Formed in 2016, a Strategic Partnership was set up between Fáilte Ireland, OPW and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. The main purpose of the partnership is to invest in a number of iconic attractions of national and international significance to deliver world-class visitor experiences which will in turn increase visitor numbers to these sites and the surrounding areas.

In total, 16 capital investment projects were commenced at some of Ireland’s most visited heritage attractions including Newgrange and Dún Aonghasa on Inis Mór.

Since then, new and improved visitor experiences have been delivered at Ormond Castle, Brú na Bóinne, Customs House, the Great Blasket Visitor Centre, Céide Fields and Knowth. The investment of €16.7 million by Fáilte Ireland is detailed below:

Project Grant Approved
Casino at Marino, Dublin €1,588,125
Record Tower Dublin Castle, Dublin €2,887,500
Masterplan for Dublin Caslte, Dublin €112,500
Masterplan for Phoenix Park, Dublin €300,000
Dublin Castle Visitor Hub, Dublin €2,325,000
Customs house, Dublin €200,000
Inis Mór – Dún Aonghasa €450,000
Great Blasket Visitor Centre €1,912,500
Kings Johns Castle Carlingford, Louth €400,000
Ceide Fields, Mayo €1,128,750
Brú na Bóinne, Meath €2,587,500
Newgrange Visitor Centre, Meath €1,338,750
Knowth, Meath €1,493,896
Boyne Valley Interpretation Plan, Meath €120,000
Carrowmore, Sligo €262,500
Ormond Castle, Tipperary €258,690
Rock of Cashel, Tipperary €1,786,500
Glendalough Upgrade, Wicklow €348,975
Masterplan for Clonmacnoise €200,000
Trim Castle €43,750
Rock of Cashel Visitor Experience Centre Site Options Analysis  €150,000
OPW Digital Strategy €246,000