you fully understand the magnitude of the experience.

The hike is a 7km low-intensity walk along an old railroad construction pathway that winds between the steep hills of Sugar Loaf and the Irish Sea coastline, and runs parallel to the DART tracks below. The path is made up of fine gravel and rock, and in many places is lined on the ocean side with a concrete and wire fence to keep you from falling overboard.

We got extraordinarily lucky with the weather that day: Beautiful blue skies, sunny and mild with a nice breeze, and not a drop of rain! But it’s the views, both uphill and out to sea, that made this such a breathtaking lifetime experience – the sweeping panoramas of green and blue ocean water to one side, and often nearly-vertical walls of lush greenery and wild flowers to the other make nearly every step a new vista to behold – there is no drab scenery here!

The variety of landscapes across the relatively short hike was mind-boggling. There were virtually no stretches where the scenery was unchanged on both sides – which caused us to stop often to take in the newest view. The coastline, of course, was along for the walk for the vast majority of the way, but even that brought a good deal of variety with it – there were rocky beaches, steep cliffs, and several spots where massive stones jutted out of the water. Along the path we encountered massive slopes exploding with wildflowers of yellow, orange, red and purple, craggy cliffs and pastoral meadows – and we even encountered a thick cluster of knobbly old trees!

The hike finishes by dropping you onto another beach, this one wrapped in small boulders and even rockier than the beach in Bray. The yellow swatches of wildflowers blanketing Sugar Loaf’s southern face contrasted perfectly with the grey-green waters of the sea. We dipped our bare feet into the frigid water for a minute or so – about as long as we could stand it!

The village of Greystones is a charming terminus for the hike! Most houses are meticulously maintained, with vibrantly-colored gardens and primly manicured yards. There are a broad variety of shops to browse through, and many options to eat as well.

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Squirrel's Scramble Tree Adventure Park

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National Garden Exhibition Centre

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Merrill Beauty Rooms at The Royal Hotel

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An idyllic, three-day running adventure through an Irish wonderland

By Brian Metzler – MotivRunning

The premise seemed interestingly arduous, but infinitely intriguing: fly to Ireland and run rolling trails of the Wicklow Way for three glorious days, finishing each run at a pub with a fresh and frothy pint of Guinness.

OK, twist my arm, I’m in! I don’t have a trace of Irish blood in me, but on my previous trip to the Emerald Isle I became enchanted with a brief visit to the Wicklow Mountains south of Dublin. Running several sections of the 127K route that connects the remote village of Clonegal and the suburbs of Dublin was going to be an amazing odyssey.

That’s exactly what my running buddy, Adam Chase, and I embarked upon in late April. We ran about 95K (roughly 59 miles) over three days, and it was everything it was cracked up to be and more. I’ve been fortunate to run on trails all over the world and yet running the Wicklow Way ranks up there with the greatest running adventures I’ve ever tackled.

Running amid a sea of green in the heart of the Wicklow Way, about 20K south of Dublin. Photo: Brian Metzler

Upon landing in Dublin on Friday morning, we took a short bus ride to the city center and hopped on an express train that zipped through the southern edges of the city and then along the coast abutting the Irish Sea. Before long we were at the small village of Greystones.
After a short drive into the Wicklow hills, it was clear he knew what he was talking about. Like a scene from a postcard, everywhere we looked it was lush and green and full of life. We arrived at Glenmalure Lodge, a classic Irish inn situated in the longest glacial valley in all of Ireland. Inside the pub, we met local trail runners Stephen Brennen and Paul Daly, enjoyed a cup of coffee and a light lunch while looking over maps and discussing the 20K route we’d be running that afternoon. Hearing their enthusiasm for the route was exciting and made me forget that I only slept about an hour on the overseas flight.

After gearing up with hydration packs and wind shells, we were off. The climb out of Glenmalure was a steep forested route that eventually gave way to impressive views of the surrounding mountains and fertile valleys.

Because much of the terrain along the Wicklow Way is wet and boggy, long sections of wooden plank trail have been built to preserve the main hiking routes. The large, flat timbers are covered with industrial staples (and, in some places, a sturdy, metal mesh) for optimal traction. It was a bit odd to be running on this unique surface, and it took some getting used to, but we appreciated the secure footing.

