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Achill Gift Card launched

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THE GIFT OF ACHILL Pictured launching the Achill Gift Card in Achill Sound this week were, from left: Brian Ketterick, local butcher; Chris McCarthy, Manager at Achill Tourism; Karan McNamara, local businesswoman; and Kathleen Patten from Achill Post Office.

With a very different type of Christmas approaching, Achill Tourism has this week launched the Achill Gift Card to help support local businesses and encourage people to ‘give the gift of Achill’.
The Achill Gift Card comes in values of €25 and €50 and can be purchased online at AchillTourism.com, in the Achill Tourism office or the Achill Post Office in Achill Sound.
Chris McCarthy, Manager at Achill Tourism, said the idea behind the card is to support local businesses who have endured a trying year.
“This year has been a particularly difficult time for local businesses all around Ireland, we have been looking at ways to help support our local community  in the run up to Christmas. We thought what better way to encourage sales than to offer those looking for something special this Christmas the opportunity to ‘give the gift of Achill’,” he said.
It has been a collaborative effort in producing the cards too. Donal Johnston, Managing Director of Instrotec, donated to the cost of producing the cards; Seán Calvey and Jayke Morris (@TeamPointBrake) provided imagery for the cards; Louise McGinty from Impack Design designed the cards while Kathleen Patten in Achill Post Office who will have the cards available for sale.  
“Overall it really has been a tough year for small local businesses,” said local businesswoman Karan McNamara. “During the summer we were lucky enough to enjoy a few extremely busy weeks which did help but other establishments such as wet pubs didn’t get that opportunity. The run up to Christmas this year is very different and having been closed throughout November has had a huge impact. The Achill Gift Card will hopefully encourage people to spend in Achill whether it’s gifting people who live here already or those planning on returning when restrictions are eased. Every little really does help,” Karan added.
The Achill Gift Card is accepted across a diverse range of local businesses and will be a permanent offering from Achill Tourism. If you are a business in Achill and would like to take part in the initiative contact Achill Tourism on 098 20400 or email info@achilltourism.com for further information.