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Published: 7 Nov 2017

Creating Creative Tourism Experiences

Two of the speakers at our ‘Tap the Tourism Potential of your Region’ Creative Exchange next Tuesday (14 Nov) will explore how creative experiences provide an opportunity to bring creativity and tourism together.  This free event takes place at The Spool Factory in Boyle, Co Roscommon, Ireland and you can register here.

Gerry Brannigan has lived on Achill Island, Co. Mayo since the late ’80s.  A native of Belfast he moved to the West of Ireland after studying at Queens University.  He has been self-employed since that time as an outdoor activity instructor, sports equipment manufacturer, clothing designer and manufacturer, retailer and cafe owner.

Currently Gerry works in the tourism industry with Blackfield Surf School & Coding Academy and also in the handmade craft sector. Gerry will talk on “Funducation-Crafting learning tourism activities” and discuss his ‘Computer Coding Camps’ where kids can learn to code and become a creator-not a consumer!

Gerry also trades on the Amazon Handmade platform as well as Etsy, his own website www.tideclockshop.com and is also a regular stallholder at the Strandhill People’s Market in Sligo, attending most Sundays throughout the year.

Artist and designer Lorna Watkins arrived in North Sligo 17 years ago where she ran her successful handmade soap business for 6 years, after studying textile design in Edinburgh and Dublin.  Obsessed with pattern and colour, Lorna’s joyful paintings and products are inspired by everyday life in her ‘Studio Near the Sea’.  She loves to inspire creativity and bring people to her beautiful part of the country to learn creative practices.  She lives with her twin daughters and large hairy dog.

Lorna will discuss ‘Painting, selling and tourists creating at Studio Near The Sea’.

Register for this free event here


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