Tourism boon funds conservation at historic Kylemore Abbey
AN increase in tourists visiting Kylemore Abbey will fund critical conservation and restoration work at the iconic visitor attraction.
Kylemore Abbey — which has been home to Benedictine nuns since 1920 — is Connemara’s main tourist attraction, with 320,000 people visiting the destination last year.
Accounts for the year ending December 2016 show an excess of income over expenditure of €832,856.
“The strong financial position will fund conservation work to the historic building at this time,” said John Madden, spokesperson for the Kylemore Trust. “This work on the Castle building is essential to ensure the long-term viability of Kylemore Abbey as the main source of income for the Benedictine community and its mission as one of Ireland’s leading tourist destinations”.
The 19th century building is in need of urgent maintenance to prevent decline, including the repair of parapets and water ingress.
“As well as having in excess of 320,000 visitors in 2016, Kylemore also supports 120 jobs that are critically important to the Connemara economy,” said Madden.
Kylemore Abbey is Connemara’s main tourist attraction with 320,000 people visiting it last year