Before long, we were atop Wicklow Mountains National Park at one of the higher points of the region, eventually towering over the long and narrow Glendalough Upper Lake that filled in the valley below. After taking in the views and snapping a few pictures, we began descending along the perimeter of the valley, eventually running down to the Glendalough Monastic Site, the well-preserved remains of a medieval village dating back to the sixth century. We were in awe as we toured the grounds, which included a still-intact, 30-meter stone tower, the remains of an ancient church and a cemetery with dozens of tilted and half-fallen headstones preserved in a way that Tim Burton might have orchestrated. The historic site was something to behold, for sure, especially because we arrived there on foot on routes dating back to ancient times.

Spending the afternoon sharing the passion of trail running with new friends was a lot of fun, but finishing it off with a cold pint of Guinness, a traditional meal of Irish stew, boxty (potato pancakes) and cabbage, and a bit of whiskey tasting at Wicklow Heather restaurant was a storybook ending to an amazing first day of this adventure. As Adam and I walked down a country lane on the way back to the Glendalough Hotel after dinner, we marveled over the richness of our first 12 hours in Ireland.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Brian Metzler is the Content Director of MotivRunning.com. He was the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, a senior editor for Running Times and the editor in chief of Competitor. He’s wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of running shoes, raced every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, has finished three Ironman triathlons and enjoys the quirky sport of pack burro racing.

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With National Heritage Week around the corner, Wicklow is set to be a hive of activity from 19th-27th August.

Events are planned at over 60 different locations in Wicklow and cover everything from guided tours, hikes and bat walks to photography exhibitions, nature camps for kids, archaeological digs and whale watching.

 


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“Heritage Week is a unique celebration”, explains Deirdre Burns, Wicklow Heritage Officer, “It takes place over nine days and the majority of events are free of charge and family friendly.  Additionally, all events are organised by local enthusiasts, organisations and voluntary groups so there is a great emphasis on highlighting the activities of these groups and local attractions that may not otherwise be open to the public.”

Nationally the programme is co-ordinated by The Heritage Council and supported at a local level by Wicklow County Council.  As in previous years the Wicklow Heritage Office has produced a free county event guide which can be picked up at council offices, libraries and tourist offices.  This year the theme focuses on natural heritage and provides opportunities to explore and learn more about Wicklow’s wonderful natural environment.

Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Edward Timmons, commended all involved in organising events in county Wicklow stating: “Heritage Week reminds and inspires us all to appreciate and enjoy the rich heritage that exists in Co Wicklow and that contributes so much to our quality of life”.

Details of all events can be accessed on www.heritageweek.ie  while information on the Heritage of County Wicklow is available at www.wocuntywicklowheritage.org and on www.wicklow.ie/heritage

The popular Wicklow Gardens of Jimi Blake in Blessington, Hunting Brook Gardens was given a special feature on Gardeners World with Monty Don on the 19th July.

Monty spent a day filming and hanging out with Jimi Blake, getting some spectacular shots and really capturing the essence of the place.  Monty Don, one of the best-known garden personalities in the world was so impressed with so many different aspects of this wonderful Wicklow Paradise.  The wild Meadows, the very impressive and unusual planting and the whole energy of the place made such a lasting impression on Monty.

Watch Hunting Brook Gardens on BBC

Located 4 miles north of Blessington in West Wicklow, just off the N81 road, Hunting Brook Gardens is set on 20 acres, which includes beautiful woodland walks, one of Ireland’s largest private plant collection, special open days, events and classes.

The next open days are August 20th and September 10th, and are always a great day out, with free talks, special events and tea rooms. Open from April to the end of September, Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 5.30pm.  

Located close to June Blake’s Garden, another spectacular Wicklow garden and tea room.

Click here for more info on Hunting Brook Gardens

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National Garden Exhibition Centre

  • Delgany
  • fredwicklow
  • Attractions
Description:  The exhibition contains over 20 permanent gardens each designed by some of Ireland’s top designers and landscapers. They are of varying sizes, styles and...

National Botanic Garden @ Kilmacurragh

  • Rathdrum
  • fredwicklow
  • Attractions
ATTRACTION GARDEN Location: Mid East Wicklow Description:  Around the ruins of a fine Queen Anne style house lie 52 acres of wild Robinsonian gardens. Began in...

