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Bunratty in line for major improvements


ONE of the country’s most popular visitor attractions is about to get a cash injection to give visitors better facilities and more to do.

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, which are managed by Shannon Heritage on behalf of the Shannon Group, continue to be a success story, with revenue up by nine per cent to €16.7 million and more than 887,000 visitors passing through the doors.

Now Shannon Heritage has plans for multi-media facilities in some of the buildings as well as a new children’s play area, interpretation facilities and more car parking spaces.

Also on the agenda is work to refurbish Bunratty House, which stands in the grounds of the Folk Park.

Grant-aid has been secured from Failte Ireland to begin the development of the project which will be in line for further aid as it progresses to work on the ground.

It’s expected that work will start in September next year.

Improvements have been on-going at the park in recent months, with the acquisition of two Irish Wolf Hounds, who will roam the rooms of the 15th-century castle and the reintroduction of native Irish Red Deer, who will shortly be joined by a stag to complete the herd.

Shannon Heritage is the largest commercial operator of heritage tourist attractions in Ireland and was one of the first to develop and run heritage attractions and evening entertainments.

The company employs up to 300 people in the peak tourist season at its six-day visitor attractions and four evening entertainment options.

Read more news stories in the Limerick Post News section.

Bernie English
Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ie
Bernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news.
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