Edenderry hotel mooted in 'Gateway to the Hidden Heartlands' tourism push

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Edenderry Chamber of Commerce is promoting opening up a “Gateway to the Hidden Heartlands” through the Grand Canal with the possibility of a new hotel also being mooted. 

Colourful canal boats and a vibrant boating community made a very welcome return to Edenderry last week. 

The canal, which is a very popular route for walkers, joggers and strollers, looks great thanks to the work from the tidy towns committee and CE Scheme Workers.

Edenderry Chamber of Commerce Chairperson, Christine Traynor and the Committee also welcomed President of IWAI John Doran and Vice-President Alan Kelly and many of the Senior Boaters of the IWAI Offaly and Kildare Branches to Edenderry last Saturday, where they enjoyed local food and drinks in Larkins Bar & Lounge.

Edenderry was once a popular destination for boaters and the canal was a bustling local economy as the boats. The Chamber are in discussions with the IWAI about the return of the Boating Raleigh next Easter. The Boating Season runs from early February to June, with Easter being a highlight and the boats return to their Winter-Moorings from September/ October.

Canalways.ie are promoting a ‘Cruise the Midlands of Ireland’ by barge crossing over the famous Bog of Allen, taking in Rathangan, Robertstown, Edenderry, Daingan, and Tullamore.

Fáilte Ireland has allocated an initial €2 million investment to ‘Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands’ as its latest new tourism brand. Edenderry Chamber of Commerce says it "plans to maximise every opportunity to promote Edenderry as a Gateway to the Hidden Heartlands’. The boating community were so impressed with the welcome and services on offer in Edenderry that they are now planning an Easter Rally to Edenderry to start of the boating calendar in 2019."

"The return of the boats is just one more indication that positive change is in the offing, that Edenderry is on the way back and of a community working together to do the very best they can for their town," the Chamber said.

A number of other Edenderry Chamber initiatives are on the horizon; Former Dragon and Down to Business Newstalk Presenter Bobby Kerr is coming to Edenderry on November 20th to speak at a business breakfast hosted by the Edenderry Chamber and sponsored by AIB with the theme ‘My Town, My Main Street’. 

The Chamber says "a number of sites have been identified for a new hotel and potential investors are being approached with detailed proposals to consider Edenderry as a prime location and gateway to Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands." 

Working with the Council, The Chamber are progressing the Edenderry Vision 2030 Masterplan which is an exciting project to build the way for prosperity and together with the Local Enterprise Office, the IDA, Failte Ireland, Leader (Offaly Local Development Company). 

To get involved and join up to build a stronger community see www.edenderrychamber.ie for details and membership.