A grant of more than €500,000 has been approved to develop the tourism hub Áras Scéal an Atlantaigh Fhiáin in Eachléim in the Erris Gaeltacht.
The Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin and the Government Chief Whip and the Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Sport, Jack Chambers made the funding announcement today.
The grant will help to develop a tourism centre in an Eachléim – at a total cost of €2.5m, which will present the story of the wild Atlantic as a cultural tourism project. It is expected to attract 30,000 visitors to the region per year and will sustain 27 full-time positions.
As part of the development an extension will be added to Ionad Oidhreachta Deirbhile in an Eachléim to make space for an interpretative centre, a craft area/café, offices, an emigration hub and an innovation space. Restoration work will be carried out on Blacksod Lighthouse, in order to install interpretative equipment at the site.
The Department of Rural and Community Development will provide the balance (€1.9m) of the total cost of and Údarás na Gaeltachta is investing €125,290 in the project. It is thought that it will be open to the public at the beginning of the 2022 tourism season.
Announcing the grant, Minister Martin said: “My colleague in Government and in the Department, Minister of State Chambers and I are delighted to approve this grant. This worthy project will support additional growth in cultural tourism in the Iorras Gaeltacht. More visitors will be drawn to the area to experience the beauty and the uniqueness of the region as a result of the state investment which has been approved for this project.”