Hunters Gardens

  • Ashford
  • visitwicklow
  • Attractions
This prize-winning garden, situated on the banks of the Vartry River has a spectacular display...

Powerscourt House & Gardens - Ireland's Ancient East

  • Enniskerry
  • fredwicklow
  • Attractions
Powerscourt is one of the world’s great gardens and is located 20km south of Dublin...

Prospect House

  • Blessington
  • wicklownews
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Prospect House, is a charming Georgian house colourwashed in a deep traditional ochre lime finish,...

Avondale House & Forest Park

  • Rathdrum
  • fredwicklow
  • Attractions
Avondale House & Forest Park includes the Charles Stewart Parnell Museum. Over 500 acres of...

Hunting Brook Gardens

  • Blessington
  • wicklownews
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At the heart of this excitingly contemporary Irish garden lies Jimi’s Wicklow home, a modest...

Wren's Wood Garden

  • Ashford
  • fredwicklow
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Over 6 hectares of mature, secluded nature-friendly woodland garden, with streams and an ancient ring-fort....

Knockanree Garden

  • Avoca
  • fredwicklow
  • Attractions
Description: This prize winning 1.5ha garden was commenced in 1995 and is comprised of a...

June Blake's Garden

  • Blessington
  • fredwicklow
  • Attractions
For the last eleven years June Blake has devoted her time to creating an exciting,...

Shekina Sculpture Garden

  • Laragh Glendalough
  • fredwicklow
  • Attractions
Garden Description: This one acre garden includes a stream with a bridge, two ponds on...

Festina Lente Gardens

  • Bray
  • fredwicklow
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The Festina Lente Charity Walled Victorian Gardens have been loving restored by Festina Lente to...

Killruddery House & Gardens - Ireland's Ancient East

  • Bray
  • fredwicklow
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Home to the Brabazon family (the Earls of Meath) since 1618 Killruddery House is the...

Mount Usher Gardens

  • Ashford
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Mount Usher Gardens: where the planting is enchanting! Created by four generations of the Walpole...

Russborough House - Ireland's Ancient East

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Russborough was built between 1741-1750 and is regarded as one of Ireland’s most beautiful houses....

JULY

ARKLOW SEABREEZE FESTIVAL

July 14th - 16th

Arklow Seabreeze Festival has been running for over 30 years and is currently one of the biggest community based Festivals on the East Coast.

BRAY AIR DISPLAY

July 22nd - 23rd

Awe-inspiring aerobatic acts from across Europe will take to the skies during this summer’s Bray Air Display, which is supported by the Irish Aviation Authority. Enjoy Ireland’s Biggest Air Festival!

RATHDRUM INTERNATIONAL CARTOON FESTIVAL

July 29th - 30th

Calling all cartoonists, illustrators, animation artists – Rathdrum is marking the 25th anniversary of its international cartoon festival with another one on the weekend of 29/30 July.

RHSI GARDEN SHOW AT RUSSBOROUGH

July 29th

The Show will celebrate the way we garden today with particular emphasis on quality plants, labour saving tools, garden accessories, flower arranging and expert advice

WICKLOW REGATTA FESTIVAL

July 28th - 31st

We are celebrating 138th Regatta Festival. The Festival has been an integral part of a Wicklow Town summer for many a year.  Come and enjoy the various family events.

AUGUST

ROUNDWOOD FESTIVAL

August 2nd - 6th

This year the Festival will kick off with a guided walk at the Vartry Water Works on the evening of Wednesday 2nd August and will end with the hugely popular Roundwood Street Festival Day on Sunday.

TINAHELY AGRICULTURAL SHOW

August 6th

The Tinahely Agricultural Show is a celebration of the richness of rural Irelands traditions, it’s people and their way of life. It is a fantastic family day out with live entertainment for kids and adult

THE HOLLYWOOD FAIR

August 17h - 20th

The pre-1950s rural heritage theme of the Fair has proved a real hit with people. All in attendance embrace the spirit of the occasion and enjoy the spectacle of seeing each other dressed in pre-1950s attire!

