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Fáilte Ireland Funding of €724k Announced for Key Wild Atlantic Way Projects in Co. Galway


Funding for four projects through Fáilte Ireland’s New Horizons on the Wild Atlantic Way 2018 Grants Scheme was announced by Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Seán Kyne TD this week. The €524k in funding will help to develop and improve visitor experiences along the Connemara Coast and on the Aran Islands in Co. Galway.

The projects receiving funding* support the implementation of a Visitor Experience Development Plan, a long term tourism plan which was recently developed for the area in collaboration with key stakeholders and local tourism businesses:

Aran Heritage Centre / Museum Arann, Aran Islands - €84,000

Connected Islands Gaeltacht Visitor Experience / Cuairt Turasoireachta ar Oileanra Gaeltachta, Lettermullen - €75,000

Transatlantic Connections Centre – Alcock and Brown and Marconi, Clifden - €165,000

Connemara Railway Project, Maam Cross - €200,000

Announcing the funding, the Minister for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Seán Kyne TD., said: “I’m delighted to announce funding for four projects on the Connemara Coast and the Aran Islands as part of Fáilte Ireland’s New Horizons 2018 Grants Scheme. Fáilte Ireland’s Visitor Experience Development Plans bring the local community and key stakeholders together to plan tourism in a way that benefits everyone and it is great to see a plan like this developed for our Gaeltacht areas and islands. The funding allocated will allow these projects to improve the visitor experience, encouraging more tourists to visit the area.”

The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin T.D., said: “This announcement is a welcome boost to the tourism industry for the Connemara Coast and Aran Islands. Fáilte Ireland’s Visitor Experience Development Plans aim to drive visitor numbers to the regions and to lesser visited areas and attractions within them. The funding provided for projects identified in the plan for the Connemara Coast and Aran Islands through the New Horizons on the Wild Atlantic Way 2018 Grants Scheme will help ensure that this part of Galway, and the Wild Atlantic Way, continues to offer visitors world—class experiences and attractions, boosting the region and increasing revenue and employment in the local tourism industry.”

Head of Fáilte Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, Miriam Kennedy, said: “Developing and unlocking the growth potential of visitor attractions in less visited areas is one of the main aims of our Visitor Experience Development Plans and through Fáilte Ireland’s New Horizons on the Wild Atlantic Way 2018 Grants Scheme, we are investing in projects along the Connemara Coast and on the Aran Islands to ensure that we can continue to attract and encourage visitors to stay for longer in these areas, extending the tourism season and creating sustainable employment opportunities along the Wild Atlantic Way.”

Terence O’Toole, Transatlantic Connections Centre – Alcock & Brown & Marconi, said:“We are thrilled to have received funding from Fáilte Ireland, through their New Horizons 2018 Grants Scheme. Derrigimlagh is a Signature Discovery Point along the Wild Atlantic Way, highlighting the world’s first commercial transatlantic wireless station and the landing site of the first non-stop transatlantic flight. This funding will help us to develop a Transatlantic Connections Visitor Centre, in Clifden, to further bring to life the stories of Alcock and Brown and Marconi, offering visitors a truly unique, indoor, experience that can be enjoyed year round.”

Footnote: * Funding dependent on Grantees meeting all compliance requirements and due diligence.


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