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€2.6 million approved for Shannon Heritage


FUNDING has been approved for Shannon Heritage for Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and King John’s Castle.

€2.6 million in funding has been allocated by Minister Michael McGrath.

“I’m delighted this afternoon to have received confirmation from my colleague Minister Michael McGrath on this funding,” said Deputy Cathal Crowe.
“I’ve been in close contact with him, my other Dáil colleagues, the workers and the management at Shannon Heritage, working to ensure a positive outcome.
“This fund means that these iconic sites will remain open until the end of the year, meaning staff can now breath a sigh of relief.
“I will be working with my colleagues to ensure this gets extended even
further too.” he said.

Mary Considine, CEO, Shannon Group said: “The announcement by Hildegarde Naughton, Minister of State for International Road Transport and Logistics of €2.6 million funding to enable us keep our Shannon Heritage sites open to the end of December is very welcome.

“The ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been devastating for our heritage business which is hugely dependent on international visitors. With visitor numbers to our owned sites down -80% year-to-date on last year, we sought Government funding to support us through this unprecedented crisis.

“Today’s announcement is great news, not only for our employees at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and King John’s Castle, but for the mid-west tourism industry. We know the importance of these sites to tourism in the region.

“We would like to thank Minister Naughton, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform for this much needed support.” she added.

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