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Search is on for Limerick Street Ambassadors 2009
Monday, April 20th 2009
Search is on for Limerick Street Ambassadors
THE search is now on for the fourth group of Street Ambassadors to promote Limerick to visitors this summer.
Limerick became the first city in the Republic to pioneer the Street Ambassadors project in 2006. These roving guides help tourists by giving them information on the best places to visit, eat and shop.
The project spearheaded by the Limerick Co-ordination Office (LCO) has helped nearly 50,000 visitors to date and the Ambassadors have been hailed as a great asset to the city.
LC0 Chairperson Kay McGuinness said everyone is delighted with the success of the Street Ambassadors programme over the past three years.
“This is a unique project that Limerick can be proud of and we have had excellent teams of Street Ambassadors in the past three years,” Ms McGuinness said.
The Limerick Street Ambassador programme was a pilot project funded by an EU programme that ended in 2007. This year it is being run with funding from Shannon Development and the private sector in Limerick.
“We would like to thank Shannon Development and the private sector for supporting the Street Ambassador programme this year. But we still need more support from the private sector and any company interested in giving financial support to the programme can contact the Limerick Co-ordination Office,” Ms McGuinness said.
Eoghan Prendergast, Shannon Development’s Limerick Development Division Manager said that Shannon Development was delighted that the Street Ambassadors would feature on the streets of Limerick once again this summer.
“Anybody who visits Limerick is sure to experience the great welcome and range of activity that awaits them here. It’s very important that we help our visitors to discover and experience the many great places to visit and things to do, and the Street Ambassadors play an invaluable role in being the welcoming face of Limerick. Shannon Development is delighted to again support this very worthwhile initiative, and would like to encourage our own local population to think of themselves as fellow Street Ambassadors. It really does have a very important impact on the positive perception of Limerick that our visitors come away with”.
This year’s Street Ambassador Programme will run from June 22nd for 10 weeks and the LCO is looking for people who love Limerick, have a pride in their city and want to promote it.
This part-time job would suit students, retired people or the unemployed and they will be required to work 15 hours a week. The successful candidates will be provided with extensive training and a uniform.
The first Team Leader of the Limerick Street Ambassadors, Jean Ryan, will be taking up her post again this year. Her job will be to co-ordinate the work of the nine other Street Ambassadors who will be selected this summer.
“We were delighted with the response we got from tourists last year!” said Ms Ryan. “They really appreciated having a friendly face tell them which were the best places to visit, eat and shop. We also supplied all the Limerick hotels every week with a full events guide of what was going on in the city. And local people now see us as a friendly face who can offer help if we’re asked,” she said.
Anyone interested in applying for the 2009 Street Ambassadors programme this summer should send a Curriculum Vitae and a 100-word letter outlining why they want to become a Street Ambassador to:
The closing date for applications is Friday May 15th 2009.
Limerick Co-Ordination Office