Friday 24 May 2019

Heritage Park gets €35,000 funding grant

Maura Bell of the Heritage Park at the announcement of the funding
Maura Bell of the Heritage Park at the announcement of the funding

Brendan Keane

The National Heritage Park has been given a €35,000 development grant to enable it to improve the experience of visitors through enhancing the animation and story-telling aspect of the centre.

The grant was announced last week as part of a Failte Ireland nationwide strategy to boost tourism and revenue at attractions along Ireland's Ancient East trail.

The funding follows on from a meeting of the Failte Ireland Authority in Wexford and is the result of a successful submission from the Heritage Park.

Senior figures in the authority visited the park and other high-profile tourist sites in County Wexford including the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross and the Dunbrody House Cookery School.

Failte Ireland's Chief Executive Officer, Paul Kelly, said County Wexford is a key player in the Ireland's Ancient East brand.

Commenting that promotion of Ireland as a world-leading tourist destination can only be done by developing the product being offered to visitors he said Ireland's Ancient East works because of its links with history and story-telling.

Describing himself as a proud Wexfordman he said: 'I know first-hand the wealth of experiences, culture and heritage the whole county has to offer all year around.'

He also said the grant to the Irish National Heritage Park will help boost tourism for the county.

The Head of Ireland's Ancient East, Jenny De Saulles, said visitors expect a more hands-on, interactive experience of history and heritage.

She said Failte Ireland's grant schemes 'are vital in ensuring the tourism offer remains strong and competitive'.

Maura Bell, from the Irish National Heritage Park, expressed delight at receiving the grant and said the money will make visitors' experiences at the centre 'more immersive' through a new audio visual presentation.

Wexford People

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