The Cooley Peninsula Tourist Office has been located in the Old Railway Station in Carlingford since 2001. At the time when the Foot and Mouth crisis devastated the area, the local tourism operators lobbied to the government for support and the first official tourist office was located in the building. After the crisis was officially closed, Fáilte Ireland removed its presence and basically left it to the community to carry on. Thankfully Omeath District Development secured a then FAS Social Economy scheme and the office continued to operate at its premises and has managed, very successfully to keep its doors open and continue its sustainability ever since, alongside the valuable support from the tourism community.
Beginning with 11,000 visitors per annum in 2001 the office now services over 70,000 through its doors every year. It has been used as a model of best practice, operating a 7 day a week service, (the only one in the country) and was responsible for the awarding of The European Destination of Excellence for Ireland in 2008 which resulted in Carlingford and The Cooley Peninsula being firmly placed on the national and international visitor destination map. The office is recognised as a central part of the social and economic fabric of the county, which has encouraged and assisted the growth of many business’s in the area.
Earlier this year the building was awarded a grant from Louth Leader to refurbish the building where the office is based. The Heritage Trust, one of the most respected organisations in Carlingford who has also made a huge difference to the development of the town as a destination, is directly providing the match funding for the project.
‘‘The Trusts emphasis has always been on community and this is evident within the plans for the building.’ said Frances Taylor Cooley Peninsula Tourism Officer. Omeath District Development Company, administrators of the Tourist Office, are delighted with the developments and are looking forward to working with The Heritage Trust committee in their endeavours to provide a unified community facility that aims to improve and develop the area.”
The Tourist Information Office is relocated to Carlingford Heritage Centre during the refurbishment period January to June 2014. Services remain uninterrupted. Opening hours opening hours Sunday – Monday 9.30m – 4.30pm. Tel 00 353 (0) 42 937 3033