Heritage and visitor attractions in Waterford have been given a major boost as Fáilte Ireland announced that The Bishop’s Palace Museum, Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens and Lismore Heritage Centre will be awarded a total of €350,000 in funding from its new Storytelling Interpretation Grants Scheme.
As part of its wider strategy to boost tourism and revenue across Ireland’s regions, Fáilte Ireland launched the scheme to improve the quality of animation and storytelling at existing attractions throughout Ireland’s Ancient East.
Successful bids have been recognised for their ability to improve the quality of physical interpretation at their sites through a range of innovative resources including audio guides, video and interactive technology.
Welcoming the funding announcement, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin said, “Ireland’s Ancient East attracts visitors from across the country and overseas thanks to its rich history and storytelling. Waterford is a key player in Ireland’s Ancient East, with a wealth of experiences, culture and heritage available across the whole county, all year round. Grants like those which have been awarded to the amazing The Bishop’s Palace Museum, Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens and Lismore Heritage Centre will really help to boost the tourism offering here and, in turn, drive even more visitors and revenue into County Waterford.”
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