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Shannon Heritage Picks up Awards

CIE Awards

First Shannon Group award of the year as Shannon Heritage scoop honours at CIE Tours International Awards for King John’s Castle and Malahide Castle & Garden

Wednesday, 28 January 2015:  The Shannon Group has already picked up this year where it left off on the awards front in 2014 after Shannon Heritage last night won two gongs at the CIE Tours International Awards of Excellence.

Two of the company’s and country’s best known visitor attractions, the newly renovated King John’s Castle in Limerick and Malahide Castle and Gardens in Dublin were announced last night as winners of prestigious awards, which were presented by Brian W Stack, Managing Director, CIE Tours International at Dublin Castle.

Speaking after receiving the award, John Ruddle, CEO of Shannon Heritage said,  “Shannon Heritage has seven day visitor experiences and four evening entertainments located in the Shannon Region and Dublin and to have two of them come out tops in these prestigious awards is fantastic recognition for the company and the unique tourism product we have.

“CIE Tours is one of the Ireland’s largest inbound tour operators and these awards are based on customer feedback so it is the best possible validation we could get.  The customer is always right and if they are telling us our visitor attractions are this good, then we are on the right track.

“We are proud of our entire offering and King John’s Castle and Malahide Castle & Gardens are two outstanding examples of the quality attractions we provide for international and domestic visitors.

“We are particularly pleased for King John’s Castle as this award comes just 18 months after it reopened following an ambitious investment of €6m.  This investment is clearly paying off by way of increased visitor numbers to Limerick and the excellent feedback we are getting from them.

“It is giving Limerick city tourism a real boost and, indeed, the wider city economy as it attracts more and more people into the heart of the city.”



Pictured at the Awards are (Left to Right: Vivienne Jupp - Exec, Chairman, CIE International,  Joanne Pollard - Marketing Manager  Malahide Castle,  Aodhagan Behan - Operations Manager Shannon Heritage, John Ruddle  - CEO Shannon Heritage, Geraldine Brooks - Visitor Experience Manager Malahide Castle .  Brian Nevin Marketing Manager -  Shannon Heritage, Peter Malone -  Director of CIE Tours.