Belmullet secures Tourism Destination Town status for 2020

THE north Mayo town of Belmullet has been awarded Tourism Destination Town status for 2020.

The success means the town is guaranteed an additional €500,000 in funding to carry out further enhancement works throughout the community.

Local Councillor Gerry Coyle said it represents the culmination of many years of hard work and perseverance by many people.

He paid tribute to Peter Hynes, chief executive, Mayo County Council, Padraig Philbin and Anna Connor of the council's tourism section, the council staff in the Belmullet district headed by Padraig Brogan, and the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring.

"It's a tremendous boost for the area and I am exceedingly proud," added Councillor Coyle.