Countdown to Suck Valley Way conference

The inaugural Suck Valley Way conference, taking place in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon, on the 27th and 28th of April, has confirmed experts from the areas of industry, enterprise, business, manufacturing, production, tourism, recreation and sport will discuss the opportunities present throughout the Suck Valley Way region.

  The two-day showcase, organised by the Suck Valley Way Development Co-Op, is aiming to highlight the exciting enterprise, tourism, and social possibilities available throughout the Suck Valley Way region, anchored by local  communities.

  Ronan Bilbow (Rural Recreation Officer for Roscommon/Longford) said: “This is a brilliant region to live and work in. My wife and I moved here after teaching for a number of years in the UAE, and we couldn’t be happier”.

  Councillor Anthony Waldron stated: “This event will raise some very important questions, and I hope that we can get a supportive response to helping us using those answers as a roadmap for unlocking the potential of this region.

  “The Suck Valley Way region includes not only Roscommon, but Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Longford, Westmeath, and Offaly – as well as the rest of Ireland. We can all play a role in the progress of this region”.

  Items on the agenda will include the regeneration of the west of Ireland, unlocking our tourism potential, ‘come west along the road’ (employment and enterprise opportunities), and the building blocks of rural sustainability.

  Speakers will include Colm O’Rourke (sports broadcaster and columnist), Paddy Matthew (Fáilte Ireland/Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands), Jarlath O’Dwyer (Clare Eco-Tourism), Pyers O’Conor Nash (Clonalis House), Michael Tobin (AIT), Joe Fenwick (NUIG), and representatives of Harmac Medical Products, and Athlone Laboratories Ltd.