Fáilte Ireland has announced €11.5m in funding from its Capital Grants budget for ten key OPW projects in Dublin and within the Ireland's Ancient East region, including a €3m investment in a new museum and viewing platform in The Record Tower at Dublin Castle, which will make one of the city's most impressive medieval buildings much more compelling for visitors.
The funding is in the context of Fáilte Ireland's strategic partnership with the OPW to assist in the refurbishment and enhancement of key visitor attractions.
The full list of projects funded includes:
The Record Tower, Dublin Castle - €3m
Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre - €2.58m
Rock of Cashel - €1.78m
Knowth - €1.4m
Newgrange - €1m
Ormond Castle, Co Tipperary - €585k
King John's Castle, Carlingford - €400k
Glendalough, Co Wicklow - €349k
The Phoenix Park (tourism and amenity study) - €300k
Boyne Valley (Interpretation Masterplan) - €120k
Stressing the importance of capital funding for the growth of tourism, Fáilte Ireland's CEO, Paul Kelly emphasised the important role of Ireland's unique history and culture in bringing overseas visitors to Ireland.
Click here to view the full press release announcement on the Fáilte Ireland website.