GROOVE MUSIC FESTIVAL

August 19th - 20th

The Groove Festival is the perfect blend of fantastic music and good food, the best way to spend a summer’s evening in Bray.  Music acts include UB40, Primal Scream and many, many others…

WIN A  FLIGHT OVER WICKLOW AND OVERNIGHT AT DRUIDS GLEN HOTEL & RESORT

This is an amazing prize that Wicklow County Tourism has put together!  Enter the competition and the winner will receive the following prizes

And to make the prize even better, we will include various FREE passes to Wicklow attractions like Russborough House, Powerscourt Gardens, Mount Ushers Gardens or  Wicklow’s Historic Gaol. *

All you have to do is click on the link below and answer the question.  The right answers will automatically enter the draw for the prize!

GOOD LUCK!

*See terms and conditions below

*Terms & Conditions:

  • Competition entrants must be 18 or over
  • Competition is open until the 26th of July
  • Winner will be announced by Wicklow County Tourism shortly after the competition is over
  • Newcastle Airfield flight is subject to availability and weather.  The flight can include up to three people.
  • Druids Glen overnight prize includes an overnight stay with breakfast for up to 3 adults in a deluxe guestroom.   The prize is valid for one year from date of issue, and not valid over summer months or peak dates and subject to availability.
  • Prizes cannot be exchanged for money or cash alternative or any other items.
  • Prizes are subject to availability and might have restrictions as to when they must be used.
  • By entering this competition, you agree to register for Wicklow Tourism news.
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Blessington Lakes Drive

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  • visitwicklow
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On this 26km round trip you will get to experience one of Wicklow's hidden gems. The drive surrounds the valley where the Kings river once...

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St. Mark's Cross

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Crone Woods Trail Mountain Access Route

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St Kieran's Church

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Rathsallagh Golf Club

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Mountain Trails

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Greystones South Beach

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Brittas Bay Beach

  • Brittas Bay
  • fredwicklow
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The Woodenbridge Hotel is celebrating the first anniversary of the opening or the new Goldmines Bar and Deluxe Bedrooms!
In 2016, Ireland’s oldest hotel underwent extensive building work to extend the existing bar and build eight new deluxe bedrooms overlooking the Avoca Valley.
Over the past year, the Goldmines Bar has been extremely popular with locals and hotel residents, many of whom, enjoyed the luxury and views of the new bedrooms.
To celebrate this anniversary, the Woodenbridge Hotel have created a Summer Menu with mouth-watering dishes served daily from 12.30pm to 9pm.

July Entertainment

  • 1st July Maureen
  • 3rd July Trad Night
  • 4th July Oisin Molloy
  • 5th July Trad Night
  • 6th July Maureen
  • 7th July Brian Lawlor
  • 8th July Carmel
  • 9th July Maureen
  • 10th July Trad Night
  • 11th July Oisin Molloy
  • 12th July Trad Night
  • 13th July Oisin Molloy
  • 14th July Tom Sherry
  • 15th July Carmel
  • 17th July Trad Night
  • 18th July Oisin Molloy
  • 19th July Trad Night
  • 20th July Maureen
  • 21st July Carmel
  • 22nd July Brian Lawlor
  • 23rd July Tom Sherry
  • 24th July Trad Night
  • 25th July Oisin Molloy
  • 26th July Trad Night
  • 27th July Oisin Molloy
  • 28th July Maureen
  • 29th July Brian Lawlor
  • 30th July Carmel
  • 31st July Trad Night

For further details on our menu’s and summer deals check out our website www.woodenbridgehotel.com

Contact us on 0402-35146 or email reservations@woodenbridgehotel.com

Make sure to like our Facebook page to keep update on our special offers and competitions.

Summer Escapes deal available July & August with 1 night B&B from €69 midweek.

Wicklow County Tourism to take the lead in accessible tourism

Stephen Cluskey, Cllr Miriam Murphy and Noelle Daly at the Wicklow Tourism AGM which was held in Tinnakilly House, Rathnew – Photo: WicklowNews.net

Wicklow Tourism is starting a new initiative in partnership with MobilityMojo.  Mobility Mojo is an award winning, user generated website that works like TripAdvisor but focuses on access.

