County Longford has five nominations to date in the ‘Best Place to Holiday in Ireland’ section on the Irish Times website, www.irishtimes.ie. The submissions come just days after it was highlighted that Longford was among three counties, along with Carlow and Monaghan, not to receive a single nomination.
Longford’s total of five submissions favours well when compared to other Midlands counties, with Westmeath also receiving five and Laois getting 11, while Offaly has just three nominations. Many popular tourist destinations are within range, too. Wicklow has seven endorsements to date, as does Kilkenny. The county with the highest number of nominations is Kerry, which received 106.
The submissions advocating Longford as The Best Place to Holiday in Ireland so far primarily focus on its convenient location in the centre of the country, its suitability as a base for fishing holidays, and the rich history and culture associated with the area. Notable attractions include Europe’s tidiest village, Abbeyshrule, Ardagh, Lanesboro, the Backstage Theatre, the Goldsmith Festival, adventure sports in Ballymahon and the River Shannon.
Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of four judges, including tour guide and hostel owner, Steve McPhilemy, Margaret Jeffries of the Good Food Ireland initiative, Green Party leader, Eamon Ryan and Rosita Boland of the Irish Times.
The deadline for submissions is fast approaching. Anyone who wishes to write a nomination can do so by visiting http://bit.ly/longfordholiday.