A novel tourism scheme introduced by Carrick-on-Suir’s business community to attract more visitors to the town is to be featured on a RTE television show presented by Joe Duffy.
Carrick-on-Suir Business Association’s Golden Years Discount Wednesdays project is to be the subject of one of RTE’s “Local Heroes” series of programmes.
The series is about celebrating individuals and groups who are doing or plan to do something visionary to create jobs in their local communities. The Carrick-on-Suir episode will be broadcast in May.
The programme’s production team with Joe Duffy started filming in Carrick-on-Suir last Saturday and will be returning to the town again next Wednesday.
The Golden Years Discount Wednesdays project is one of a number of initiatives COSBA has developed over the past few years to boost trade in local businesses and nurture job creation by encouraging people to visit the town.
As part of the scheme, COSBA plan to write to each of the 79 active retirement groups in the South East and invite them to take a trip to Carrick on Suir on a Wednesday.
Each Wednesday, businesses that are members of COSBA display a poster on their door allowing visitors and locals alike to know that they have special discounts for those in their golden years.
The local cafes, restaurants and hotel also offer discounted meals.
Martin Gannon of COSBA said a day trip to the town would include a free of charge guided tour of Ormond Castle and Carrick-on-Suir Heritage Centre.
Dove Hill Irish Design Centre on the Clonmel Road near Carrick-on-Suir has also come on board to offer discounts each week, with Countrylife Garden Centre offering group talks from their horticulturist.
“Carrick-on-Suir Active Retirement Group, under the stewardship of Jimmy Hogan and ably assisted by Jackie Faulkner and many others, have been invaluable in their assistance in developing the package and have agreed to meet other groups personally to invite them to town,” said Mr Gannon.
During Joe Duffy’s first visit to Carrick-on-Suir last Saturday, the broadcaster visited some local businesses and met with a group from the local Active Retirement Association in Carrick-on-Suir Business Centre.
The “Local Heroes” production crew’s last visit to Carrick-on-Suir will be on Friday April 5 when the Golden Years Discount Wednesday scheme will be officially launched by Joe Duffy.
Mr Gannon said COSBA plans this day to be a showcase of all the great things Carrick-on-Suir has to offer.
He said details of the launch event will be announced over the next few weeks.
“The fact Carrick-on-Suir has been chosen for this programme is down to the work carried out over the last few years by COSBA’s member businesses,” he told The Nationalist.
“COSBA appeals to those businesses and professionals, who aren’t members, to help with the challenges that face all areas of business in this town and join the Association,” he added.