The Guardian/Observer World Ethical Travel Awards 2009

Cnoc Suain in Connemara was recently awarded a prestigious and highly coveted 2009 Guardian/Observer world travel award. The Awards celebrate the people, organisations and campaigners who are leading the way to ensure we will have an ethical future.

“A place quite unlike any other, where Irish traditions are alive and kicking”.This is how the Guardian Newspaper described Cnoc Suain, which was judged third in the world in the “Ethical Travel Award” section; Bulungula Lodge in South Africa, runner up, and Sandela Eco Retreat in Gambia, being awarded first place.

Cnoc Suain, a creative sanctuary in Connemara, has won both national and international awards. It is a celebration of a unique place, its people and its heritage, and is flagging the future direction and potential of ethical and sustainable cultural tourism in Ireland.

To quote from Eco Escape Ireland, “Sustaining local culture is a vital part of developing a green tourism business. What makes Cnoc Suain unique is that it is not preserving the Irish language, music, cookery and craft in order to enshrine them. Charlie and Dearbhaill are keeping them alive, contemporizing them. This is no theme park. There is nothing tacky or commercial here. It is a place of living culture, oozing with pride and determination to protect and share some of the joys of its heritage”.