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TOURISM BOOST FOR DONEGAL AS TOP CHINESE JOURNALISTS FLOWN INTO COUNTY

first_imgJournalists Effie Jia, Iris Deng, Yuanyue Bi and Wang Ting with Xin Wang, Tourism Ireland (second right), and tour guide Min Lin Siew (right), at the Slieve League Cliffs, Co Donegal.Pic – John McConnellHOTEL staff in Donegal may have to start brushing up on their Mandarin – tourism chiefs have targeted the China to help boost the number of visitors to the county.Four Chinese journalists have been visiting Donegal as guests of Tourism Ireland.The group includes a blogger, a travel photographer whose work has appeared in National Geographic and Lonely Planet, as well as two magazine journalists from China. They are here to experience at first-hand some of the many things to see and do in Ireland for features stories they will write when they return home.The journalists’ itinerary, designed by Fáilte Ireland, included visits to Dublin Castle and the ID2015 Design Hub, Trinity College and the Book of Kells and the Guinness Storehouse.Then it was on to Donegal, where the group took on a guided walk of the Slieve League cliffs and visits to Donegal Castle and Glenveagh Castle and Gardens.Amanda Burns, Tourism Ireland’s manager for Asia, said: “China is an important emerging travel market and one that Tourism Ireland is committed to growing over the coming years. The aim of this fact-finding visit is to increase awareness of the island of Ireland.” Mayor Ciaran Brogan welcomed the boost.“It’s fair to say a few years ago Donegal would not have been on the map when it came to tourism initiatives like this but now Tourism Ireland are really helping to push the real Ireland to overseas visitors,” said Cllr Brogan.“The Wild Atlantic Way is certainly helping and we know we could create many more jobs here if the council is given more funding to help develop the route further.”Cllr Brogan at the launch of the viewing point at Cnoc Fola last weekTOURISM BOOST FOR DONEGAL AS TOP CHINESE JOURNALISTS FLOWN INTO COUNTY was last modified: September 26th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalNumbersTourism IrelandVisitorslast_img read more

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SWILLY ROVERS U15 CUP WIN AGAINST ALL THE ODDS

first_imgUNDER 15 SFAI NATIONAL CUP QUARTER FINALSwilly Rovers 2 – 1 Kingdom BoysSwilly Rovers held on narrowly after first half goals by Conor Gormley and Ronan Docherty got them through to a semi-final spot with top schoolboy club St Kevin Boys from Dublin after Midfielder Diarmuid O’Connor halved the deficit for the Kerry side down in Listowel. The Ramelton side started slowly and on 6mins, Swilly net minder Dane Dunworth pulled off a super save from midfielder Kennedy. On 18mins from a Shane McNamee corner a goalmouth scramble occurred and Conor Gormley slotted to the net for the lead. It was all Swilly now and Ronan Docherty scored from 3yds after a free kick by McNamee was hit into the area. McNamee himself could have made it three only for the Kingdom keeper McKivergan to save well. Swilly were keeping their shape well with outstanding displays all around the field. The 2nd half started with the Kerry team pushing more forward and great defending from the back four and another amazing display by Dunworth in goals kept the two goal margin. Midfielder O’Connor scored with 17mins left to set up a very nervous ending for McNamee’s team. With the Kingdom Boys pushing high up the pitch, they started to leave gaps in their defence and from a sweeping move involving Toye, Hanlon & McNamee who sent Cameron Gormley through on goal but the diminutive winger shot narrowly wide. With 8mins remaining McNamee went through on goal and was taken down by the Kerry side’s keeper for a penalty. With the striker injured, up stepped Conor Gormley who sent the keeper the wrong way but just wide. The Kingdom Boys threw the kitchen sink at Swilly and McKelvey cleared off the line with Dunworth beaten. With seconds remaining, the team from Tralee won a free kick on the edge of the area and Irish International Rian O’Sullivan sent the ball high into the top corner only for Dunworth to make a magnificent save to push it out for a corner. With the Referee indicating that this was the last play, the resulting corner was cleared and Swilly got through to the Semi-Finals. Every player give 100% and were amazing Swilly Rovers – D Dunworth, C Doherty, B Patterson, J McKelvey, R Docherty, C Gormley, R Toye, B Diver, L Hanlon, S McNamee, C Gormley. (Subs) J L Blaney, D Morrison, Ray Boyce, Ronan Boyce, C Brogan, D Greene. Manager’s ReactionAfter everything that went on this last month with this match being a home match, then being told, we can’t play in Swilly Pk. Then being told it was to be played in Lucan, South Dublin as a neutral venue. Again being changed to Listowel by the SFAI. We decided as a club to travel and thankfully it worked out for us. The team were outstanding in every area of the pitch. One thing that needs to be said is a big fantastic thank you to Kingdom Boys who made a gesture of paying for all officials for the game. And to Listowel Celtic and their officials for the great hospitality they showed Swilly Rovers Schoolboys. Now a semi-final against one of the top schoolboy clubs in Europe. Home advantage but hopefully not Dublin. SWILLY ROVERS U15 CUP WIN AGAINST ALL THE ODDS was last modified: April 27th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CUPSFAIswilly roversU15slast_img read more

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