MobilityMojo co-founders Noelle Daly and Stephen Cluskey made a presentation at Wicklow County Tourism’s AGM in Tinakilly on Tuesday the 27th of June. 

According to Eurostat, the demand within the ‘Accessible Tourism and Senior Tourism’ market could reach 160 million people, generating potential revenues of €88.6 billion by 2025.  Scotland have been focussing on that market, and In 2013 the accessible tourism spend in Scotland was £1.5billion

Many of the businesses around Wicklow are already offering good accessibility and great customer experiences but fail to advertise it to anyone.  Mobility Mojo encourages a ‘Good Access is Good Business’ approach and helps promote this side of a business directly to a targeted audience worldwide.

‘Accessible Tourism and Senior Tourism’ is a growing and profitable market! Through the partnership with MobilityMojo, Wicklow has a real opportunity to attract some of that market and become a leader in Ireland!

Cllr. Miriam Murphy says:  “There is a real opportunity for Wicklow to take a lead and become Ireland’s accessible destination.  Local businesses have already done a great job, and MobilityMojo’s platform offers a fantastic opportunity to let visitors know about it.”

Stephen Cluskey says:  “The need for good accessibility affects all of us at some point in our lives, parents wishing to find suitable venues that welcome babies in strollers and has accessible baby changing facilities, tourists pulling wheeled suitcases, people who may have a temporary injury or a permanent disability like a broken leg or a wheelchair user and even women in high heels. A safe accessible environment also provides greater independence for our ageing population which ultimately has a positive impact for all of us as we live longer”.

“By promoting a ‘Good Access is Good Business’ approach, venues can showcase the accessibility of their premises to a targeted worldwide audience.” Says Noelle Daly.  “This becomes more important when you think that one person with greater access needs can determine where a group go out for dinner or how accessible a wedding venue needs to be or indeed where a conference for more than 500 people is held, so rather than see accessibility as a compliance issue businesses reap the rewards when their premises is accessible“.

“This is a real eye opener for the hospitality sector and many others” says Pat Mellon, Chairman of Wicklow County Tourism.  “Rather than see accessibility as a compliance issue businesses reap the rewards when their premises are accessible”

You can already register your business for free on www.mobilitymojo.com.

Margaret Stephens, Neassa Clismann, Stephen Cluskey, Fred Verdier, Mai Quaid, Cllr miriam Murphy, Cllr Brendan Thornhill, Noelle Daly, Martyna O’Toole and Gerard O’Brien at the Wicklow Tourism AGM which was held in Tinnakilly House, Rathnew – Photo:  WicklowNews.net

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Greystones South Beach

  • Greystones
  • fredwicklow
  • Attractions
Greystones beach is a mix of pebble and sand and is located at the southern end of the town of Greystones.   The beach is...

Zoom Adventure Play

  • Greystones
  • fredwicklow
  • Activities
For the Kids An extreme maze of tunnels, spiral slides and obstacle courses. Four levels of play and excitement, starting way down low to way...

National Disabled Angling Facility

  • Aughrim
  • fredwicklow
  • Activities
Fishing for all, put and take fishing lake in award winning village of Aughrim, 10km...

Powerscourt Golf Club

  • Enniskerry
  • fredwicklow
  • Activities
Powerscourt Golf Club is located on the 1,000 acre Powerscourt Estate, one of oldest estates...

Castletimon heritage trail - Brittas Bay

  • Brittas Bay
  • fredwicklow
  • Attractions
A mile from Brittas Bay beach, the Castletimon Heritage Trail takes you through an archeologically...

St. Mark's Cross

  • Blessington
  • fredwicklow
  • Attractions
The 4.2m high cross at Blessington Village Cemetery known as St Mark's Cross, was previously...

Glendalough Mines

  • Laragh Glendalough
  • fredwicklow
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National Bird of Prey Centre

  • Blessington
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At the National Bird of Prey Centre you will get a chance to meet Birds...

Glenmacnass Waterfall

  • Laragh Glendalough
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The Glenmacnass River follows the Old Military road from Sally Gap to Laragh and Glendalough....

Skate Park & Outdoor Gym - Wicklow Town

  • Wicklow Town
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Open to the public, the Skate Park and Outdoor Gym is located on the Murrough...