€2m boost for Ennis economy

€2m boost for Ennis economy

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An Ennis hotel has signed a deal with the Irish National Darts Organisation (INDO), which will result in a €2m boost for the local economy and could see as many as 10,000 competitors attending the venue for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 National Darts Championships.

 

Treacy’s West County Conference and Leisure Hotel in Ennis confirmed the deal ahead of the 2017 National Intercounty Darts Championship event which takes place this weekend.

Hotel owner Patrick Treacy said: “It’s a tremendous boost to us and the wider Ennis economy to have these prestigious Darts events returning to Treacy’s West County Hotel. The event has gone from strength to strength with us, over the past three years and our new three year deal with the INDO is an endorsement of what we have to offer.”

“We have committed up to €100,000 to bring these events to Ennis and we are delighted to have secure this contract by beating off strong competition from other venues around the country,” Mr Treacy added.

“It would not have been possible for us to submit a winning bid without the tangible support of our colleagues in the Ennis Hotels. We thank them for their commitment & support for these events,” he said.

INDO General Secretary, Mr. Kevin Devaney said: “We have enjoyed some wonderful Darts competition over the past three years and we look forward to continue to build on this success in the years ahead. We are delighted that Treacy’s West County Conference & Leisure Hotel have emerged from our tender process with the winning bid.”

 

“The INDO appreciates the contribution of Patrick Treacy, Ray Foudy (Operations Manager) and all the staff at the Hotel who continue to make a valuable contribution to successfully hosting our championships. We look forward to continuing that relationship in 2018, 2019 & 2020’,” Mr Devaney added.

This years event will take place this weekend of (Feb 24-26th) at Treacy’s West County Conference & Leisure Hotel where over 700 competitors will battle it out for the prestigious national titles on offer.

Wexford and Galway will put their titles on the line in the blue riband event of the Darts calendar; the Men’s and Ladies Inter-Counties championship respectively. Other events taking place this weekend includes the INDO Team Championship and Shield event as well as the INDO Inter County Singles competition.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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