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New €3m viewing platform and museum on the way for Dublin Castle's record tower

It’s one of a number of locations to receive funding thanks to Fáilte Ireland.

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DUBLIN CASTLE’S RECORD tower is to become home to a new viewing platform and museum thanks to new funding.

Fáilte Ireland has announced €11.5m in funding from its Capital Grants budget for 10 key OPW projects in Dublin and within the Ireland’s Ancient East region.

A total of €3m will be given to the Record Tower, Dublin Castle, to fund a new attraction which:

will consist of a new museum, venue and viewing platform in The Record Tower at Dublin Castle, making one of Dublin’s most impressive medieval buildings more accessible to visitors.

It’s one of a number of locations which have received a chunk of the funding:

  • Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre – €2.58m
Full revamp of the exhibition/ interpretation and improvements to ancillary facilities including toilets, car park, bus station.
  • Rock of Cashel – €1.78m
New indoor exhibition, new outdoor interpretation, new visitor hub to increase capacity.
  • Knowth – €1.4m
On site exhibitions / interpretation along with landscaping, toilets new bus / car park.
  • Newgrange – €1m
New visitor hub, indoor and outdoor interpretation, toilets, coach bays and landscaping.
  • Ormond Castle, Co Tipperary – €585k
New indoor exhibition / interpretive space, landscaping and refurbishment of outdoor spaces.
  • King John’s Castle, Carlingford – €400k
The proposed project would enable visitors to enter the interior of the castle and would allow for the story of the castle to be brought to life via  a range of different activities such as performance, lectures, exhibition etc.
  • Glendalough, Co Wicklow – €349k
Increase capacity, relieve traffic congestion and improve links with Laragh village.
  • The Phoenix Park (tourism and amenity study) – €300k
Technical assistance funding for a tourism and amenity study and masterplan for the Phoenix Park which will look at optimising the tourism and amenity value of the Phoenix Park.
  • Boyne Valley (Interpretation Masterplan) – €120k
Technical assistance to commission an interpretation masterplan for multiple historic and archaeological sites in the Boyne Valley.

Patrick O’Donovan, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport said: ”If tourism is to sustain growth into the longer term, we need to continually upgrade and enhance the experience on the ground and today’s funding will very much help us do that.”

Fáilte Ireland’s strategic partnership with the OPW is one of a number of engagements the tourism body has entered into with other state agencies to work together to grow tourism.

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