KILLALOE could become a Mecca for tourists who want to combine relaxation with a healthy break, it has been proposed.
And the University of Limerick water activities centre just outside the town could be part of the initiative to bring in such tourism.
Rugby legend, Keith Woods told Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy that there is untapped potential in the twin towns of Killaloe/Ballina on the shores of Lough Derg for health tourism.
The Minister was being taken on a tour by the former Ireland, Munster and Lions, Hooker and was shown the €2.5 million recereational amenity at Clarisford as well as talking a walk around the newly developed Ballycuggaran and scenic two-mile gate.
The towns of Killaloe/Ballina have become one of the first locations in the country to become a health community under the Healthy Ireland framework. Organisations and businesses with an interest in health and well-being in the towns were encouraged to help create and deliver programmes to encourage healthy lifestyle choices.
Keith Woods was leading the tour in his capacity as Healthy Ireland chairman. He said that there is a need to look at commercial rates being charged if there is to be business and job creation in rural areas.
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