A new visitor attraction at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin and the development of a new whiskey museum on College Green are getting a funding boost, according to Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar.
€300,000 is being allocated under Fáilte Ireland’s Capital Investment Programme for these two projects, €152,650 for the St Patrick’s Cathedral visitor centre and €150,000 for the whiskey museum.
Funding for the cathedral will develop a new visitor and interpretative area. Surveys conducted by the Cathedral showed that visitors would like to learn more about the building and its relationship with Dublin and surrounding historical sites such as Christchurch.
The project will include touch screen facilities, animations showing how the city developed from 800AD to 1500, themed video clips on local attractions, and a detailed history of the Cathedral. A new audio visual area will play themed videos showing how the Cathedral developed within the wider city.
Funding of €150,000 is being awarded for the development of the previously announced Irish Whiskey Museum on College Green. The museum will focus on the rise and fall of Irish whiskey, and its current renaissance. In particular, it will tell the story and culture of Irish whiskey and its impact on the global whiskey market, using interactive displays and guided tours.
“These two city centre projects should prove a hit with tourists. St Patrick’s Cathedral gets more than 370,000 visitors every year and many of them want to learn more about the Cathedral. The new interpretative centre will tell the story of the Cathedral, and the development of Dublin,” Minister Varadkar said in a statement.
Fáilte Ireland CEO Shaun Quinn said: “Increasingly, a successful tourism destination needs to be able to tell its story and to provide opportunities for visitors to engage with that narrative. The projects announced today – as part of the Dublin Discovery Trail - allow us to do just that".