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Ireland’s largest inflatable water park now Open at Baysports!

It’s Open!

Waterpark at Baysports
Baysports is a water adventure centre on the shores of the majestic Lough Ree. Located only five minutes from Athlone on the N61 the purpose built centre is an ideal location for all types of outdoor fun activity.

The centre is constantly adding to its range of activities and equipment and this summer saw the launch of Ireland’s largest inflatable water park for even more water based adventure fun.  Covering an area of 1400sq meters this new floating water park is a major attraction in the region and provides hours of fun for both children and adults alike.

RATES FOR WATER PARK (per Hour)

€10 under 15
€15 Adult
€45 Family (two Adults and up to three children)

Baysports, Hodson Bay Boat Training and Watersports Centre,
Hodson Bay, Athlone, Co. Roscommon.
Tel: 090 6494801
Email: info@baysports.ie

Destination Athlone launches new brand campaign to support local tourism drive

Kathleen Shine, Tanya Flynn, Grainne Cornally from the Destination Athlone Marketing Team
Kathleen Shine, Tanya Flynn, Grainne Cornally from the Destination Athlone Marketing Team celebrate the launch of new brand campaign to support local tourism drive to Athlone and lakelands.

Destination Athlone has launched a new creative advertising campaign to encourage visitors to consider Athlone, Lough Ree and the surrounding area for their summer break. Supported by a number of tourism offerings in the area including hotels, Westmeath County Council, as well asFailté Ireland, the campaign focuses on Athlone being at the very heart of Ireland and offering a wealth of quality experiences for both domestic and international visitors.


The nationwide advertising campaign, including print and radio ads, will run throughout the summer months to coincide with key holiday planning occasions.
A ‘brand book’ has also been developed as a guide for tourism businesses in the area to help them to maximise benefit from the overarching, Destination Athlone brand.
Grainne Cornally, of the Destination Athlone Marketing Team said, “Athlone and its environs offers visitors an impressive range of uniquely rewarding experiences. By working together as one coherent brand, all of us involved in the local tourism sector can deliver experiences that will compel visitors to return again and again, as well as encourage them to recommend the Athlone area to their family and friends. By working together and considering how our individual businesses, policies and communications can support the Destination Athlone brand, we have the potential to make our local area one of the top visitor locations in Ireland.”


Pat Keating, Athlone Municipal District Manager, Westmeath County Council said, “Westmeath County Council is delighted to work with various stakeholders in the town to develop Athlone as a quality tourist destination. We have undergone much work this year and now have a framework in place thanks to the support of Failte Ireland that will guide us in the business of tourism about what’s important for our visitors to understand, appreciate, enjoy and experience about this part of Ireland and the world. It has guided us in determining what we need to do collectively to ensure that the experience visitors have of Athlone is positive and compelling. Today’s launch of the 'Athlone at the Heart of It’ national media campaign and new athlone.ie destination website is the beginning of the telling of the story of Athlone to existing and hopefully many new visitors to Athlone & environs.”


The campaign invites those considering a staycation to ‘sail with the Vikings, kayak wild shores, hit a hole in one..climb high towers…be king of the castle, be queen of shops’ – reminding potential visitors about the rich array of experiences that awaits them including sports and culture, art and heritage, food and drink, beautiful scenery and a natural, unspoilt environment.


“Athlone and the surrounding area has so much to offer – both bustling urban and tranquil rural locations including rivers, lakes, bogs and beautiful woodland, all waiting to be explored. This campaign will remind those planning a staycation that when in Athlone they will be at the centre of everything from sports and recreation to a wealth of cultural and historical experiences – it’s an invitation to come and be ‘at the heart of it,’ ” added Tanya Flynn of the Destination Athlone Marketing Team.

Athlone, one of Ireland's 7 Prettiest Towns!

View of the Rivr Shannon, Athlone Castle, Church of Ss Peter and Paul and Town Bridge inn Athlone

Athlone was recently mentioned as one of Ireland’s prettiest towns by Frommer's

Sitting at the edge of the River Shannon, its streets curving around a sturdy, fortress-like castle, Athlone is a charmer…