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WDC rejects notion of ‘too many airports’

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WDC chairman Paddy McGuinness...support.

A suggestion that Shannon Airport should be prioritised for the awarding of fifth freedom air rights and an assertion the Government is subsidising too many airports has been challenged by the Chairman of the Western Development Commission, WDC, Paddy McGuinness.

Mr. McGuinness was commenting on a paper prepared on behalf of the Shannon Airport Marketing Consultative Committee (SAMCC) by Professor Jim Deegan, Head of the Department of Economics and Director, National Centre for Tourism Policy Studies at the University of Limerick.

“The suggestion that singling out Shannon Airport for preferential treatment would assist in redressing the economic imbalance between Dublin and the remainder of the country is hard to understand. The exact opposite is the more likely outcome.

“We have seen how significant investment in road and rail network outside of the Western Region has resulted in most of counties Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal and part of Roscommon and Galway being rated as  ‘inaccessible’ because they are more  than a two hour drive-time to any of the State airports as well as having  poorer or non-existent rail services.

“These ‘inaccessible’ areas include the National Spatial Strategy gateway of Sligo and the twinned hubs of Castlebar and Ballina, which are key urban centres in the West/North West.

“Ireland West Airport Knock is Ireland’s fourth largest international airport.  It is the only airport in the Border, Midlands and Western Region with the capacity to handle transatlantic aircraft, and is accessible to the gateways of Sligo and Galway,” said Mr McGuinness.

“What is needed is a balanced approach to serving the international inbound tourist needs of the wider region especially when discussing state supports. The Western Development Commission’s remit includes Clare and, therefore, welcomes the fact that Shannon Airport has in recent years been the beneficiary of considerable state support.

“The Commission believes that the disadvantage being endured by other parts of the West and North West needs to be rectified through similar support,” he added.

But Mr Mc Guinness welcomed the recognition by the Minster and the Department of Transport that all the international airports, each serving different geographic catchments should  be on a level playing field when trying to attract new business to the region and indeed to the country.

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July spending steady but teenagers still splash out

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Jilly Clarkin...less shopping and more socialising.

Increased spending among teenagers was the only upward curve in July as overall debit and credit card spending fell marginally last month, according to Bank of Ireland.

Their analysis of debit and credit card spending in July recorded a one per cent total monthly fall, as a mixed picture emerged across business sectors.

While other age groups mainly decreased their July spending, teenagers are clearly enjoying their summer holidays with a major spending increase of 17 per cent for the month – a trend which was also reflected in June.

There was a two per cent uptick in social spending throughout July, whilst spending in pubs (+4%), restaurants (+3%) and in fast-food outlets (+1%) all recorded positive figures – having all posted negative spending stats in June.

The improved July weather also saw a spending hike in cinemas of just five per cent, a stark drop from June’s cinema spending rise of 25 per cent.

Overall spending in the retail sector was down three per cent in total, with outlay on clothing (-10%) and groceries (-1%) both dropping, but spending on petrol rose by five per cent as forecourt fuel prices levelled off somewhat nationwide.

Consumers were also evidently not keen to forego their sweet treats in July, with spending in bakeries also rising by five per cent.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway man spots gap in the market with his wood-fired pizza ovens

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Tuam's Pat Daly (right) chats to a customer about his wood fired ovens

The recent fine weather has certainly whetted the appetite for outdoor cooking – but one Tuam businessman has taken alfresco dining to a different level.

That saw Pat Daly inundated with inquiries at the annual Tullamore Show last weekend about his range of outdoor wood-fired ovens that are particularly suited to cooking pizzas but can also knock out some tasty meat dishes as well.

It is a significant departure for the long-established electrical retailer in Tuam – but it is one that he has put some considerable research into.

Last week Pat and his wife Eimear accepted a container load of the woodfire brick ovens of all sizes from Portugal where they are built and he has now established a showroom for the public to view at first hand.

While his main interest remains in Daly Electrical in Tuam, he believes that there is a growing passion for outdoor cooking in this country while the popularity of pizzas has skyrocketed.

“It’s an exciting challenge,” admits Pat Daly who said that he was surprised by the reaction that he received at the Tullamore Show.

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Former Manchester United star joins forces with Galway tech company

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New alliance...Rachel Kavanagh, CMO Clubforce; Garry Stannett, CEO Rio Ferdinand Foundation, and Noel Murray, CEO, Clubforce.

A Galway enterprise that started out as a pet project to establish a fundraising tool for Irish Diaspora to send money to their GAA clubs back home has now teamed up with an English football legend – to drive inclusivity in sport.

Clubforce, founded by Warren Healy in Carna back in 2009, has joined forced with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, a youth and community development charity which works in the heart of the UK’s most disadvantaged communities.

The Rio Ferdinand Foundation was set up in 2012 by the former professional footballer, following issues of inequality he experienced in his own life.

It is now working in communities across Ireland and the UK, with regional hubs in Belfast, Manchester, and London – supporting more than 10,000 youths, helping them to realise their potential.

Foundation Founder, former Manchester United and England centre-half Rio Ferdinand, said he was ‘delighted to collaborate with a community-focused software company developing technology to promote sports participation and make sport accessible to all’.

“We are on the same journey,” he said.

Clubforce CMO Rachel Kavanagh said they had huge admiration for the work done by the Rio Ferdinand Foundation – particularly for girls.

“I’m especially excited to hear about programs such as GoGirl, building the confidence of young women and girls to achieve their potential. We’re looking forward to contributing to the efforts made by the Foundation to drive inclusion and sports participation across genders in both geographies,” she said.

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