Humphreys Opens Clare Attractions

Heather Humphreys, Minister for Rural and Community Development, visited County Clare to mark the completion of three tourism projects in the north and west of the county.

The Minister officially opened the recently upgraded Loop Head Lighthouse Visitor Experience in Kilbaha and Vandeleur Walled Garden and Visitor Centre in Kilrush. The Minister also went to Lisdoonvarna to meet with representatives of Lisdoonvarna Fáilte to view projects recently funded by her Department to the value of €691,000, before finishing her scenic visit to the county in Kilfenora where she will officially open the Burren Exhibition Centre.

Minister Humphreys’ first visit of the day was to the upgraded Loop Head Lighthouse Visitor Experience. Funded by the Minister’s Department under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF) scheme as part of Project Ireland 2040, with 25% match funding by Clare County Council, the completed works include the restoration and conservation of the historic lighthouse keeper’s cottages and a new visitor hub with interpretation panels featuring stories from the local area. The total investment for this project is €1,623,800.

Further investment is also earmarked for the historic 17th century landmark after An Bord Pleanála last month granted planning approval to Clare County Council for the development of new visitor experience facilities, a looped walking trail network, the construction of a new visitors’ carpark, the installation of wayfinding signage, and the upgrade of the existing wastewater system.