Co Clare is a ‘Best Place to Go’ in 2018

Co Clare is a ‘Best Place to Go’ in 2018

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The Banner county has been named one of the ‘Best Places to Go’ in 2018 by one of the world’s most reputable travel guidebooks, Frommer’s.

The Frommer’s team of editors and writers chooses locations they believe are the best holiday destinations for the year ahead. They cited Star Wars: The Last Jedi as one of the calling cards that led to the inclusion of Co Clare on the list, stating that “The rugged western coast of Ireland isn’t just one of the best places to go in the world; it’s among the best in the galaxy”.

The full list of places that made the Frommer’s can be viewed here.

“It is fantastic to see Co Clare listed in the esteemed Frommer’s ‘Best Places to Go’ list for 2018,” said Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland.

“This well-deserved accolade will no doubt encourage travellers around the world to consider a visit to Co Clare next year. It also provides another hook for Tourism Ireland to continue to highlight Co Clare and the Wild Atlantic Way as an outstanding and unique holiday destination.”

Clare’s spectacular coastline as seen from Derreen, Fanore – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Frommer’s also says that “County Clare is used to attention; tourists have been flocking to its majestic Cliffs of Moher and the eerie, stony plain known as the Burren for generations.”

Loop Head Peninsula is highlighted as being the place to “walk in the footsteps of Skywalker and company”, with the travel publication also saying that “you don’t have to look hard to find IMAX-worthy scenery at this wild, watery spot, from crescent-shaped Kilkee Beach at one end to the stately lighthouse topping the seaside bluffs at the other”.

Frommer’s 18 honourees for 2018 are (in no particular order):

•    Co Clare, Ireland
•    New Orleans
•    Lake District, England
•    The Coffee Region, Colombia
•    Faroe Islands, Denmark
•    Mekong River, Vietnam
•    St Helena (South Atlantic island)
•    Hamburg, Germany
•    Nicaragua
•    Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
•    Bisbee, Arizona
•    The Gotthard Panorama Express, Switzerland
•    Mauritius
•    Jordan
•    San Antonio, Texas
•    Juneau, Alaska
•    Malta
•    The Caribbean

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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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