A COMMUNITY fightback to win tourists after being left off the Wild Atlantic Way is already starting to pay dividends.
Mulroy Bay may not be on the famous route thanks – or should that be ‘no thanks’ – to the Harry Blaney Bridge.
But their own Mulroy Drive is attracting tourists!
Deputy Joe McHugh, who met local tourism operators this week, has praised them for their bid.
“I met with the Mulroy Drive group to discuss the work the group have done and their efforts around inclusion as a sub route of the Wild Atlantic Way or possibly as an alternative ‘Plan B’ route,” said Deputy McHugh.
“The group outlined that there has been an increase in the number of camper vans on the route as a result of the heavy marketing behind the Wild Atlantic Way, and this very positive development is one which should be encouraged and supported.
“I have been in touch with Joan Crawford, of Failte Ireland, and I want to commend her and her team on the phenomenal work and success to date of the Wild Atlantic Way. The team have already made a huge impact on the ground and I will be suggesting that they meet with the Mulroy Drive group to see where we can be supporting each other.
“I have been in touch with Minister Ring highlighting the work that the group are doing and the benefit to the area if they were to receive funding support.
“I have also contacted the Donegal County Manager, Seamus Neely regarding the matter of roads assistance in tidying up laybys and hedge cutting.
“I think it is important to recognise the hard work that local business are doing and I want to commend those who have come together in order to improve and promote the scenic route in the most beneficial way to the local community.
“Sean Quinn CEO has also congratulated the Mulroy Drive group in their efforts to ensure there are strong grounds in place in order to entice tourists, already visiting the Wild Atlantic Way, to visit and stay in the area.
“I have been pushing strongly for the route to form a significant part of the wild Atlantic way and I am calling for it to be included in the new App that people will be able to download to their phones.
“I look forward to working closely with the Mulroy Drive group, highlighting the important work which is being done on an ongoing basis, and also raising awareness of the role the area could be playing as part of the Wild Atlantic Way.”