Carrick-on-Shannon in Co. Leitrim will be allocated the maximum level of funding by Fáilte Ireland - €500,000 to develop its potential as a tourism ‘destination town’.
The funding has been allocated through Leitrim County Council as part of the €15.5million ‘Destination Towns’ initiative launched earlier this year by the National Tourism Development Authority.
The Destination Towns project will develop an integrated approach to making Carrick-on-Shannon accessible to visitors. Plans include new interpretative signage, improved lighting and coach parking to compliment the current public realm plans to encourage visitors to stay in the area for longer.
The process of identifying the towns that receive funding through the Destination Towns scheme commenced in mid-2019 and was led by the Local Authorities in consultation with Fáilte Ireland.
The Fáilte Ireland scheme is part of the National Tourism Development Authority’s work to drive a better regional spread of overseas and domestic visitors and spend.
Cathaoirleach of Leitrim County Council Enda McGloin commented on the announcement;
“I welcome the allocation to Carrick on Shannon under the Destination Towns Scheme. I understand that Carrick on Shannon was successful in securing the maximum allocation allowable of €500,000 towards improvement works in Carrick-on-Shannon to make the town and its hinterland it a destination of choice for tourists and visitors.”
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D., said:
“Tourism’s importance as an economic driver for Ireland cannot be overstated. It sustains 260,000 jobs across the country and generates revenue in communities nationwide. Initiatives like Destination Towns, funded through the Government’s Project Ireland 2040, is a great example of how investing in infrastructure can deliver long-term economic benefits for local communities.”
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin T.D., said:
“The investment awarded to the towns across Ireland today 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.”