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News Archive for August, 2011

‘Hubby and Son at Glencar Waterfall’ Wins LookWest.ie ‘My Summer’ Photo Competition

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

The winners of the Western Development Commission’s (WDC) LookWest.ie ‘My Summer’ photo competition have been announced. The winning photograph ‘Hubby and Son at Glencar Waterfall’ was taken by Noelle Burke of Co. Leitrim.

Helen Rochford Brennan, Chair of the WDC said, “When we launched the competition, we knew it would capture people’s imagination because nothing better sums up living in the Western Region than a stunning photograph. We were delighted with the response, with over 750 entries and over 2,000 members of the public voting for the shortlisted top 50 photos. Some of the photos submitted were truly spectacular and it can’t have been easy for people to pick their favourite.”

Paul Keyes, Head of Corporate Services at the WDC added, “Noelle Burke’s photo is fantastic – it represents so much of what is great about the West of Ireland; In fact Glencar Waterfall was voted as one of the LookWest.ie 7 Wonders of the West last year so it is no surprise that it featured amongst the many photos submitted for Co. Leitrim. We were really gratified with the response as it shows that people in the West of Ireland are really proud of their region and want to play an active part in promoting it as an excellent location for enterprise and employment. The photos will help us to showcase the attributes that make the Western Region such a great place to live, work and do business.”

The winner, Noelle Burke wins a fabulous prize of a weekend for four people at the 5 star Lough Eske Castle Hotel, outside Donegal town. The runner up is Brendan Lawlor with his photo ‘Jumping Ship’, which captures somebody jumping into Galway Bay from the diving board in Blackrock, Salthill. Brendan will receive a hamper from Source Sligo, the award-winning Source Restaurant, Wine Bar and a Cookery School in Sligo town. Third prize, a gift voucher from McCambridge’s of Galway, the family owned deli and fine foods store, goes to Miriam Havlin from Donegal for her photo ‘Sandcastles on Culdaff Beach, Inishowen’.

Paul Keyes said, “Because the competition was promoted online, we were able to use the popularity of social media and our large following on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to spread the message about the many advantages and benefits of living, working and doing business in the Western Region. Testament to our successful use of these various channels is the fact that LookWest.ie has recently been shortlisted for a Dot ie Net Visionary Award in the ‘Best Use of Social Media’ category.”

LookWest.ie was launched by the WDC in 2004 as a guide to living, working and doing business in the Western Region. As well as the LookWest.ie website, which receives over 20,000 visitors each month, the initiative works in partnership with relevant state agencies and is developing links with the Irish Diaspora to promote inward investment and job creation in the region – both crucial to address current challenges.

The winning photos are available for viewing at http://bit.ly/MySummerVoting .

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For further information please contact:

Paul Keyes, Western Development Commission, 086 604 8014
Or
Bernadette Mullarkey, Bane Mullarkey, 086 8062540

Top 50 Photos Shortlisted for LookWest.ie ‘My Summer’ Photo Competition

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

- Public vote to choose overall winner

The top 50 photos from the LookWest.ie My Summer photo competition have been selected and the public is now invited to vote for the overall winning photo. The competition, part of the Western Development Commission (WDC) LookWest.ie initiative to promote the Western Region as a great place to live, work and do business, attracted hundreds of entries since it was launched two weeks ago.

Ian Brannigan of the WDC said: “We invited people to capture and submit their favourite West of Ireland summer moment and we were absolutely delighted with the response. There were over 750 entries to the competition which captured awe-inspiring landscapes, surfscapes, festivals, gigs and summer fun-filled shots of Ireland’s Western Region. The top 50 photos are truly stunning and all equally portray the West of Ireland at its best; they are now available for viewing and voting on www.lookwest.ie  and on the LookWest.ie Facebook page http://bit.ly/MySummerVoting .”

The judging panel, which included Sligo photographer Colin Gillen of Framelight Studios, had a very difficult job in shortlisting the final 50 due to the creativity and energy of the photographs submitted. The shortlisted photos include captivating pictures of people jumping into Galway Bay from the diving board in Blackrock, Salthill, an enthusiastic dancer taking part in the annual O’ Carolan Harp Festival Door Dancing competition in Roscommon and an Alice in Wonderland themed photo, which was inspired by the Temple House Festival in Sligo.

Members of the public have from now until August 24th to vote for what they consider to be the best photo. Voting is free and easy to do through www.lookwest.ie and on the LookWest.ie Facebook page http://bit.ly/MySummerVoting  and voters themselves are in with a chance to win one of the voters prizes including t-shirts from county Clare-based, Emerald Surfwear, tour vouchers from Galway-based Segway Adventures and a piece of handmade jewellery from Mayo-based jewellery designer Victoria Foutz.

The overall winners will be announced on August 25th and prizes include a weekend for four at the five star Lough Eske Castle Hotel, a gift hamper from the Source Restaurant, Wine Bar and a Cookery School in Sligo town and a gift voucher from McCambridge’s, Galway’s family-owned deli and fine foods store.

LookWest.ie was launched by the WDC in 2004 as a guide to living, working and doing business in the Western Region. As well as the LookWest.ie website, which receives over 20,000 visitors each month, the initiative works in partnership with relevant state agencies and is developing links with the Irish Diaspora to promote inward investment and job creation in the region – both crucial to address current challenges.

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For further information please contact:
Ian Brannigan Western Development Commission, 086 6048012
Or
Bernadette Mullarkey, Bane Mullarkey, 086 806 2540

LookWest.ie ‘My Summer’ Photo Competition – Just 4 Days to Closing Date

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

With just 4 days left to the closing date, the Western Development Commission (WDC) is reminding the public to enter the LookWest.ie ‘My Summer’ photo competition and be in with a chance to win a top prize worth €1,500.

The ‘My Summer’ photo competition is for people to capture their favourite West of Ireland summer moments. Photos can be of a great memory, the fun and excitement of attending one of the region’s many festivals or just a lazy, relaxing day that captures the appeal of the West of Ireland. Entry is free, and photos can be uploaded through the competition link on www.lookwest.ie  or on the LookWest.ie  Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/LookWest  .

Almost 450 entries have already been received and the WDC is expecting a lot of entries following the bank holiday weekend when so many activities and events took place around the Western Region.

After the photo submission closing date (August 5th) a shortlist of the top 50 photographs will be compiled, based on a combination of their popularity on social media networks and the expert judging panel. Shortlisted photos will then be displayed on LookWest.ie and on Facebook for members of the public to vote for their favourite and select the winners.

LookWest.ie was launched by the WDC in 2004 as a guide to living, working and doing business in the Western Region. As well as the LookWest.ie website, which receives over 20,000 visitors each month, the initiative works in partnership with relevant state agencies and is developing links with the Irish Diaspora to promote inward investment and job creation in the region – both crucial to address current challenges.

Winners will be announced in late August and prizes include a weekend for four at the five star Lough Eske Castle Hotel, a gift hamper from the Source Restaurant, Wine Bar and Cookery School in Sligo town and a gift voucher from McCambridge’s, Galway’s family-owned deli and fine foods store. Voters will be rewarded with prizes including t-shirts from county Clare-based, Emerald Surfwear, tour vouchers from Galway-based Segway Adventures and a piece of handmade jewellery from Mayo-based jewelry designer Victoria Foutz.

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For further information please contact:
Ian Brannigan, Western Development Commission, 086 604 8012

Notes to editors on the Western Development Commission (WDC)
LookWest.ie, an initiative of the Western Development Commission, promotes the Western Region as an attractive and economically advantageous location for enterprise. It is the definitive online guide to living, working and doing business in Ireland’s Western Region.