Four projects have been announced as recipients of a €73 million fund for large-scale tourist attractions in counties Cavan, Donegal, Dublin and Mayo
The four recipients are
- The Shannon Pot & Cavan Burren Park, Blacklion, Co Cavan which receives €4.8 million
- Fort Dunree & Head, Buncrana, Co Donegal – €9.3 million
- “This is Ireland” North City Centre, Dublin 1 – €10 million
- Westport House Estate & Gardens, Westport, Co Mayo – €20.2 million
The projects are expected to directly and indirectly to create 8,000 jobs with over €290million generated from domestic and international visitors.
€73m Tourist Attractions Fund
The €73 million is a mix of public and private funding with some €44.3 million contributed by Fáilte Ireland.
Announcing the four successful projects at the site of the Shannon Pot & Cavan Burren Park Minister Catherine Martin said:
“Today’s significant funding announcement will ensure world-class visitor attractions are created that will attract domestic and international tourists to the four locations which will not just benefit the counties where they’re located but will motivate people to stay longer and explore more widely across the region. This investment in creative and impactful large-scale visitor experiences is critical to strengthening Ireland’s reputation internationally as a must-visit holiday destination and provides a catalyst for further innovation in the tourism sector. This is the most significant investment in visitor attractions ever undertaken by Fáilte Ireland that will have far-reaching national and regional economic benefits.”
Paul Kelly, CEO of Fáilte Ireland added:
“Driving regional tourism growth has always been a key priority for Fáilte Ireland but it is now more important than ever as we rebuild the sector and recover from the devastation of Covid19. The aim of the Platforms for Growth 1 funding scheme is to grow Ireland’s stock of large-scale visitor attractions to appeal to both domestic and international visitors. The standard of applications received for this Scheme was incredibly high and we are encouraged by the level of innovation and creativity demonstrated. The four awarded projects are truly best-in-class. They are diverse, engaging and unique and will help visitors connect with Ireland and bring the country’s vibrant culture, heritage and people to life.”