MINISTER FOR ENVIRONMENT, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan today announced a €5.5 million investment in a new “Medieval Mile” tourism project for Kilkenny.
The Medieval Mile will stretch from Kilkenny Castle to St Canince’s Cathedral and Hogan said it will position the city as a “must see” destination for overseas visitors.
The Minister said approval has been secured for investment by Fáilte Ireland in projects along the route including a museum at St Mary’s Church and a Great Garden along the River Nore.
Outlining the details today, Hogan said he was delighted to announce the funding which he said will provide Kilkenny with an economic boost.
“Kilkenny is steeped in rich culture and history, and is already one of Ireland’s top tourist centres,” he said. “This investment will reinforce the city’s position as a major tourism hub and will make it more attractive for people to do business.”
Kilkenny City and County Manager Joe Crockett said the Medieval Mile Project will also strengthen the city’s retail mix and make it more attractive for IT companies and corporate headquarters locations.
The €5.5 million is phase one of a strategic development package worth €15 million to be delivered by Fáilte Ireland and the Kilkenny Local Authorities working with Kilkenny Tourism and local arts interests over the next four years.
The number of international visitors to Kilkenny rose from 206,000 in 2010 to 214,000 in 2011 which represents 30 per cent of all visitors to the southeast region.