Keeping the West open

Posted by Barry Spurway on Mar 12, 2021

Find a way to keep more of Irelands tourist things open longer. The local hotel closes for six months and with it one of our swimming pools. More people moved West during the pandemic, so these people and those already living here need to be recognised. When the tourists go, there is still a population who want to live, to experience things, to enjoy their weekends. It is more important now with the people from the East moving here. If there is nothing for them to do here, what stops them moving back East. It may mean opening shorter hours, or operating differently, but there us still money among the populace, we have to travel to Dublin for music events, don't make u have to travel for everything we want to do.

Leitrim, Sligo, Cavan

Social Enterprise, Business, Local Services, Health And Wellbeing, Circular Economy, Town Centres, Children And Families, Food & Drink, Tourism

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Barry Spurway

I just think that local attractions, should trial opening further into the year, maybe with special events at Halloween, Christmas, Valentines Day, Easter and maybe some weekends in the winter, coordinated with each other. So initially they don't open all year, but rather trial longer opening, giving us somewhere to go when the weather stops us going outside as much.

Carol-ann Mc gowan

I think this is a problem we all face, even more so in rural areas without existing facilities: on a positive note we have our merits, less population in covid times allows us more space outdoors, and a greater appreciation of natural spaces. By adapting business: creating mobile units that can be hired amongst communities for outdoor events, and recycling the rental income back into hardware/ sheltered areas that can accommodate people in a safe socially distanced manner would allow people to feel a sense of community and generate an income back to business and community groups.

Barry Spurway

I think this would benefit the people and the businesses, but I am not sure how it could be implemented

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