Monday 23 July 2018

€1.6m funding will open Doneraile Court to visitors

Maria Herlihy

A hefty €1.6 million will make its way for the refurbishment of the historic Doneraile Park, which attracted 480,000 visitors last year.

Confirming the funding this week, Deputy Sean Sherlock said the funding will enable access to the ground floor of Doneraiel Court and provide a visitor reception area along with an interpretive exhibition area in the three main reception rooms of the house. 

The Labour TD said the funding is "a vital announcement for North Cork and the wider Cork region." 

He told The Corkman that this is "another feather in the cap for Doneraile Park as a major amenity".

"This will benefit everyone who uses the park. People are proud of Doneraile and I want to thank Minister Kevin Boxer Moran who visited in July last year. The Minister has honoured the commitmeent he made then. It will take some time but it is a major bonus for the people of the region," he said. 

He added that he is now awaiting further details from Minister Moran on the timescales involved.

"This announcement keeps Doneraile on the OPW agenda and I will make sure it stays there," he said. 

Failte Ireland said Doneraile Wildlife Park had 480,000 visitors last year which was an 11% increase on the previous year. This figure put it ahead of the National Museum of Ireland, Fota Wildlife Park and Blarney Castle.  

A huge attraction of Doneraile Wildlife Park is that entry to the excellent amenity is absolutely free. 

Doneraile Wildlife Park was named as the country's fourth most popular free visitor attraction. 

The beautiful Doneraile Court house sits in the 400 acre park. To add to its beauty there are deer and formal gardens along with walks along the Awbeg River.