Gaol approved for revamp
Failte Ireland recently approved funding to Wicklow Gaol to redevelop as an interpretative centre.
There were expressions of interest from all over Ireland during the e-tendering process, with the contract eventually awarded to MMID from Enniscorthy, experts in the multimedia field.
'This is a great day for the Gaol,' says Project Manager Gráinne McLoughlin.
'The Gaol was originally developed in 1999 and since then there has been extensive changes to heritage centres and the way the interpretation of how a story is told.
'At this stage many of the displays are tired-looking and this funding from Failte Ireland will enable MMID to re-tell the story, add additional graphics, video projection and audio guides in four languages.'
Blaise Tracey, the Chairman of Wicklow Enterprise Centre, added, 'Wicklow Gaol is one of the county's most important heritage sites and I am delighted that we have the opportunity to upgrade and retell the story and ensure that as a visitor attraction it will be one of the best in the country.'
The Gaol will remain open for the duration of reinterpretation work and it is envisaged to have the work completed by the end of May just in time for the summer season 2014.