Originally Posted by eastwest
The quiet man brand is as strong as ever -- ask anyone in Cong.
The best thing about this name is that it is instantly recognisable, and that Failte Ireland will absolutely love it. The latter is very important because apparently they have some kind of veto on funding for greenways.
Seriously, nobody outside Ballyglunin or Cong puts any stock in the brand. Those who do have a deficiency of imagination. The quiet man was made in the era of diddly eye crap and only those hoping to squeeze the last drops out of the diddly eye rubbish are interested in seeing it continue.
Rather, it would be a much smarter move to go the truly historical route which would highlight the many old castles, churches, stations, bridges, towns and villages along the route. That would still allow for the Ballyglunin station to be prominent and be promoted both as part of the whole and as its own entity. Call it "The Historical Greenway"
Alternatively, go the nature route and highlight and develop natural poi's and encourage development of nature/environmental focused amenities. Glamping, eco-agri sites, village markets, lakes, forests, rivers, fishing etc etc etc. Call it "The Eco Way" or some such
Can you honestly say that the quiet man brand is more appealing to market for greenways than either of those options.
Naming the entire route after a movie from 70 years ago because one location featured in 2 scenes for 3 mins. Really???
Doing so is a disservice to all the locations along the route which have no ties to the brand and severely limits the marketability of the amenity going. Instead of the development potential, it would be hobbled from the start.