Minister backs #Westport250 Twitter Photo Campaign

A twitter account www.twitter.com/westport250 to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Westport Town has won the backing of Minister of State for Regional Economic Development, Michael Ring T.D. who commented “I recently became aware of an initiative by Mayo Manchester Tourism & Business Group to highlight and celebrate Westport’s 250th Anniversary. I was highly impressed by this very effective way of promoting Westport particularly during this very special birthday year. This forum will reach audiences near and wide. It is a positive idea and one which I believe will be well supported. I commend Tony Hennigan and Mayo Manchester Tourism & Business Group on their innovative thinking”.

Westport in Mayo was voted by The Irish Times as the best place to live in Ireland and this year there will be year long celebrations to mark its 250th anniversary.

The @westport250 twitter site will feature 250 photographs of the town has been praised by the The idea for the social media account to celebrate the areas people, places and areas of interest has been set up by the Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business Group www.mayomanchester.com who commented “It’s not every day that the best place to live in Ireland celebrates its 250th anniversary and we wanted to do something to highlight the towns year-long campaign. We have been approached to bring the award winning Mayo Manchester Tradfest to Westport in the summer and we thought it might be a nice idea to get involved in the #Westport250 celebrations as well. It is great to have the support of the Minister Ring we first started working with the Westport TD in 2012 when he was the Tourism Minister launching the Gathering.”

“MayoManchester has joined forces with local photographer and film maker Aoife Bourke to help with the site. Aoife has just graduated from the Dublin Business School with a BA in Film and Media and an Honours degree in Film Studies with a first class honour in Digital Advertising. She has just moved back to Mayo to set up her own company called AB Social Media Consultancy working with local Mayo companies and business to help them to set up and develop their social media presence to promote themselves.”

Despite the site only being online for a week over 130 photographs have already been posted to the site and it now has nearly 500 followers aro8und the globe. Anybody can contribute to the site by just tweeting their photograph to @westport250 and adding the hashtag #Westport250 all photographs will be credited on the site and remain the copyright of the photographer who has taken the original image. If you would like Aoife to visit your Westport business as part of the campaign just email abourke3@gmail.com or Tel 0872769791
Aoife added “I’m really excited about being part of the #Westport250 campaign. I feel that Westport has so much potential to showcase itself to its full strengths. It is a truly unique and beautiful area. A town full of wonderful people and a wealth of interesting spots to be discovered within it. As well as the twitter site it would be nice to stage an exhibition of some of the best images and maybe a calendar or book. It could even be extended into a multi-media campaign involving Youtube and film clips online.”

People can get involved in the project by emailing mayomanchester@gmail.com or by visiting www.mayomanchester.com for more information or by visiting the Twitter site www.twitter.com/westport250