Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NewsMore time needed for tourists to storm the castleBy Alan Jacques – September 25, 2016 866 Print Advertisement AN extension to the opening season for Desmond Castle in Newcastle West is being sought from the Office of Public Works (OPW) to increase tourist activity in West Limerick.Local Sinn Féin councillor Seamus Browne, who called on Limerick City and County Council to request that the season runs from April to September instead of from May to August, said that this would have the potential to increase tourist revenues for Newcastle West and the West Limerick area.“This is why I have brought a motion to Limerick City and County Council. I think a request that has the full support of our Council should carry a lot of weight with the OPW Heritage Division which ultimately has the power to decide on this issue.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Visitor numbers have been increasing in recent times and the fact that it has free entry is a further bonus.”Cllr Browne has also called for the establishment of a Tourist Forum for County Limerick.“A number of other counties already have a Tourist Forum where all stakeholders work collectively to ensure tourist potential is maximised. Limerick County badly needs a Forum established. The County towns of Limerick need jobs and one source is tourism. But it won’t happen unless all stakeholders come together and build a plan to grow our visitor numbers,” he concluded.In response, a spokesman for the OPW said that visitor numbers to Desmond Hall had steadily increased over recent years from 4,290 in 2012 to 9,415 in 2013, 11,150 in 2014 and 11,362 in 2015. This is due in no small part to the dedicated efforts of OPW guide staff at Desmond Hall and also to the OPW’s commitment to promote and market less-visited heritage sites where it is considered an increase in visitor numbers is sustainable without damaging the heritage fabric of the site.”“The OPW also facilitates local history societies, school tours and active retirement groups wishing to visit the site by prior appointment during the “closed” season.“Unfortunately it is not possible to extend the season at Desmond Hall due to resource constraints. In this instance the ‘Friends of Irish Heritage’ initiative may be of interest. This initiative was introduced to invite interested local groups to join with the OPW to present sites such as Desmond Hall to out-of-season visitors on a volunteer basis,” the spokesman concluded.by Alan [email protected] Email Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Previous articleDelay in Limerick schools patronage process ‘unacceptable’Next articleLimerick to get 100 new jobs with WP Engine Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Linkedin Facebook WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSCllr Seamus BrowneDesmond HalllimerickLimerick City and County CouncilNewcastle WestOffice of Public Works (OPW)Sinn Fein WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash
A grand entrance for a grand home.His home is a Balinese-South East Asian style retreat, designed like a village of pavilions sitting high on a ridge to capture views of the Pacific Ocean from Noosa to Coolum. The home has a series of pavilions to create a resort feel.Apart from having its own water purification plant, the home has a humidity controlled wine cellar and two separate garages — one for four cars and the other for a boat, caravan and other “big toys”.Among its charms were a wide array of materials used in construction including travertine, basalt, timber, marble and stone, as well as sun-soaked courtyards, postcard windows, open fireplaces and an infinity edge pool. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoStunning location.The deal came two years before Billabong struck stormy waters, reporting massive losses to the Australian Stock Exchange which has since led to the Gold Coast firm being removed from the official ASX list early this year.In the seven years since selling to Billabong, Mr James spent significant time raising money for charity “including a personal 500km paddle to raise funds for Parkinson’s Australia, Melanoma Patients Australia and Currumbin Wildlife Hospital”. Wade James and wife Minna Knight in a file photo. Picture: Ric Frearson Craig Bellamy’s mega-profit home sale Built in the ‘70s and barely touched Penthouse fetches multimillion-dollar price Mr James used $1.6m to buy an almost 9,000 sqm property in the Noosa hinterland which he’s since developed into a five bedroom, three bathroom, four car space dream home, priced at offers over $3.45m.His retail chain sale was struck at the height of Billabong’s market dominance for an undisclosed sum and included Rush Surf stores spread across Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory. He furnished the home with coconut furniture.The home has two kitchens with the second a stainless steel one positioned outdoors with a full barbecue, dishwasher, sink and fridge, and the whole property is fully automated.“Properties like these are rare and exclusive and offer a lifestyle far surpassing all expectation,” was how agents David Berns and Meta Georgeson of David Berns Real Estate in Noosa Heads have been marketing it. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK The property has its own water treatment plant contained in the area behind the sauna pavillion on the right.A SURFER, who made millions selling his chain of 40 surfwear stores to retail giant Billabong, has put the dream home he crafted with some of his winnings on the market.The property which includes its own water purification plant, belongs to Wade James, the founder of Rush Surf, whose chain of three dozen own-brand stores, two Rip Curl stores and one Billabong store were snapped up lock, stock and barrel by Billabong in August 2010.