Fine Gael TD for Wicklow/Carlow East, Andrew Doyle, has welcomed the announcement that Fáilte Ireland are making €80k in funding available for the Powerscourt Visitor Interpretive Experience, through its ‘New ideas in Ancient Spaces’ Capital Grants Scheme for attractions within the Ireland’s Ancient East initiative.
“I am delighted that Powerscourt is set to receive approximately €80K for the new Powerscourt Experience project and it is another example of this Government’s relentless focus on growth in tourism. The tourism industry is a major economic driver for the region and Wicklow. The sector has been growing from strength to strength, visitor numbers were up by nearly 12 per cent in the second quarter of the year.
“This funding includes €80k which is intended to support the redevelopment of the Powerscourt Visitor Interpretation Experience in order to share the stories of Powerscourt and offer a world class visitor experience. The proposed interpretation and enhancement project at Powerscourt House, Gardens and Waterfall will see leading characters, along with anecdotes and stories of the estate, shared with visitors at key points in the gardens where the links to an artefact or landscape will tell a human story related to the site.
“This will include the introduction of a new audio visual presentation for visitors as well as the redevelopment of the visitor experience at the Waterfall and the restoration of important artefacts in Powerscourt Gardens.
“The funding is part of Fáilte Ireland’s ‘New ideas in Ancient Spaces’ Capital Grants Scheme to encourage the development of compelling visitor experiences throughout the Ireland’s Ancient East region. Tourism is a major economic driver for Wicklow and the region and I very much welcome this funding allocation and many more projects added on to the list of attractions within Ireland’s Ancient East supported through the scheme” commented Doyle.