Offaly's Lough Boora Parklands is to get an investment of 730,000 according to an announcement by Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar on Monday. The investment, provided as part of a Tourism Capital Investment Programme from Failte Ireland, will see the popular midland site upgraded to include a new visitor centre and parking areas.
Just two projects will benefit from this week's announcement. Waterford's Viking Triangle project is to get almost 1.9 million to enhance the area, with funding used to improve signage and increase paving and seating areas.
Meanwhile in Offaly the infrastructure at Lough Boora Parklands is to be upgraded. A new visitor service centre will also be provided along with parking areas. Access facilities at the site will also be improved. The upgrades will help to ensure the continued viability of tourism in the area.
Speaking at the announcement Minister Varadkar described Boora as a fantastic facility in its own right as well as a key tourism attraction in the region.
"It's important that we sustain investment in tourism right across the country," he said. "Tourism is central to the Government's plans for economic recovery and job creation, and the industry sustains 180,000 jobs across the country. The Tourism Capital Investment Programme from Failte Ireland delivers employment at all stages, from construction at the start, to guiding tourists when projects are up and running."
Offaly Fine Gael TD Marcella Corcorcan Kennedy welcomed the funding for the site between Tullamore, Birr and Clonmacnoise that covers over 5,000 hectares, saying that it will "further develop this Offaly tourism success story and will ultimately bring more tourists to the region".