Two of Cork’s most popular attractions — courtesy of Fáilte Ireland’s ‘New ideas in Ancient Spaces’ Capital Grants Scheme.
The grants are for tourist attractions within Ireland’s Ancient East tourism initiative which was established last April to build on the historical and cultural assets in the east and south of the country.
According to Fáilte Ireland, the initiative “seeks to give visitors a personal experience of 5,000 years of Irish history through a journey of discovery stretching from Carlingford to Cork”.
It said it is intended to match and complement the Wild Atlantic Way in terms of scale and ambition.
Of the €210,000 in funding announced yesterday, some €160,000 is to be used to enhance the visitor experience in Blackrock Castle in Cork City. In particular it will be used for a new interpretive experience called Journeys of Exploration which will tell the story of the Anglo Irish and Cork’s maritime heritage.
Fáilte Ireland said the visitor experience will be improved through new multi-lingual interpretation and exhibits at the rooftop, gunnery, courtyard and castle slipway.
Meanwhile, some €50,000 is earmarked for Titanic Connections, part of the Titanic Experience in Cobh which tells the story of the last 123 passengers that boarded Titanic from the harbour.
The Titanic Experience is located in the original White Star Line ticket office building and it is estimated that in excess of 1m emigrants who left Ireland would have walked down the pier.
Fáilte Ireland said the funding will be used to enhance Titanic Connections which will tell the stories of people who emigrated from Cobh and include character re-enactments as well as holographic imagery.
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