New operator required for popular centres

by Rose Barrett
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Fingal County Council will immediately begin the process of procuring a new operator for its successful attractions at Malahide Castle, Newbridge House and the Casino Model Railway Museum following the decision of Shannon Heritage to withdraw from their contract, writes Rose Barrett.

The council was disappointed to learn of Shannon Heritage’s decision and will continue to work with them through a six-month transitionary period.

Malahide Castle and Gardens Pic Johnny Banbury

Shannon Heritage told the Gazette: “As you know, our Shannon Group tourism company, Shannon Heritage, currently manages a number of day visitor attractions in Dublin on behalf of Fingal County Council and An Post. 

“It is Shannon Group’s intention to conclude these operating contracts and to work closely with both parties to ensure the smooth transition of the operations. The group is also in discussions with local authorities in Clare and Limerick and interested parties concerning the future operation of Dunguaire Castle in Galway.

“Given the devastation caused by the pandemic to aviation sector, the arrangements announced will assist Shannon Group to focus on the recovery of Shannon Airport, building back international passengers as soon as possible, while continuing to develop its aviation cluster and associated property activities. 

The properties in Malahide and Donabate, which include Malahide Castle, the Butterfly House, Newbridge House and Farm and the Casino Model Railway Museum, are open to the public and continue to attract large numbers of visitors.

PHOTO – Luke, Barry and Jack Ward from Portmarnock enjoying the facilities at Newbridge House & Farm

 

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