OPW Minister Seán Canney was at Derrynane House in Caherdaniel on Friday to launch several new initiatives at Derrynane National Historic Park.
The Minister of State was at the ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell to launch four new tourist attractions including a Seashore Trail which was created under the leadership of locally based wildlife expert, photographer, filmmaker and artist Vincent Hyland.
The ceremony - which was the opening event of the 'Discover Derrynane' family activity weekend - also saw the launch of the new Derrynane House website and the start of consultation process for the draft Derrynane Conservation Management Plan.
The activity weekend, which was organised to showcase the stunning natural surroundings of Derrynane House and its neighbouring beach, involved a wide range of activities including guided nature walks; children's nature activities; workshops; walks and talks.
In recent months extensive works have been completed on Derrynane House which houses a museum dedicated to the life of Daniel O'Connell. The works include the construction of a new visitor reception area; and upgrade of the museum; the acquisition and display of numerous new artefacts and accessibility work in the refurbished courtyard.
"I am delighted to be in Derrynane, launching these very exciting initiatives for the House and the Park. Derrynane House and Park is a unique and historic site and the new Seashore Nature Trail, which has been completely updated with new information, technology and site characteristics, is a wonderful resource to help visitors learn about its unique environment," said Minister Canney.
Minister Canney also encouraged people to make observations on the Draft Conservation Management Plan
"My Office, the Office of Public Works, has an important conservation remit to maintain built heritage in State Care and I would encourage all those interested in the essence and cultural significance of Derrynane to submit their observations on our new website," he said.