***** OLDC NEWS ARCHIVE ITEM........... PUBLISHED 20.09.12 *****

Teach Lea, Lough Boora

Saturday 29th September 2012

10am – 2pm

You are invited to attend this exploratory workshop to examine the potential of developing a series of community based tourism trails for the county.

The workshop will look at the development of walking, cycling, food, tourism, craft, heritage & gardening trails as part of an overall trail package that will raise community profiles and increase visitor numbers in the county.

Before any tourism product is developed, your input as to how a tourism trail might work for your community, your business and your products is vital.  This workshop is your opportunity to be involved in shaping this initiative from the outset.

We are delighted to welcome experts involved in the development of trails and community tourism programmes.  Speakers include Eoin Hogan of the Trail Kilkenny Initiative (www.trailkilkenny.ie), Aveen Henry of UCC - the developers of the Waterford Food Trail (launch date 21 Sept 2012) and Orla Casey of Momentum Marketing Services who developed the Roscommon Community Tourism Initiative.

Registration opens at 10am and a light lunch will be served at 2pm at the workshop conclusion.  If you wish to attend or to nominate representatives from your community organisation or network to attend, please do so by return email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .  Spaces are limited to two representatives per community group or network.  Individual businesses may also attend.

Please spread the message about the workshop with as many in your community as possible – in particular heritage clubs, gardening clubs, walking/ rambling and cycling clubs.

Who should attend ?

Existing Walking Trails, Community Groups, Offaly Delicious Food Network & Food Producers,   Offaly Craft Network & Craft Producers, Offaly Tourism network & Producers, heritage Groups, Walking / Rambling Clubs, Canoe clubs, Existing Visitor Attractions, Gardening Clubs, GIY Groups, Cycling Clubs


10.00     Registration


10.30     Opening Address


10.35     Eoin Hogan -Trail Kilkenny


10.50     Aveen Henry - UCC


11.05     Orla Casey - Momentum Marketing Services


11.20    Q&A


11.45    Coffee


12.00    Workshops & Feedback


1.30      Next Steps


1.35      Launch of Offaly Tourism Network Website


2.00      Close & Lunch

If you require further information on this workshop, please call  Siobhan Broderick on 086 8609 882

Additional information