Cottage that Padraig Pearse built to attract 50,000 visitors
A new €4m centre at Pearse's Cottage in Connemara is expected to attract over 50,000 visitors each year.
The project, launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny as one of the flagship projects marking the centenary of the 1916 Rising, will be opened in the middle of next year.
At present, around 12,000 tourists visit the cottage in Rosmuc annually but the chief executive of Udaras na Gaeltachta, Stiofán Ó Cúláin, said he expects a four-fold increase once the new building is open.
Padraig Pearse spent much of his time between 1903 and 1915 at the cottage he had built as a holiday home. A Dublin native, he had come to Rosmuc as an examiner for Conradh na Gaeilge and was so taken with the area that he immediately arranged to have the holiday cottage built.
The Taoiseach said the new visitor centre would be an appropriate development to commemorate the 1916 Rising.