New Experience at Ancient Fields
A new visitor experience at the Céide Fields, which will drive tourism recovery in Mayo and along the Wild Atlantic Way, has been officially opened by Minister of State with responsibility for Office of Public Works Patrick O’Donovan T.D.
Fáilte Ireland, the Office of Public Works and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage have invested over €2.6million in the new immersive experience at the visitor centre, which will position Céide Fields and north Mayo as a "must visit" destination along the Wild Atlantic Way route. The centre is expected to attract 38,000 visitors and support 152 additional jobs in the region by Year 5 of opening, generating almost €1m in additional tourism revenue for the local economy.
Céide Fields is a unique and extensive Neolithic archaeological site, celebrated for the complex and extensive remains of ancient field systems and habitations. The enhanced experience at the centre includes improved interpretation that tells the archaeological story of the site and its discovery. A new state-of-the-art audio-visual exhibition will draw domestic and international tourists to the site, encouraging them to learn more about the rich heritage of the region and to explore north Mayo and its surrounds.
Commenting on the launch, Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin said: "The Céide Fields is an extremely significant historical site, in Ireland and across the world. The new visitor experience will enable visitors from home and abroad to immerse themselves in the fascinating heritage of the Céide Fields and encourage more people to visit beautiful north Mayo, generating significant economic impact for the area."
Paul Kelly, CEO of Fáilte Ireland, added: "Investing in standout attractions that tell the rich story of Irish heritage creates new and unique reasons for visitors to choose Ireland while creating employment in rural Ireland and its urban centres. Mayo has a wealth of natural and heritage attractions, and Fáilte Ireland has been collaborating with industry and stakeholders on a number of key projects which will boost the appeal of this region to domestic and international visitors alike."