***** OLDC NEWS ARCHIVE ITEM........... PUBLISHED 06.03.14 *****

In early 2013 OLDC developed a bespoke training and mentoring programme for Tourism Providers in County Offaly. The programme was developed after consultation with tourism providers and with agencies including Fáilte Ireland and was funded under the Rural Development Programme 2007 -2013.

Nine tourism businesses took part in the training including:

  • Aaron House B&B, Kinnitty
  • Ardmore Country House, Kinnitty
  • Ballinahown Craft Village
  • Castle Barna Golf Club, Daingean
  • Lime Kiln Cottages, Lusmagh
  • Lough Boora Parklands
  • Riverside Paradise, Banagher
  • Tullamore Pet Farm & Clydesdale Horse Centre
  • The Tullamore Show

The training focused on key areas including - Managing the Numbers, Making a Great Impression, Customer Service, Branding, Marketing New Services, Facebook & Social Media, Health & Safety and Basic First Aid/ CPR.

The participants’ explored new opportunities and developed specific plans for their tourism businesses through one to one mentoring sessions with Terry Harmer of NLC Training.

Two best practice site visits to Rathwood Co. Wicklow and Ballyhoura Country encouraged participants to experience the tourism sector in other parts of the country, look at opportunities and challenges, and learn from other tourism providers experiences.

The training and mentoring programme concluded at the end of February 2014. Feedback about the training was very positive. The participants’ believed the programme encouraged them to develop practical skills and knowledge relevant to the sector, to network and to look at new openings for their respective businesses and the tourism sector in Co. Offaly. 

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Participants who took part in OLDC Tourism Training and Mentoring Programme

Back Row: L-R Martina Colton, Freda Kinnarney,Aileen Duffy and Carmel Rohan.

Front Row: L-R Peter Downey, Joan Larkin, Lisa Healy and Helen Darcy.

Missing from photo: Evelyn & Kieran Morgan, Betty Grimes & Christina Bynne.


out and about

 Training programme participants in conversation with Fergal Sommers at the Mountain Bike Trails, Ballyhoura

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