Wexford's history is a 'footnote' in promotional material says Malcolm

By Fintan Lambe

Published 21/04/2015 | 00:00

Chairman of Wexford County Council Malcolm Byrne has said that Wexford is a 'footnote' in the promotional material being sent abroad for the Ireland's Ancient East tourism initiative.

'Wexford should be up front and centre when it comes to history,' stated Cllr Byrne, pictured, who said his concern at Wexford's under-representation is shared by many of his fellow councillors.

'Some Wexford locations are mentioned as footnotes in the promotional material but did not appear in initial press releases, promotional videos, or at the centre of the marketing campaign planned by Fáilte Ireland,' he said. 'I make no apologies for arguing that when an international tourism campaign based around heritage and history is being rolled out, that Wexford should to be to the fore and not a footnote.'

'I welcome any tourist initiative, but given that the focus is supposed to be on Ireland's ancient, Viking and Norman past, I find it bizarre that Co Wexford's key role in all these aspects of our history does not feature,' he said. 'I would hope that Fáilte Ireland would engage with Wexford County Council and tourism and historic interests with a view to ensuring in the rollout of this marketing initiative, that the many attractions and important sites that we have to offer in the sunny south east are appropriately included.'

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