Michael Ring TD has confirmed that Westport House Estate and Gardens has been awarded a significant funding investment of €20.2 million by Fáilte Ireland.
Deputy Ring stated: "I am very pleased to confirm that €20.2 million in funding has been allocated to Westport House Estate and Gardens. Westport House is a large-scale attraction that has provided much entertainment for locals and tourists alike. Westport House are also an excellent employer.
"This funding will be used to reimagine and rewild the Westport House Estate offering uplifting nature-based experiences on the West Coast. The project in total will be €36.1 million.
"The restoration and reimagining of the Westport House and Gardens Estate offers visitors a multi-layered, multi-day experience.
"A key element is the ‘Wild Realms’ project which will allow visitors to connect with nature and absorb the vibrant sights, smells and sounds of the wild flora and native woodlands across the estate.
"The new attraction over the 300-acre estate will allow visitors to explore ancient Irish rituals and our ancestors’ connections to the land as told through a series of accessible wild and natural spaces. Westport House and Gardens will also be restored. Visitors can enjoy the enhanced experience of the grand house with its formal gardens and learn about the Grace O’Malley family who lived there for centuries.
"This funding and subsequent development will entice domestic and international tourists to the West of Ireland for years to come. I wish to take this opportunity to once again compliment the Hughes family on purchasing Westport House and continuing to develop this wonderful attraction.
"This is a tremendous boost to this wonderful attraction in Westport. The project in total will be €36.1 million."