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Fiona Monaghan

Wild Atlantic Way Receives ëBest Tourist Attractioní Award

A native of Galway City Fiona studied at NUIG where she graduated with a B.Comm and a Diploma in Marketing Practice. She then went on to attain a Masters of Business Studies from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business at University College Dublin. While living and working in the US Fiona attained a diploma in Sports Marketing from New York University (NYU) School of Continuing & Professional Education.
Fiona has worked in the Tourism sector for over 15 years both in the US and Ireland. On completion of her MBS in 1995 Fiona took up the position of Director of Sales for North America with the Doyle Hotel Group in Washington DC and worked with the organisation through the acquisition of a prominent DC hotel and subsequently during the merger with the Jurys Hotel Group in 1999.
In late 1999, she relocated to New York to take up the position of Trade Promotions Manager with the Irish Tourist Board. In 2001, Bord Fáilte merged with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board to form Tourism Ireland and Fiona held a number of positions with the organisation including the role of Manager of Strategic Planning & Advertising before returning to Ireland in 2007 to take up the role of Head of Operations with Fáilte Ireland in the West.
In October 2013,Fiona was appointed Head of Programme and Delivery for the Wild Atlantic Way, one of three key strategic programme areas in the Fáilte Ireland strategic plan 2013-2016.
Up to the end of 2013, Fiona held the role of co-chair of the Lakelands & Inland Waterways initiative promoting the development and marketing of the Lakelands destination of Ireland. Fiona is currently an external examiner for GMIT’s tourism programmes.
On a personal note Fiona is a keen hurling enthusiast and a life long Galway hurling fan and can often be found cheering on Connacht Rugby in the Sportsground. Fiona spends much of her weekends and holidays exploring the highways and byways of the West Coast of Ireland both on land and on water.

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