IFA President Addresses Guidebook Launch

A new walking guide to Tipperary and Waterford was launched last week by
Con Ryan (Rural Recreation Officer for County Tipperary), with the keynote
address being delivered by John Bryan, President of the IFA. Addressing the
overflow attendance in Kinnane’ s of Upperchurch, Mr Bryan, said that
activity based tourism was now key to the development of the Irish
countryside. He praised the new spirit of cooperation between farmers and
walkers and cited Upperchurch as an outstanding model of such integrated
development. The Irish countryside remains an underused recreational
resource and the potential for rural tourism is enormous said the IFA
President who complimented the people of Upperchurch on their many highly
successful community tourism initiatives.

At the launch guidebook author, John G O’Dwyer, said that the huge
increase in hillwaking in recent years means that we are in danger of
“loving our mountains to death.” “It is great to see so many people on the
hills” said John “but unfortunately hillwalkers seem to have the swarming
instincts of bees. We are magnetically attracted to our highest
summits and many
mountaintops are now suffering hugely from walker induced erosion.”

He went onto say that he hoped the new walking guide to Tipperary and
Waterford and the other guidebooks in the series being published the
Collins Press would go some way to reducing this environmental damage. “We
need to spread out more evenly around our mountains and uplands and the
highest mountain isn’t always the most scenic” said John. “As described in
the guidebooks there are now abundant walks for all fitness levels where
it is still possible to experience the true solitude of the hills”
concluded John. *Tipperary and Waterford – A Walking Guide* is now
available in all good book shops. Further information at
www.collinspress.i http://www.collinspress.ie/

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