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Friday 25 April 2014

Revamp of Castle a major boon to town

A LOCAL councillor and newly appointed director of Malahide Castle and Gardens Ltd has said the completed revamp of the tourist facility will be a major boon to Malahide when it finally opens on October 15.

Cllr Peter Coyle, a Council appointed director of Malahide Castle & Gardens Ltd, is pleased with the quality of the work carried out at Malahide Castle and says that the opening on October 15 'will be a huge addition to tourism in the area'. Malahide Castle & Gardens Ltd is a wholly owned Fingal County Council company. Shannon Heritage who will operate the facility at the castle is very professional and well established in the Clare/Limerick region including operating Bunratty Castle.

The employment of locals at Malahide Castle, Gardens and new visitor centre is very welcome, according to Cllr Coyle. He said: ' The facilities offer an enhanced visitor experience on entering the castle, including a new Talbot Family Exhibition and interpretation area on the ground floor of the castle with friendly and experienced guides offering guided tours in different languages.

The walled gardens offer a unique experience in botanical facilities.' Speaking about the delayed opening of the facility, he said: ' The original delay in opening the facility is regretted by all concerned but Malahide Castle and Gardens Ltd and Shannon Heritage feel that it is better to delay and deliver a high quality product to local, national and international visitors, rather than to open prematurely and offer a less than satisfactory visitor experience.

'It is noted that there were huge numbers visiting the new Avoca Handweavers unit since it opened last week. The new overflow car park was well used at the weekend. Overall when all facilities come on board, Malahide Castle and Gardens will be one of the most popular visitor attractions in the Dublin region.' You can get more information on the facilities is available on the website: http://www.malahidecastleandgardens.

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