We would like to present our latest project partner to join the Interreg Atlantic Area
funded TIDE project
, Sligo County Council
(Ireland). We speak with Michael Carty
, project manager, Sligo County Council, about their contributions and role as a full partner in TIDE
- What is your organisation’s contribution to the TIDE project?
Sligo County Council is the latest project partner to join the TIDE family, and in close collaboration with Sligo’s TIDE Associate Partner, Spanish Armada Ireland/Grange Armada Development Association, we will host an inclusive conference on the 24th and 25th of May 2023, where the legacy of the Spanish Armada and related topics will be discussed and explored. The integrated conference over two days will allow and support TIDE objectives relating to develop of niche tourism packages. The combination of underwater archaeology, built heritage, cultural exchanges expanding on the rich narrative left behind by one of the Armada Captains’ Francisco de Cuellar, creates a rich platform to support visitor experience and add to the existing tourism and cultural heritage of the Atlantic Area.
- Have you identified any good practices or pilots within the partnership?
Within the existing partnership the opportunity to build on the virtual tourism content secured by project partners, aligned to augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), offer significant growth potential to Sligo and surrounding area. Visits to TIDE project partner sites at Greencastle and Fanad Lighthouse, in County Donegal, reinforce the potential to capture experiential learnings from their respective business operations and bring knowledge secured to the allied Spanish Armada Centre sited in Grange, Co. Sligo.
- How will you benefit from this interregional cooperation?
The shared learning imparted by project partners will be applied locally to operations in County Sligo to assist and develop the tourism potential of the Spanish Armada Ireland Centre, in Grange. Also there are lots of opportunities for networking and developing relations across the Atlantic Area.
The decision by Sligo County Council to pursue engagement within the extension phase of the TIDE project arose from the positive experiences achieved initially during shared collaborations with TIDE project partners as an associate partner. The unique insights from project partners generated opportunities to leverage shared learned in tourism development. Also, the project partner networking offered significant potential to grow and enrich tourism potential in niche areas while supporting the sustainable practices.
- Why did you decide to join TIDE as a full partner?
- How do you hope to benefit as a full project partner?
Sligo County Council’s goal is to grow the tourism potential of the region by utilising the niche sustainable tourism developments offered from engagement with TIDE project partners from across the Atlantic Area, and alongside Sligo’s Associate partner, Spanish Armada Ireland.