Wild Atlantic Way spawns Donegal
An innovative new food
and marine tourism course will see food and
tourism businesses in Donegal work together to
create "a unique visitor experience" for visitors
exploring the Wild Atlantic Way.
The part-time Certificate in Marine Tourism and
Seafood Fundamentals course was launched by Donegal
Cathaoirleach Cllr Terence Slowey at the LYIT
Tourism College in Killybegs.
This course is a key component of the Donegal
Atlantic Coastal Trail and has input from a number
of key organisations including Bord Iascaigh Mhara.
LYIT School of Tourism head, Dr Sean Duffy said:
“The course will introduce people to what marine
tourism is all about and will have a particular
focus on the seafood industry in Donegal. The course
will be hands-on and will include guest speakers as
well as visits to businesses operating in this
At the launch of the new tourism
course as part of the Donegal Atlantic Coastal Trail
project were: Cllr John Campbell, Dr. Seán Duffy,
Meadbh Seoighe, Cllr Terence Slowey, Cllr Niamh
Kennedy and Seamus Neely.
The launch gathering
was told that while there had been an increase in
visitor numbers to the North West including Donegal,
only 12% of Wild Atlantic Way visitors journey north
Údaras na Gaeltachta development executive Meadbh
"This course is for everyone and because it is
part-time it means that you can continue to work or
to run your business while studying. It will be a
great springboard for someone interested in this
sector and in availing of the opportunities it
presents. Donegal is competing with some very well
experienced regions such as Kerry and therefore it
is important that we are all on message and that
everyone is telling our story and creating the
unique and special experience that our visitors are
For more information on the new course, call the
School of Tourism (LYIT) on 074 91 86600.