Attymass a secret no more

The Hidden Tourism Gem of Attymass in North Mayo has won through to the 2017 Pride of Place Finals 2017. The small rural parish is situated just 7 miles outside of Ballina and was nominated by Mayo County Council to represent the County in the prestigious national competition. The visit by judges from the event took place on Tuesday 18 July in glorious sunshine to show its visitors just why this hidden tourism gem is attracting and mesmerising visitors from all over the world. The judges and visitors to the judging day were treated to performances from the Bofield Ceili Band, the Atttymass Youth Choir and the recently crowned five times Attymass World Champion Irish Dancer, Stephen Gallagher and his award winning sister Shannon.

The judges were then shown a short video presentation of the features of the parish which is nestled between the majestic Ox Mountains and the Salmon Laden River Moy and taken on a short tour of the parish to visit its historic sites and its hidden gems.

Tony Hennigan from Mayo Manchester commented "It was a fantastic day, the sun played its part in showing the judges and visitors why Attymass is such a fantastic area to visit and live in. The whole of the Parish had spent countless hours in preparing for the event and the parish glistened in the summer sunshine. We are delighted that Attymass has been nominated for this prestigious award to represent Mayo in this national competition it is a great honour for the parish. We have been working with the Parish since 2012 to develop its Tourism strategy by helping it organise an annual festival to celebrate its unique landscape and its award winning musicians singers and dancers as part of the Mayo Manchester Tradfest, which runs from Thursday 3 August to Sunday 6 August. It is great to see it being nominated for the award which will put it firmly on the tourism map."

A social media campaign on Twitter has already been started on with the hashtag #AttymassPOP17 with messages of support coming in from all over the world from as far away as Beijing in China to famous celebrities like the Lord of the Dance to award winning authors.

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