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  • Northside East

Funding boost for Skerries

Monday, 23rd December, 2019 9:00am
Funding boost for Skerries

Skerries Harbour. FILE PHOTO

Funding boost for Skerries

Skerries Harbour. FILE PHOTO

SKERRIES and the Dublin Docklands are to receive funding as part of a National Tourism Development Authority initiative.

Every county in Ireland will be allocated significant funding by Fáilte Ireland to develop the tourism potential of their ‘destination towns’.

The funding has been allocated through the Local Authorities as part of the €15.5 million ‘Destination Towns’ initiative.

Up to €500,000 per local authority will be allocated in two rounds by Fáilte Ireland to boost the attractiveness and tourism appeal of towns nationwide.

Fingal County Council and Dublin City Council are to receive funding for Skerries and the Dublin Docklands respectively.

Speaking at the launch, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD, said:

“The investment awarded to the towns across Ireland reinforces the Government and Fáilte Ireland’s commitment to growing the tourism sector and the benefits it brings to regions throughout Ireland.

“I’m delighted to see Fáilte Ireland and the Local Authorities continuing to work hand-in-glove to ensure towns nationwide can fulfil their tourism potential.”

Dublin Fingal TD Alan Farrell (FG) welcomed the funding for Skerries.

“I am very pleased to see Skerries receive this funding to help drive tourism locally,” he said.

“Fáilte Ireland research consistently shows that attractive towns and cities are key motivators for overseas holidaymakers coming to Ireland.

“With this in mind the new scheme will provide funding to Fingal County Council to enhance public spaces such as squares, streetscapes and markets in a way that will engage tourists and enhance their experience in key towns.

“This could include spaces for food and craft markets, areas for town centre events, public art displays as well as orientation and signage to help visitors explore a town’s local heritage.“

Dublin Fingal TD Darragh O’Brien (FF) also welcomed news of the funding for Skerries. 

“The €400,000 investment will see the development of a cultural and heritage walking trail through Skerries town which will hope to increase visitor numbers to the town,” said Deputy O’Brien.

“The main aim of the project is to increase tourism in the area and use well-known heritage spots close to the town.

“Increased visitors to the area will have an overall positive impact of local business and trade so this is much welcomed news for everyone in the locality.

“The funding will be used to boost tourist numbers in the region and will see special attention paid to the telling of the Martello Towers’ story and their significance to the coastline.

“The heritage walks when completed will be a welcome addition to the area and hopefully will lead to greater levels of tourists visiting the region.”

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