‘7 Wonders of the West’ Revealed

The West’s Natural Attractions are Winners throughout the Region

The Western Development Commission’s (WDC) campaign to find the “7 Wonders of the West” has come to a close with over 1,800 votes cast by members of the public. The winning ‘Wonders’ are; Glenveagh National Park in Donegal, Surfing in Strandhill in Sligo, Croagh Patrick (The Reek) in Mayo, Glencar Waterfall in Leitrim, Strokestown House in Roscommon, Dun Aengus on the Aran Islands in Galway and The Cliffs of Moher in Clare.

Speaking about the campaign, Joanne Grehan, WDC Regional Development Executive said, “When we launched this campaign in November, we knew it would capture peoples’ imagination but we were completely overwhelmed by the passion it has evoked in so many voters. Based on nominations received during November, we shortlisted the top seven ‘Wonders’ in each of the seven counties and called on members of the public to vote for their favourite in each county.

“It must have been an extremely difficult choice because the shortlist included so many iconic sites, stunning landscapes, festivals, events and a number of unique experiences that make our region really special. I would like to pay a special tribute to all of those shortlisted because they all add tremendously to our lives in the Western Region. Notwithstanding the challenge of selecting from that shortlist, the voters came out in force and predominantly chose the region’s natural attractions which topped the leader board for most of the voting process”, she added.

The campaign to find the Western Region’s unique ‘Wonders’ was hosted and promoted via LookWest.ie, the WDC’s online guide to living and working in the Western Region. LookWest.ie is a one stop shop for people and businesses thinking about relocating to the Western region. It is used by over 21,000 people every month and can now be accessed in Irish.

“We knew LookWest.ie was an obvious vehicle for this campaign because of the relationships we have developed with visitors to the site in recent years”, said Ms Grehan. “Our work in the WDC is focused on promoting the benefits and economic advantages of the West of Ireland and through the ‘7 Wonders’ campaign, the public has underlined the quality of life we all enjoy in this Region. Over the past two months, voters have commended us on the ‘7 Wonders’ idea which has now resulted in a fantastic list of great things to see and do in the Western Region”.

Donal Healy, Sales and Marketing Manager, Ireland West Airport Knock said: ‘The Airport was delighted to be involved with the ‘7 Wonders of the West’ campaign. The West of Ireland really has some truly wonderful sights and attractions which to many remain undiscovered and unseen and this campaign helps to highlight the many wonderful attractions that the West of Ireland has to offer’.

Everybody who voted for their favourite ‘Wonder’ from the shortlist was entered into a draw for two special prizes and Teresa Kennedy has won an Apple iPad while Vinny Melvin has won two return tickets to the UK courtesy of bmibaby.com in association with Ireland West Airport.

“As the year draws to a close, we are absolutely delighted to celebrate the ‘7 Wonders of the West’. This has been a difficult year for many, but this campaign reminds us about the many strengths that make our Region special and we look forward to making the most of these ‘Wonders’ in the year ahead.

“We would like to thank our partners who supported this campaign; Kennys.ie – Galway’s world-famous bookshop which celebrates 70 years in business this year, bmibaby.com and Ireland West Airport Knock and the Sligo-based online poll and survey provider PollDaddy for hosting the vote. But most especially, we would like to thank the thousands of people who voted for their ‘7 Wonders of the West” and we wish everybody a very Merry Christmas, concluded Ms Grehan.

Stock photographs of the winning ‘Wonders’ can be downloaded from the following link. http://bit.ly/7WondersGallery

For further information please contact:

Joanne Grehan, Western Development Commission, 086 856 5802
Bernadette Mullarkey, Bane Mullarkey, 086 806 2540