Local Authority Name: Ennis Town Council
Project Name: Friar’s Walk Coach Park, Ennis, Co. Clare
The Friar’s Walk Coach Park, in Ennis, Co. Clare is centrally located within the town. Only 100 meters from Ennis Town Centre, and close to Glor Theatre, it has 14 serviced spaces, 24 hr CCTV monitoring, passenger drop off and pick up facility with bus shelter, toilet drop and drivers lounge in the Temple Gate Hotel with CCTV and free Wi-Fi.
Ennis Town Council completed the Coach Park, located in Friars Walk Ennis, in 2012. Coach tourism is critically important to the local tourism and hospitality sector. Ennis Town Council had identified through consultation with coach / tour operators, retail and tourism sectors that there was a need to create a first class coach parking facility in the town of Ennis so as to attract additional coach business to the town.
Local Authority Name: Enniscorthy Town Council ***WINNER***
Project Name: ‘Rebellion’ @ The National 1798 Rebellion Centre
Fanned by flames of Revolution in America and France, the events of 1798 in Ireland are forever etched in blood on Irish history. Vividly re-told in an exciting interpretation of events, The National 1798 Rebellion Centre is an experience not to be missed.
Local Authority Name: Fingal County Council
Project Name: Redevelopment of Malahide Castle & Gardens
An enlightened approach taken by Fingal County Council to the redevelopment of Malahide Castle & Gardens sees a commitment to the future of the tourism product at Malahide ensuring visitors enjoy a first class visitor attraction whilst also experiencing a vibrant and appealing Malahide Village with its narrow streets and lanes. Fingal succeeded in delivering a world class visitor experience and augmenting an already high ranking tourism offering in Dublin and Ireland.
The newly rejuvenated experience at Malahide provides a complete experience for both domestic and overseas tourists, gardening and special interest groups. Malahide Castle & Garden now presents itself as the “Jewel in the Crown” for overseas visitors to encounter Irish Culture and Heritage at its best and also plays a vital role in encouraging more Irish people to take a break at home promoting more home holidays, another feature to Dublin’s tourism offering for domestic visitors to explore.
Local Authority Name: Tralee Town Council
Project Name: Tralee Wetlands Centre/Ionad Bogach Bhá Thrá Lí
The Tralee Bay wetlands project was conceived by Tralee Town Council as an innovative and sustainable visitor attraction. It was designed and developed to the highest international standards, aiming to attract up to 50,000 tourists per annum. The project, costing €4.5m to develop,
was jointly funded by Tralee Town Council and Failte Ireland under the National Development Plan (2007-2013). The project is unique in Ireland and is leading the way in the vastly expanding eco-tourism market in Kerry. It is strategically located on the gateway to the Dingle Peninsula and will greatly enhance the visitor product offering in Tralee. The wetlands centre utilises the rich natural heritage of the Tralee Bay area, which is a nature reserve of international importance.
Local Authority Name: Waterford City Council
Project Name: Waterford Museum of Treasures
A major urban renewal project in Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, devised by Waterford Museum of Treasures and driven by the development, of three new visitor attractions, in the Viking Triangle historic quarter. Two of the attractions opened in 2011: Reginald’s Tower – Treasures of Viking Waterford (in partnership with the Office of Public Works) and Bishop’s Palace – Treasures of Georgian Waterford. In March 2013 the trinity was completed when An Taoiseach opened the Medieval Museum – Treasures of Medieval Waterford. The three visitor attractions tell Waterford’s story from its beginnings in 850AD right up to the 1960s. Among the many extraordinary artefacts on display are the Waterford Great Charter Roll 1372 shown to Queen Elizabeth on her visit in 2011 and the 15th century cloth-of-gold vestments. The multi-award winning Waterford Museum of Treasures is designated under the National Monuments legislation.