Grants scheme looks to Skel­lig Coast

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS -

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, vis­­teire­­zon­sGrantsScheme. 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.

Photo Va­lerie O’Sul­li­van

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