€200,000 for Dunleckney Maltings will boost tourism in Carlow – DEERING.

9th September, 2015

Ireland’s Ancient East set to bring more visitors to Carlow.

Carlow Fine Gael TD., Pat Deering, has said that the €200k for Dunleckney Maltings will help attract more visitors into County Carlow. The funding is part of a €1.2 million national funding package in funding for capital projects in Ireland’s Ancient East announced by the Minister for Tourism, Transport and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD. Minister Donohoe also announced an additional €600,000 for the first stage of branded signage for all counties within the region.

The development of a new visitor experience is proposed by providing a unique opportunity to learn about the brewing and distilling heritage in a building that has been integrally linked to the Irish brewing sector for over 200 years. Located on the outskirts of Bagenalstown, the restoration of the former Brewery and Maltings at Dunleckney and its development into a world class visitor experience is in association with the locally based Carlow Brewing Company, a leading Irish Craft Brewery.

The restored brewery will offer guided tours and along with multi-lingual storyboards and leaflets, share the unique story of Carlow Brewing, the brewing heritage of the area, provide opportunities to meet the producers, to taste the beers and participate in demonstrations.

“Ireland’s Ancient East is a hugely exciting tourism package which has been developed by the Government in order to attract people to eastern and southern counties. It will provide visitors with a roadmap stretching from Carlingford to Cork to experience 5000 years of history and culture and will match and complement the Wild Atlantic Way in terms of scale.

“We are all aware of the impact that the Wild Atlantic Way has had in attracting visitors to the west coast and in marketing our Atlantic coastline to an international audience. Ireland’s Ancient East will highlight the cultural and historical riches that we have on our doorsteps to a much wider audience.

“The reduction of VAT on tourism services from 13.5% to 9% by this Government has had a direct and significant impact on job creation in the hospitality industry. The lower VAT rate benefits consumers, business owners and jobseekers. I look forward to the realisation of Ireland’s Ancient East and to the benefits that it can bring to our county.”