Mayor Welcomes Wild Atlantic Way Route Announcment

The news that the route of the Wild Atlantic Way is to run along the Kerry coastline has been welcomed by the Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Terry O'Brien, who pointed to the huge tourism benefits to the county.

The Wild Atlantic Way has been developed by Fáilte Ireland as a long distance driving route, stretching from Donegal to Kinsale. It offers visitors the opportunity to explore Ireland's scenic west and south-west coast. The final route was announced on Wednesday, April 24th 2013 by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD.

Already, temporary signage marking the route have been erected in Kerry, with signs visible on the N86 between Tralee and Blennerville.

Welcoming the announcement of the route, Mayor of Kerry Cllr Terry O'Brien stated that a lot of work had gone into ensuring that as much of Kerry's coastline was included in the route.

"I am completely biased when I say that Kerry has some of the most fantastic coastal scenery in Europe, if not the world, and it is our duty to ensure the as many people as possible can also see it," he said.

"Being able to market the whole west coast of Ireland on similar lines to other international driving routes is fantastic. Kerry and the west coast will benefit greatly, both from a visitor point of view and also economically."

The Mayor also stated that the development of additional loops off the Wild Atlantic Way will also help to showcase the tourism product that Kerry can offer.

"Over the coming months and years, I am looking forward to seeing the Wild Atlantic Way develop and we will be able to encourage visitors not only to the traditional tourist spots around the county,  but also to other 'hidden gems' that we need to further promote.

"The work that has gone into The Gathering by communities all around Kerry has been fantastic, and hopefully we will be able continue that work over the coming years, not only along the Wild Atlantic Way, but throughout Kerry."

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