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Minister Launches New Visitor Facilities At Emo Court And Parklands

By Dave Simpson
Minister Launches New Visitor Facilities At Emo Court And Parklands

Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works Patrick O'Donovan has launched a suite of new visitor facilities at Emo Court and Parklands, according to a statement published on


According to the statement published on, the Office of Public Works (OPW) has invested significantly in Emo Court, delivering a new visitor hub, picnic area, new car park, improved path network, improvements to the lake and a renovated walled garden.

Statements By Minister O'Donovan

The statement published on included a statement by Minister O'Donovan that said, "The completion of a whole range of new facilities in the grounds of Emo Court is a great milestone in preserving and enhancing this special place. Today is an excellent showcase of how this site is thriving as a destination from the strategic investments we have made and, in turn, benefitting the local community and businesses. People from all corners of Ireland have come here to either watch or actively participate in the major athletic competition organised by Emo GAA Club and Laois Chamber of Commerce, local businesses are taking the opportunity to display their products and services, and families are enjoying a great day out that takes in everything Emo Court and Parklands have to offer."

O'Donovan continued, "Of course, our work here continues and the next phase will tackle the restoration of the roof. Although it is only in the preliminary stages, once completed, it will be another important step towards protecting the historic main house for future generations."

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