Friday 15 December 2017

Ambitious plans to revamp one of Ireland's hidden gems

Portumna Castle Portumna Co. Galway
Portumna Castle Portumna Co. Galway
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Ambitious plans for one of Ireland’s best kept secrets, Portumna Castles, have been revealed.

The Government hopes that works due to be completed this year will help double the number of visitors to the Galway tourist attraction.

The castle, which dates back to the earlu 1600s and was taken over by the  State in 1948. A series of conservation upgrades have been carried out down through the years.

But now a new round of works are due to be upgraded including improvements to the road to the castle.

A new visitor centre, with a café, in the former stable block will be finished this year.

The upstairs space will also be used for exhibitions when the centre is open to the public.

The current problem with a lack of parking in the grounds will be countered by new bus and car facilities.

The works come just as Waterways Ireland upgraded the nearby Marina.

“Attracting additional visitors like this will provide a greater spinoff for the town of Portumna and much economic benefit for local businesses,” Seán Canney, Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public works said.

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