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 funding of €11.5m includes an 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. There is also significant funding for the Rock of Cashel as well as Newgrange, Knowth and the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre.

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

Welcoming today’s news, Séan Canney, Minister of State at the Office of Public Works said –

“The OPW is delighted that the heritage estate we manage is benefiting from this significant investment by Fáilte Ireland. There are many wonderful places to visit including Dublin Castle, Glendalough, Ormond Castle and Knowth/Newgrange to name a few.”

“The stimulus of this investment will help us to greatly improve the quality of the visitor offering and experience at these OPW locations so as to make sure that Ireland continues to be a great place to visit and to holiday. We have started with these 10 initial projects and I very much look forward to more such announcements in the future at other sites right around Ireland.”