Blackrock man heads up new Irish travel company - Low Cost Holidays could create employment in Dundalk

BLACKROCK man Clem Walshe is the new managing director of Low Cost Holidays in Ireland.

BLACKROCK man Clem Walshe is the new managing director of Low Cost Holidays in Ireland.

The company, which has been operating in the UK for the last six years, launched their website in Ireland just before Christmas with Walshe officially unveiled as the MD of the company here when an announcement was made early in the new year.

Walshe has a wealth of experience in the travel industry and worked for a number of years with Budget Travel.

It was another venture of his - - that led to him becoming the lead man behind though.

He said: "Low Cost Holidays were a big client of mine for local marketing and they had been looking to move into Ireland so they appointed me managing director."

And while the company is relatively new to the holiday market here, Clem insists that business has been brilliant in the first few weeks of the year.

"On the holiday front we're flying. We've sold almost 2,000 holidays since Christmas and I think that's down to the fact that we're incredibly strong on price.

"We pull up the best packages available and we have over 150,000 properties all over the world so there's plenty of choice.

"We also have another business called Resorthoppa which looks after your transfers so in reality the site allows you to dynamically package the holiday for yourself."

Low Cost Holidays is rated as the 20th fastest growing company in the UK and Walshe is hopeful that that success can lead to the establishment of a call centre in Dundalk for the Irish market, with the prospect of between six and 12 new jobs.

"We're delighted with how things are going and the hope is that down the line we'll have a call centre here and my plan would be to do that in Dundalk. At the moment we're riding on the back of the UK site and call centre but we hope to build on that."

In the meantime Clem is recruiting people to work from home with anyone interested in applying for the position asked to email him their details to

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