Corlea Trackway in top 10 things to do

Longford makes its way onto midlands tourism map

Corlea Trackway in top 10 things to do
By aisling kiernan

A new tourism promotion in the midlands sees Co Longford’s Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre included among the top 10 attractions in the region.

Run in conjunction with Midlands Ireland the campaign also lists Belvedere House and Gardens outside Mullingar; the local Lakelands and Inland Waterways; the Slieve Bloom Mountains; Clonmacnoise; Emo Court and Gardens; Kilbeggan Distillery; Lough Boora Discovery Park and Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre as venues worth checking out should the opportunity present itself.

Speaking to the Leader, chairperson, Longford Tourism, Cllr Micheál Carrigy said that both he and his counterparts within the local organisation had been pushing Fáilte Ireland for the past few years to put Corlea Trackway on the local tourism map.

“We believe that funding is also needed to finish off the Royal Canal between Killashee and Longford town which would mean a straight run from Dublin to Longford along the canal,” added the Ballinalee-based local area representative.

Cllr Carrigy also explained that land had been purchased at the Corlea site in recent months and this would result in further development of the trackway in the not too distant future.

This, together with the opening up of the Royal Canal, would bring a whole new lease of life to Longford, suggested Cllr Carrigy before pointing out that there was a real “onus” on Fáilte Ireland now to get moving on the promotion and development of tourism here.

“Longford should also benefit from the whole new lakelands and waterways initiatives that have been developed, so I believe that this is a very positive and opportune time for this county,” concluded Cllr Carrigy.