Grants scheme looks to Skellig Coast
A NEW Fáilte Ireland scheme will see €30,000 to €200,000 in capital grants made available for projects on the Skellig Coast as part of an initiative to boost the region as a tourist destination.
It follows a process between Fáilte Ireland and local representatives and businesses to identify stand-out features in the locality as part of a long-term plan. This plan was completed last year and the “New Horizons on the Wild Atlantic Way” grants scheme had its launch this week in the Ring of Kerry Hotel.
“The Wild Atlantic Way has been very successful so far but we need to continue to harness its potential and focus on trying to grow and build on that success year on year with new projects and initiatives,” Minister Brendan Griffin TD said at the launch.
“Fáilte Ireland’s long-term development plans give local tourism businesses tangible actions to engage tourists, encouraging visitors to stay longer and spend more in the destination, which in turn provides more jobs and revenue for local communities.”
Fáilte Ireland’s Head of the Wild Atlantic Way Miriam Kennedy said the scheme will “help local tourism businesses to exploit the area’s recent movie fame and, crucially, drive visitor numbers to lesser-known areas and attractions”.
The scheme has also developed a similar plan for the Connemara Coast and Aran Islands. A similar process is underway in four other regions on the west coast, including two in Kerry. One of these is for the Dingle Peninsula, and the other is for the ‘Three Heads’ region from Ballydehob in Cork to Kenmare in Kerry. These are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
To find out more about the scheme, visitwww.failteireland.ie/NewHorizonsGrantsScheme. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin today launched the Fáilte Ireland ‘New Horizons on the Wild Atlantic Way 2018 Grants Scheme’ in Cahersiveen, to develop and improve visitor experiences along the Skellig Coast. Also included was Fáilte Ireland Wild Atlantic Way South West’s Josephine O’Driscoll; and Miriam Kennedy, Fáilte Ireland, Head of Wild Atlantic Way.