Dun Laoghaire to see €500,000 windfall from Failte Ireland

by Gary Ibbotson

The town of Dun Laoghaire will benefit from a funding boost after Failte Ireland announced a subsidy of €500,000 will be allocated to the area.

The funding influx is part of the €15.5m ‘Destination Towns’ initiative launched earlier this year by the National Tourism Development Authority.

A town from every county council district in the country was selected as a recipient of the fund with Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD making the nationwide announcement last week.

Failte Ireland CEO Paul Kelly said, “the towns which reap the greatest benefits from tourism and schemes like Destination Towns are those where all local tourism players work together – from Local Authorities and businesses to the communities themselves, each complementing another’s efforts to create a full and appealing offering for their area.”

Green Party councillor for the area, Ossian Smyth welcomes further investment in the town.

“One million people walk the pier every year and half a million people visit the Lexicon library,” he says.

“The Sunday market in the People’s Park has become a popular institution. International sailing competitions are held in the harbour.

“The Ironman and Redbull diving competitions bring hundreds of thousands of visitors and many overnight guests.

“The council would now like to get more people to visit, to spend more time and more money in Dún Laoghaire town.

“So, we applied for funding from Fáilte Ireland for a project called ‘Telling the stories of Dún Laoghaire Town’.

“This would include a new Dún Laoghaire Harbour Trail, Dún Laoghaire Historic Trail, Up-Lighting of two significant buildings and a New Dún Laoghaire Town Food Trail.”

Fine Gael councillor for Dun Laoghaire, Lorraine Hall said the town “is a fantastic seaside destination located a stone’s throw away from the Dublin City Centre. 

“I’m delighted Fáilte Ireland recognises Dún Laoghaire’s potential as a “Destination Town”.

“This funding will be put to very good use, to encourage more people to visit the town, and to boost the attractiveness and appeal of Dún Laoghaire even further.”

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