Enniscorthy Castle have been announced as winners of the Chambers Ireland, Excellence in Local Government award in the Supporting Tourism category at an awards ceremony in Dublin last night (November 8 2012).
The award profile the excellent work undertaken by local authorities on behalf of Chambers Ireland in the past year, and Enniscorthy Castle and Enniscorthy Town Council were nominated by Enniscorthy Chamber of Commerce, shortlisted for the awards and announced the opverall recipient at the prestigious event.
Competition in the awrads category was notable and also shortlisted were the Geopark Ambassadors Project, Cavan; Carlow County Museum, Carlow; and the Donegal Gathering, Donegal, with Enniscorthy Castle scooping the title.
Accepting the award on behalf of the Castle was Cllr. Keith Doyle, Chairperson Enniscorthy Town Council; Mr. Eddie Breen, County Manager; Mr. Tony Larkin, Town Manager, Mr. Padraig O’Gorman, Town Clerk; Mr. Colm Neville, Chairperson Enniscorthy Chamber of Commerce; Mr. Michael Bennett, Enniscorthy Chamber of Commerce, and Ms. Jacqui Hynes, Manager, Enniscorthy Castle.
Following the event, manager of the Castle, Jacqui Hynes said “We are so delighted and honoured to have won this very prestigious award, and it is a fantastic recognition of the work and commitment of all involved in making the Castle the success it is today.”
Wexford County Council and Enniscorthy Town Council have successfully renovated Enniscorthy Castle, and in the past eighteen months, it has become a significant tourist attraction in the town, as well as a visitor information centre, and a hub of activity for local groups. Our exhibitions, entitled ‘A View from the Keep’ explores the development of the Castle and town from its Anglo-Norman origins to the present day.
Enniscorthy Castle continually strives to offer visitors the very best tourism experience and organise and host events on an on-going basis and is currently preparing for the next significant event. The Castle will host the National art exhibition entitled ‘Elements’. Forty pieces of art and sculpture, drawn from the National art collection, will be exhibited there from Saturday, 8th December 2012 to Sunday, 13th January 2013. Admission to the exhibition is free, and is a wonderful opportunity to see art and sculpture from nationally and internationally renowned artists on display in County Wexford for the very first time.
Further details on the event and Enniscorthy Castle can be found online at enniscorthycastle.ie