Major conference to showcase opportunities along Suck Valley Way

A major conference to showcase the opportunities along the Suck Valley Way region is set to take place on the 27th and 28th of April. The inaugural event, being held at the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon, will see experts in the areas of industry, enterprise and business, manufacturing and production, tourism, and recreation and sport exploring the opportunities present throughout the region.

  The two-day showcase, organised by the Suck Valley Way Development Co-Op with the support of Roscommon LEADER Partnership, Roscommon County Council and AILG, is a first of its kind, and it is hoped that this will shine the spotlight on Roscommon and the surrounding counties, giving a voice to the endless possibilities available in rural areas.

  Cllr. Anthony Waldron, the driving force behind the event, believes a conference of this nature is of great importance for the region: “I am grateful for the positive response the conference has received from both contributors and attendees from across Roscommon, and the country. This event will raise some very important questions and help develop a roadmap to unlocking our potential”.

  The agenda will cover topics such as regeneration in the west of Ireland, unlocking tourism potential, ‘come west along the road’ (employment and enterprise opportunities), and the building blocks of rural sustainability.

  Speakers at the event will include Colm O’Rourke (sports broadcaster and columnist), Paddy Mathews (Failte 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. A full list of speakers will be announced shortly.