Fáilte Ireland Allocates €9m In Funding For 38 locations For Outdoor Dining Facilities

By Dave Simpson
Fáilte Ireland Allocates €9m In Funding For 38 locations For Outdoor Dining Facilities

Fáilte Ireland has allocated €9 million in funding to transform 38 locations for outdoor dining facilities.


In a statement published on its website, Fáilte Ireland said, "Fáilte Ireland allocates €9 million in funding to transform 38 locations for Outdoor Dining facilities across Ireland.

  • "38 locations to be developed under the Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme
  • "Permanent weather resistant structures to be developed in partnership with local authorities

"Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin TD and Fáilte Ireland have today (Wednesday 8th September) announced the locations of 38* permanent Outdoor Dining facilities to be developed in 19** counties nationwide.

"Fáilte Ireland's Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme opened for applications in March 2021 and comprises two parts. Today's announcement relates to Part Two of the scheme.

"All local authorities were invited to apply to Fáilte Ireland for funding under Part Two - Local Authority Weatherproofing & Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme - to develop streets and public spaces to facilitate outdoor dining in urban tourism centres, enabling access to outdoor seating for extended periods throughout the year. 38 locations are set to benefit under the scheme with almost €9 million allocated.


"Part One of the scheme - Outdoor Seating and Accessories - supports individual hospitality businesses with grants of up to €4,000 for seating, tables and outdoor accessories. Closing date for receipt of applications is September 30th, 2021.

"Minister for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport, Gaeltacht and Media Catherine Martin T.D. and Paul Kelly, CEO Fáilte Ireland, were in Howth, Co. Dublin to make the official announcement."

Martin Statement

In a statement also published on Fáilte Ireland's website, Martin said, "I am pleased to announce the locations of 38 new outdoor dining facilities to be developed around Ireland including here in Howth, in County Dublin. The aim of this scheme is to support tourism and hospitality jobs and help businesses develop new ways of catering for domestic and international tourists outdoors. Access to outdoor dining facilities will continue to be a key part of industry recovery as we look forward to 2022 and beyond.  This scheme further strengthens the government's deep commitment to develop tourism and necessary infrastructure nationwide."

Kelly Statement

In another statement published on Fáilte Ireland's website, Kelly said, "This scheme supports resilience and survival in the short term and the recovery of the tourism sector in the long-term. Outdoor dining and hospitality will now be a permanent feature of our hospitality offering and businesses need to be supported to facilitate this for longer periods throughout the year. We have already seen the success of the first part of this scheme, which provides individual businesses up to €4,000 towards the cost of outdoor seating. This second part of the scheme being announced today is implemented in partnership with Local Authorities and will build on strengthening the outdoor dining offering around Ireland. We have learned during COVID-19 that people want the option of dining outdoors; this scheme will make dining areas suitable in a wider range of weather conditions so that they can be used for longer periods of the year, helping businesses towards sustainable recovery."

CCMA Rural Development, Community, Tourism, Culture and Heritage Committee Chair Statement

In an additional statement published on Fáitle Ireland's website, chair of the CCMA Rural Development, Community, Tourism, Culture and Heritage (RCTCH) Committee Moira Murrell said, "The implementation of the Local Authority Weatherproofing and Outdoor Dining Enhancement scheme will be hugely beneficial for towns and cities around Ireland, enhancing infrastructure and allowing local hospitality businesses to adapt and develop their offering. We look forward to working with Fáilte Ireland on the completion of this scheme."


* All locations are subject to local authority planning approvals and public consultation

** Locations in South Dublin and Galway have been granted one-month extension


The locations, as listed on Fáilte Ireland's website, are as follows:

Carlow County Council

  • Main Street, Borris (€61,000)
  • Tullow Street Upper, Carlow (€133,357)

Clare County Council


  • Ennis Town Centre, Francis St, Lr Parnell St, Abbey St Car Park, Templegate Plaza (€186,975)

Cork City Council

  • Beasley St, (€236,160)
  • Caroline St, (€375,083)
  • Pembroke St, (€302,187)
  • Princess St, (€112,150)
  • Union Quay (€284,130)

Cork County Council

  • The Quays, Bantry (€221,595)
  • Short Quay, Kinsale (€215,110)

Dublin City Council

  • Merrion Row, (€255,312)
  • Suffolk St, (€351,786)
  • Capel St (€742,095)

Donegal County Council

  • Bundoran Oceanside, West End Car Park (€126,840)
  • Port Road, Letterkenny (€137,000)

Fingal County Council


  • Harbour Green Howth (€600,000)

Kerry County Council

  • Boat Yard, Dingle (€292,118)
  • Kenmare Place, Killarney (€604,505)

Kildare County Council

  • Main Street, Naas (€187,275)

Kilkenny County Council

  • Market Yard, Kilkenny City (€649,000)

Laois County Council

  • Dublin Road, Durrow (€32,348)
  • Hynd's Square, Portlaoise (€129,446)

Limerick City & County Council

  • Limerick City (€750,000)
  • Lower Thomas Street
  • Bedford Row

Longford County Council

  • Main Street, Ballymahon (€104,562)

Louth County Council

  • The Green, Carlingford (€118,000)
  • Earl Street, Dundalk (€82,000)

Mayo County Council

  • Market Square, Castlebar (€98,725)
  • Market Square, Claremorris (€101,300)

Offaly County Council

  • O'Connor Square, Bridge St, Millennium Square, Tullamore (€200,000)

Sligo County Council

  • The Square, Enniscrone (€94,772)
  • Tobergal Lane, Sligo Town (€265,160)

Tipperary County Council

  • East Lane & Mary St Mall Clonmel (€113,800)
  • Old Baker Street, Thurles (€86,200)

Waterford City & County Council

  • Waterford City Trail - Bailey's New Street to O'Connell Street/John Street (€354,919)
  • Grattan Square, Dungarvan (€151,774)

Wexford County Council

  • Monck Street, Wexford Town (€228,000)

Wicklow County Council

  • Abbey Lane, Arklow (€81,000)
  • Market Square, Wicklow Town (€118,624)

Projects given one month extension - awaiting approval

  • South Dublin County Council
  • Galway City Council

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