Failte Irelaand has announced €1.2m in funding for capital projects in Ireland’s Ancient East along with an additional €600k for the first stage of branded signage for all counties within the region.
The €1.2m Capital funding is the first phase of investment through Fáilte Ireland’s ‘New ideas in Ancient Spaces’ Capital Grants Scheme and is for an initial 12 projects within the Ireland’s Ancient East initiative. It is expected that projects in every county within Ireland’s Ancient East will be supported through the scheme over the coming months.
This first phase of funding under the ‘New ideas in Ancient Spaces’ Capital Grants Scheme follows a Fáilte Ireland call for applications from interested parties across the region. Fáilte Ireland is currently assessing a number of further applications from that call and will be announcing another round of funding before the end of the year.
Launched last April, Ireland’s Ancient East is Fáilte Ireland’s latest tourism initiative and seeks to build on the wealth of historical and cultural assets in the east and south of Ireland. The new initiative seeks to give visitors a personal experience of 5000 years of Irish history through a journey of discovery stretching from Carlingford to Cork and is intended to match and complement the Wild Atlantic Way in terms of scale and ambition.
The capital funding announced in today’s first phase of the ‘New ideas in Ancient Spaces’ Capital Grants Scheme is being awarded to:
· Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park Ltd - enhanced visitor experience, County Kildare (€29k);
· Titanic Connections, Cork (€50k);
· Uisneach Interpretative Centre, County Westmeath (€65k);
· Tholsel Visitor Centre, Fethard, County Tipperary (€198k);
· Redevelopment of Powerscourt Visitor Interpretation Experience, County Wicklow (€80k);
· Athlone Castle – Enhancing the Visitor Experience, County Westmeath (€76k);
· Hook Lighthouse Guided Tour Experience, County Wexford (€80k);
· Journeys of Exploration, Anglo Irish Heritage at Blackrock Castle, Cork (€160k);
· Dunleckney Maltings, Carlow (€200k);
· Birr’s Anglo Irish & Early Christian Heritage, County Offaly (€84k);
· Boyne Valley: Waterway through Time, Trim, County Meath (€86k);
· Ancient Stones, Untold Stories – St Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower Interpretation Project, Kilkenny (€80k).