Cavan Town wins 2013 EU Accessibility Award

Cavan Town has won a prestigious European tourism award for its progressive work accessibility and inclusivity for visitors with a disability.

The town (and environs) has been named as the Irish winner of this year’s “European Destination of Excellence” (EDEN) award as part of an EU-wide competition designed to encourage and promote a more sustainable form of tourism development. The theme of the 2013 competition was ‘Accessible Tourism’.

On the 10th November 2013, representatives from Cavan were invited to the European Commission headquarters in Brussels along with 18 other 2013 winning destinations and 150 other representatives of previous winning destinations. Cavan’s reps Joanne Hayes (County Tourism Officer) and Savina Donohoe (Curator, Cavan County Museum) accepted the award on behalf of Cavan and also attended a Sustainable Tourism Conference, along with all of the EDEN winners.

Eden Award
Accepting the EDEN award in Brussels on Nov 11th 2013

Over the past 7 years Cavan has invested in accessibility. Dropped kerbs, tactile paving, parking bays, multi-access paths, removal of sandwich boards from the streets, an online access audit, kids play area, adult outdoor gym and the award-winning Johnston Central Library, Leisure Centre & Swimming Pool, upgrades and the Cavan County Museum and ongoing consultation with people with disabilities are just some of the initiatives undertaken.

Paddy Mathews Manager of Destination Development with Fáilte Ireland said: “Cavan Town and Environs, by meeting the challenge of physical access for people with disabilities, is not only making it easier for these visitors to experience all that the destination has to offer but is also showing the way forward to other Irish destinations. “Cavan has shown what can be achieved by working with the visitors’ needs in mind and by ensuring that those with disabilities are considered early in the tourism development process. There is a lot for other towns and cities around the country to learn from Cavan’s work and success and they are a great example of a truly customer-centred approach.”

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Top Accessible Visitor Attractions in Cavan

Johnston Central Library, Farnham Street, Cavan
Multi – award winning accessible library and exhibition space, tourist office, genealogy centre, book and gift shop. Farnham Centre, Farnham St, Cavan t: +353 49 4378500 e:

Cavan Leisure Centre & Swimming Pool, Drumalee, Cavan
Excellent swimming pool and leisure centre in Cavan town. Fully accessible with ramps, lifts, website, wheelchair access fitness equipment, swimming pool hoist, hydraulic changing table t: 353 49 4362888 e:

Green Lough Eco Park, Dublin Road, Cavan
Beautiful lakeside walks with accessible paths and information panels. Children will love the animal footprints and the insect hotel. t: 353 49 433 1942 e:

Con Smith Park, Cathedral Rd, Cavan
Beautiful park in Cavan town with children’s playground with accessible play area. Peaceful walks and adult’s outdoor fitness area. t: 353 49 433 1942 e:

Killykeen Forest Park
Beautiful forest park wrapped around the Lough Oughter lake system. Family cycle trails, Walks, swimming and cycle trails. Located 10km outside Cavan town on the Killeshandra road. t: 353 49 433 1942 e:

Cavan County Museum
Located 20km from Cavan town, the County Museum is housed a unique collection of exhibits tracing the history of Cavan. The museum also has a tea room, playground, children’s garden and family walk in the grounds.
Virginia Road, Ballyjamesduff t: 353 49 8544070 e:

Dun a Ri Forest Park, Kingscourt Beautiful forest park with Acces for All trail.

Disabled Go – an online access audit of County Cavan – providing detailed information on a wide range of visitor attractions and businesses across County Cavan

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