I’ll write more about Chuck Feeney and The Atlantic Philanthropies another time (a story that deserves justice), but for all our friends across the pond just a brief note that Mr Feeney is planning on making $100 holiday vouchers available for up to 50,000 people visiting Ireland from the US next year (source: The Sunday Times).
Tourism minister Martin Cullen was contacted by Mr Feeney after the Global Irish Economic Forum in September when he offered to match government funds for boosting tourism.
This is a great gesture and sits well with other efforts in the pipeline, e.g, the plan to offer older visitors free off-peak rail travel all over Ireland.
We’ll keep an eye on these initiatives and post more information when details are available.
In the meantime a simple thank you to Mr Feeney for his kind generosity.