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Old Creamery In Co. Tipperary Planned To Be Linchpin Of Planned Lough Derg Eco-Tourism Development

Published on Sep 21 2021 9:59 AM in General Industry tagged: Trending Posts / Lough Derg / The Lough Derg Visitor Experience Development Plan

Old Creamery In Co. Tipperary Planned To Be Linchpin Of Planned Lough Derg Eco-Tourism Development

An old creamery in Birdhill, Co. Tipperary, is planned to be the linchpin of a planned Lough Derg eco-tourism development.

It was reported earlier this year that a plan to develop Lough Derg into an eco-friendly tourist destination had been unveiled in a 64 page blueprint titled "The Lough Derg Visitor Experience Development Plan", and its overall aim is to sensitively develop Lough Derg, which borders counties Clare, Galway and Tipperary, as a "slow tourism" destination, with an emphasis on environmentally-friendly, value-added tourism that delivers the maximum benefit for the communities that surround the lake.

As reported by The Irish Independent, Tipperary County Council will rule next month on the development of a Lough Derg Welcome Centre at an old creamery in Birdhill.

Plans For The Old Creamery

It is reportedly hoped that the old creamery complex will welcome up to 20,000 tourists to the area, with Lough Derg as its centrepiece, and backers reportedly say that it will attract visitors to the historic area and serve as a showcase for the best of north Munster arts, crafts and produce.

The complex would reportedly include a tourism information centre, a café, a retail space, a children's play area and car parking, and, when operational, up to eight people would reportedly be employed on a full- and part-time basis.

Hope Of Promoters, Key Goal, Supporters And Importance Of Outdoor Facilities

Promoters reportedly hope that in the long term the centre could be expanded to include a "Lough Derg Experience" that would offer visitors a cinematic experience of the lake and panoramic overviews of the lake and major local sights.

A key goal of the plan is to extend the existing tourism season and create a more year-long offering that will benefit the economies of the areas that surround the lake via revenues, investment and employment opportunities.

Tipperary, Limerick and Clare councils as well as other agencies including Fáilte Ireland, Inland Fisheries, Waterways Ireland, Coillte, EU Leader groups and local community development groups are all reportedly supporting the plan, and the importance of outdoor facilities, as evidenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, has reportedly been noted.

Disability Minister Statement

Galway-based politician and Disability Minister Anne Rabbitte reportedly told Tipp FM that the strategy represents an exciting opportunity for the entire Lough Derg area.

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