Howlin officially launches €7.5m Johnstown project
A €7.5 million development of Johnstown Castle, which it's hoped will make it the most visited tourist attraction in the region, has been officially launched by the Minister Brendan Howlin, the latest in a series of good news announcements in recent days.
Teagasc, which owns the castle in behalf of the State, are partnering with the Irish Heritage Trust and the Irish Agricultural Museum, to undertake major conservation work on the Castle and to develop the heritage and tourism potential of the Castle and Gardens, so that the development compliments the recently-launched Ireland Ancient East tourism strategy.
Minister Howlin said the development was a major boost Wexford and the South East and will significantly contribute to Ireland's tourism offering, particularly to Ireland's 'Ancient East'.
'This development aims to make Johnstown Castle the most visited attraction in the South East of Ireland and to greatly increase the amount of pleasure which people, from Ireland and abroad, obtain from the buildings and grounds of Johnstown Castle.
'For the first time, the Castle itself will be opened to the public to visit. It's important to preserve such an historic building to a high standard for future generations to understand and enjoy their heritage,' said the Minister.