€32M Grants for Tourism Projects

Fáilte Ireland has approved €32m in grants under its EU Just Transition Regenerative Tourism and Placemaking Scheme.

Funding includes €7.8m for the redevelopment of the visitor centre at Clonmacnoise in Co Offaly, €3.2m for the delivery of interpretation and visitor facilities at Athlone Castle in Co Westmeath, €2.7m for the redevelopment and regeneration of Emily Square in Athy town in Co Kildare, €2.97m for the upgrade and introduction of new exhibitions at Roscrea Castle in Co Tipperary and over €1.85m for increased capacity and range of activities for Lough Key Forest Park in Co Roscommon.

The EU Just Transition Fund (JTF) is a new fund created to support the regions and communities in Europe that are most negatively affected by the transition to climate neutrality and to promote socio-economic transition, ensuring that no one is left behind.

Ireland is set to receive up to €84.5m from the EU Just Transition Fund up to 2027. With the Government's match funding using Exchequer resources, up to €169m will be available in the period up to 2027.

The new funding includes a €5.5m Digital Transformation Programme, in which 85 businesses will participate.

As a beneficiary of the Trail Development element of the scheme, Bord na Móna has been awarded €3.6m towards the creation of up to 79km of new walking and cycling trails across suitable parts of the Bord na Móna landbank in the following areas:

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin said these projects mark the first steps in the regenerative tourism development journey in the Midlands.

The CEO of Fáilte Ireland, Paul Kelly, said these initial investment grants for projects under the Regenerative Tourism and Placemaking scheme is just the beginning of the EU Just Transition journey for Ireland’s Midlands.