On top of the world

VISITORS from all over the world will be flocking to Abbeyleix after their Livcom success predicted Laois County Council Leas Cathaoirleach John Moran.

VISITORS from all over the world will be flocking to Abbeyleix after their Livcom success predicted Laois County Council Leas Cathaoirleach John Moran.

Pride of Place winners Abbeyleix where chosen to represent Ireland at the International Liveable Communities (Livcom) presentation ceremony in Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates where they won a silver award (in the under 20,000 population category).

And their triumph on the world stage was recognised by Laois County Council who made a presentation to their successful Livecom committee at Aras an Chontae recently.

The Laois delegation that travelled to the United Arab Emirates included Leas Cathaoirleach John Moran, Gary O’Keeffe (Abbeyleix ABC), Cllr John Joe Fennelly and Laois Tourism Officer Dom Reddin.

Cathaoirleach Paul Mitchell lauded Abbeyleix ‘as a gem of a place’, while Cllr John Joe Fennelly said they were very proud to represent Laois and Ireland.

Cllr Moran said he hoped people realised just how important this achievement was and he praised the delegation for their professional and fantastic video presentation. “I was very proud to be part of the team and there will definitely be visitors from all over the world coming to visit Abbeyleix. Their presentation was flawless.”

Dom Reddin introduced a short snippet of footage from the video presentation which featured Glenda Gilson as presenter. Local links to George Clooney and Daniel Day Lewis were referred to, while Ms Gilson who hailed Abbeyleix as ‘a hidden gem in the midlands’ was pictured enjoying a pint of Guinness at a trad music session in Morrissey’s.

County Manager Peter Carey said the people of Laois often don’t appreciate what they have on their own doorstep.

“There is a fantastic network of towns and Abbeyleix is a gem in. The Livcom is an international award and just recognition for the work of the people of Abbeyleix.”

Mr Carey congratulated Abbeyleix and its community representatives and he also paid tribute to Dom Reddin, Georgina Ireland and Honor Deevy for their contribution to the project.

Gary O’Keeffe said it was important to build on the Livcom success. He thanked everyone who supported the initiative. “Georgina was the star of the show and John Moran was brilliant as our chef d’équipe.”

Cllr Rotimi Adebari said the Abbeyleix presentation demonstrated the power of video and he suggested that Laois County Council invest in commissioning similar promotional videos for the major towns of Laois and have they available to view on the web-site.

“It will cost but we’ll get the benefit in the long run from the tourists we attract.”