The economy of South Tipperary could be the big winner from Friday’s royal visit to The Rock of Cashel, according to the Town Clerk of the town.
With the local area on a national stage the visit presents a huge potential to increase tourists as well as a chance to promote local food produce and attract industrial investment to South Tipperary.
Speaking from her office in Cashel Town Council, Town Clerk Marie McGivern said that for the last three weeks everyone has been working “flat-out” to get ready for Friday and has no doubt that one spin-off benefit will be an increase in Cashel’s Tidy Towns marks and a boost to local industry.
The fact that Queen Elizabeth has chosen to come to Cashel just shown how unique and highly thought of Cashel is in Great Britain and throughout the world, Ms McGivern points out. “From a tourist point of view the fact a head of state is visiting will make the Rock of Cashel a focus for people to visit when they come to Ireland. This is a ‘branding’ not only for Cashel but for South Tipperary as a whole. There will be spin-offs for tourism and our food market. It will open doors for our exports.
“For business people and industrialists from outside the area this will bring Cashel and South Tipperary into focus as a destination to locate.”
The town isn’t expecting huge crowds but if there is an influx on the day the town has proved in the past well able to welcome crowds efficiently, especially at the times of the Red Bull event and the National Lottery Sky Fest.
“I can’t see any negative from this visit. There is nothing but positive in this for the people of South Tipperary.”
From a person point of view Ms McGivern told The Nationalist she is very proud to be involved and associated with the queen’s visit, as are all the members and staff of Cashel Town Council. The Rock is iconic and is on the tentative list for World Heritage Status, these things combined with an invitation from the council that sold CAshel well meant the council weren’t surprised when their invitation was accepted. They had waited with ‘positive optimism’ between sending the invitation and hearing it had been taken up.
“I think it will be absolutely marvellous. It will be the place to be seen and it’s great to get this opportunity to market the county,” said Ms McGivern. “I think it will gather momentum over the next five years and the people of Cashel will see the benefits. It’s a stimulus that will get things moving.
“Thsi is a agreat place to set up business. We have the best of products and we have the quality.”