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'Ireland’s Ancient East' Gets €1m Funding Boost

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'Ireland’s Ancient East' Gets €1m Funding Boost

The Government has announced over €1m in further funding for capital projects in Ireland’s Ancient East.

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, along with Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD, said funding is being made through Fáilte Ireland’s ‘New Ideas in Ancient Spaces’ Capital Grants Scheme and is for a further 13 projects within the Ireland’s Ancient East initiative.

This second phase of investment brings the total funding to €2.26m and comes ahead of a new signage scheme to brand the region which is due to be rolled out in 2016.

This funding under the ‘New Ideas in Ancient Spaces’ Capital Grants Scheme follows a Fáilte Ireland call for applications from interested parties across the region. A further phase of funding in capital supports for the initiative is expected in 2016.

Commenting on this further phase of capital funding for the project, Minister Donohoe today said: “I am delighted to announce a further round of funding for Ireland’s Ancient East and to ensure we maintain the momentum of this initiative and build on the impressive tourism assets we have in the east and south of the country. As this project evolves and grows, I am confident that it will be a perfect complement to the Wild Atlantic way in the west and that it will generate significant additional visitors, revenue and tourism jobs in the east.”


The capital funding announced is being awarded to:


Laois Heritage Trails, Co Laois



Ros Tapestry, New Ross, Co Wexford



Cobh Heritage Centre, Co Cork



The Clockgate Tower Youghal, Co Cork



The Norman Way, Co Wexford



The Butler Trail, Co Tipperary



The Lifetime Lab (Steam Centre Visitor Experience), Cork City



Celtic Tree Experience, Blackstairs Eco Trails, Co Carlow



Castle Saunderson , Co Cavan



Louth Adventures, Co Louth



Ireland’s Ancient Eats, Co Meath



Glaslough Heritage Trail, Co Monaghan



3D Viking Experience, Waterford City