Tourism boon funds con­ser­va­tion at his­toric Kyle­more Abbey

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Business & Appointments - - FRONT PAGE - Dearb­hail Mcdon­ald

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

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