Deputy Lowry has stated that he is pleased to have had the opportunity to assist and encourage this project from the outset.
“I am very impressed by the commitment to restore and expand the hotel as a commercial venture and in particular their enthusiasm to make the hotel an integral part of the town for the benefit of the local economy.
Both the Magnier and O’ Brien families have had a long and treasured association with the Cashel Place Hotel. It has been a pleasure to meet with their partner in the business Mr. Teo AH Khing who is an impressive international businessman with interests in the hospitality sector. They are currently formulating an exciting proposal for the property which will be of enormous value to the town and surrounding areas of Cashel”.
Deputy Lowry continued, “The Rock of Cashel is a renowned tourist gem. It attracts over 300,000 visitors each year. In the past, the town has not reaped the potential financial gain from this volume of visitors. From a tourist perspective Cashel has a major infrastructure deficit as it doesn’t have the capacity to accommodate a fraction of the visitors who wish to stay in the town and also explore the many other visitor attractions in Tipperary.
The appointed design team and archaeological specialists have a fantastic plan which will include and respect the tradition and heritage of Mikey Ryan’s Pub. They have on-going discussions with senior management at Tipperary County Council and other appropriate state agencies. The design team are now familiar with the Cashel town plan which emphasises the benefit of closer connectivity between the Rock and the town. This can be achieved by the reconfiguration of parking, improved access to the town and newly recreated pedestrian walkways”. Lowry reiterated that the new owners of the Palace have conveyed their willingness to co-operate where practical with the implementation of this town plan.
Michael Lowry, T.D. concluded “This is a very welcome development by this consortium who have the resources, the vision, commitment and expertise to make the initial investment and also sustain the hotel into the future. The hospitality and catering offering under this new plan will bring lasting benefits to the economy of Cashel”.
Independent T.D. Michael Lowry is calling on all Co. Tipperary Tourism Providers in communities throughout Co. Tipperary to “Reach Out”.
Speaking recently at a private meeting on the future of Tipperary Tourism, Deputy Lowry called on all urban and rural communities, across Co. Tipperary, to familiarise themselves with the website Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) (http://www.irelandxo.com/) and to become fully involved locally through the many voluntary roles offered.
The Independent Deputy stated; “Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO)” is a volunteer-based, non-profit initiative which can build lasting links between the widely spread global Diaspora; estimated at some 70 million people of Irish decent, many of whom can, through past family discussion already identify with their particular parish of origin here in Co. Tipperary.”
Become connected within your local parish community in Co. Tipperary.
“The ‘Ireland Reaching Out’ website is simple but intelligent, based on the idea of ‘involved reverse genealogy’. So instead of waiting for our global Tipperary Diaspora to trace their roots, Ireland XO volunteers can network directly with people from around Tipperary in their local communities. By doing so local communities can assist in building bridges between the present and the past; through connecting people with their Irish home parishes and discovering very often lost ancestry. This in turn will results in badly needed tourism being attracted to all areas of Tipperary; while creating some small, yet instant full time and part time employment in the county through our excellent hotels, B&B’s, Restaurants and Visitor Centres.” stated Lowry.
“Tipperary published brochures, while necessary to some degree, can be no substitute in our modern Ireland for online marketing. With the unset of the new tourism initiative ‘Ireland’s Ancient East“, focused on heritage and history and themed along the four pillars of; Ancient Ireland; Early Christian Ireland; Medieval Ireland and Anglo Ireland, there is a very grave possibility that our northern Tipperary countryside; north of the Rock of Cashel and Holycross, will remain somewhat neglected,” continued the Deputy.
Be a part of the Co. Tipperary International story.
“To date, Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) has helped thousands of Irish people discover the history of their long lost relatives, their existing families and to reconnect them, where possible, with their Irish parish of origin. Whether people have emigrated recently or have never set foot on our sandy shores, Irish people will always welcome visitors from all over the world and particularly those who share an existing affinity for our rich and varied Tipperary heritage. It should therefore remain our aim to assist those now resident abroad to return and discover the real story of their families, their past history and reconnect them with the Tipperary of 2016″ concluded Michael Lowry.