Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar yesterday allocated €1.9m for the Viking Triangle area of Waterford.
The money will be used in Waterford for signage, interpretative material, seating, and paving in the historic quarter, which is bound by the river Suir, The Mall and Cathedral Square, and dates to the 10th century, when Vikings first settled in the area.
The Viking Triangle is 500m in length and has Reginald’s Tower — one of the country’s oldest buildings — at its apex.
That section of Waterford has seen a number of improvement projects completed in recent years, including the refurbishment of the Bishop’s Palace, the Theatre Royal, buildings along The Mall and in Greyfriars, and the development of the Waterford Crystal showroom.
Mr Varadkar said the aim of the funding, under Fáilte Ireland’s tourism capital investment programme, aims to provide a direct link between the outdoor environment and the interiors of individual tourist attractions.
“The Viking Triangle will be a landmark tourist attraction which will create jobs, stimulate the local economy and boost the tourism industry in the region,” said Mr Varadkar.
Local Fine Gael TD John Deasy said the heart of Waterford had been badly hit by the economic downturn. “We need to invest money in the centre of the city to get people back in,” he said. “It’s important that this project, in its entirety, is completed.”