A new website entitled www.loughree.ie has just been launched as part of a concerted effort by the local community to showcase the picturesque south Longford area. The website certainly highlights all that the area has to offer in terms of tourism attractions and also boasts information on heritage and culture; activities and events; lists of accommodation; business directory; clubs and societies as well as schools and other news from the area.
Cllr Mark Casey who is involved in the Lough Ree Co-op said that the website developed after a group of people from the area gathered together in an effort to devise a plan which would showcase the picturesque Shannonside town and encourage tourism to the region. “We set up a local business forum and explored the ways in which we could highlight all that is good about the area and ways to promote business,” he explained. “We then decided to include areas like Newtowncashel in any future plans that we made, because the major towns around Lanesboro are also very influential.”
The local area representative went on to say that tourism in and around Lanesboro had “improved” over the past three years and the potential was there to expand on that, and develop the area further as a result. “Tidy towns and the local authority have done great work in terms of enhancing what is already there; we also have the Lough Ree Summer School coming up; the triathlon next weekend here in Lanesboro and also the Windsong Summer School which will begin in the coming weeks.