Saturday 7 December 2019

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park set for €1 million facelift

Visitors up 8pc

Bunratty Castle in Co Clare. Photo: Deposit
Bunratty Castle in Co Clare. Photo: Deposit
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Co. Clare's Bunratty Castle is to receive a €1 million upgrade, the Shannon Group has confirmed.

A refurbished admissions building, covered courtyard, extended retail area and extended entrance are all on the cards for the 15th century attraction.

The upgraded facility is also set to house an Irish design gallery promoting emerging talented Irish designers, and a new cafe - which will be open to the public as well as visitors paying the attraction's €10/8 entrance fees.

The construction project is already underway, with 25 workers from local company Martin’s Construction on site.

The architects appointed to the project are Galway-based O’Neill-O’Malley Ltd, while TOBIN Consulting, also of Galway, are the consulting engineers. 

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is the second-most visited paid attraction on the west coast after the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, according to Shannon Heritage.

Visitors were up 8pc in 2015, it has announced.

Shannon Heritage is one of four business units of Shannon Group, alongside Shannon Airport, Shannon Commercial Properties Ltd (former property portfolio of Shannon Development) and International Aviation Services Centre (IASC).

It also operates King John’s Castle in Limerick, Malahaide Castle & Gardens and Dunguaire Castle, Co. Galway among its portfolio of attractions - the latest addition to which is the €10 million GPO Witness History in Dublin.

That attraction will open before the 1916 centenary commemmorations.

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