Kilkenny named as Irelands 2013 Tourism Town

first_imgUpdated 29 November, 9.57amFÁILTE IRELAND HAS named Kilkenny as the country’s Tourism Town for 2013.Mulranny in county Mayo was also honoured at an awards ceremony yesterday with the Best Small Town award.Fáilte Ireland’s Tourism Town Award was launched last year to encourage more Irish towns and villages to work together to enhance their appeal to visitors.The winners were chosen from a shortlist of ten top tourism towns. Both locations will each receive cash awards of €10,000 and €5,000 to help promote their locality. The other eight towns will receive €1,000 and a certificate of merit.Last year’s inaugural winner was Portmagee in county Kerry. The awards were designed to promote Irish town and villages which are working hard to enhance their appeal to tourists visiting their area.Earlier, we asked readers to choose between the shortlisted towns. Here’s how you voted:Cobh, county CorkAnnie Moore was the first immigrant to the United States to pass through Ellis Island. She departed from Cobh, with her brothers Phillip and Anthony, on the steamship Nevada on 1 January 1892, her 15th birthday. Image: Cobh/ShutterstockDrogheda, county LouthImage: Drogheda/Shutterstock Ennis, county ClareEamon de Valera, addressing a meeting in Ennis just before his arrest in a 1923 photo. (AP Photo)Kenmare, county KerryThe French ‘Lasuma’ team rowing across Kenmare Bay at dawn in Ireland’s Turas adventure race, 2008. (Image: Val O’Sullivan/PA Archive/Press Association Images)KilkennyAlison Brierton and Donnacha O Connor, aged 2, from Kilkenny, watch the Irish Air Corps at the Bray Air Display on Bray Seafront, Wicklow. (Kenneth O Halloran/PA Archive/Press Association Images)Letterkenny, county DonegalImage: Letterkenny/Shutterstock Mulranny, county MayoImage: Mark Waters/FlickrMurrisk, county MayoImage: damiandude/FlickrTralee, county KerryImage: Julien Behal/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesWestport, county MayoImage: Westport/ShutterstockWhich hotspot would you like to see named Ireland’s Tourism Town for 2013? Mulranny, county Mayo (469) Cobh, county CorkDrogheda, county LouthEnnis, county ClareKenmare, county KerryKilkennyLetterkenny, county DonegalMulranny, county MayoMurrisk, county MayoTralee, county KerryWestport, county MayoVoteRead: This year was the best summer for tourist numbers since 2008 Kenmare, county Kerry (1235) Poll Results: Westport, county Mayo (1441) Tralee, county Kerry (343) Drogheda, county Louth (825) Murrisk, county Mayo (260) Cobh, county Cork (616) Letterkenny, county Donegal (1102) Kilkenny (1722) Ennis, county Clare (578)last_img read more