Cultural Heritage Award – A Boost for Gaelic Culture

Cnoc Suain won the Gold Award for Cultural Heritage at the inaugural Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism Awards (ICRT) in Dublin recently.

Having been shortlisted for the national award with Brú na Bóinne (UNESCO World Heritage site of Newgrange & Knowth), Co. Meath and Mizen Head Centre, Co. Cork, Cnoc Suain won the Gold Award – for its Gaelic cultural experiences.

Cnoc Suain is longlisted for a Cultural Heritage award at the 2015 World Responsible Tourism Awards taking place in London in November.

Judges for the national awards included:
• Professor Harold Goodwin, Manchester Metropolitans University
• Paddy Mathews (Fáilte Ireland)
• Catherine Mack (Travel Writer, responsibletravel.com)

Professor Goodwin, Chair of the Judges, said that the Cultural Heritage Award is presented to “A memorable and enjoyable attraction where the traditions and culture of the community are at the heart of the experience.”

Fáilte Ireland Brand Experience Manager, Paddy Mathews said, “A more environmentally conscious and community-centred approach to developing tourism in Ireland is becoming more and more mainstream… and so it should. It results in more genuine and authentic experiences for all our visitors.”

The inaugural ICRT Awards, supported by Failte Ireland, attracted 450 nominations. www.icrt.ie/awards

Cnoc Suain is a previous ‘World’ winner having won a ‘World Ethical Travel Award’ from The Guardian and a ‘Global Vision Award’ from leading U.S travel magazine Travel + Leisure. Cnoc Suain also received a TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Platinum Award in 2014, and earlier this year was presented with a second successive “Awards of Excellence” from CIE Tours International for visitor satisfaction.

The World Responsible Tourism Awards, organised by Responsible Travel in association with the International Centre for Responsible Tourism, take place at the World Travel Market in London as part of World Responsible Tourism Day – the world’s biggest event for responsible tourism.