‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ to boost tourism in Carlow- Deering

16th April, 2015


Fine Gael TD for Carlow/Kilkenny, Pat Deering, has welcomed the launch of the Government’s new tourism plan for the East and South, ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’, saying it will benefit tourism in Carlow.

“The new tourism plan launched by Ministers Donohoe and Ring in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, will hopefully benefit Carlow in the same way as the Wild Atlantic Way has boosted tourism in western counties. This plan is similar in scale and ambition to that of the Wild Atlantic Way which is a great initiative already reaping rewards for tourism figures in the West.

“This new plan for the East and South will highlight the rich history and heritage of the region spanning 5,000 years. Brownshill Dolmen will be featured as part of one of the key pillars of the new tourism plan ‘Ancient Ireland- The Dawn of Civilisation’ pillar of the new tourism plan and will be one of the key attractions.

“Fáilte Ireland’s research suggests that an initiative such as this has the potential to deliver an extra 600,000 overseas visitors (growth of more than 20%) to the region and increase visitor revenue by almost 25% to €950m in total by 2020.

“The initiative follows on from the recent Tourism Policy Statement announced by the Government which plans to grow overseas visits to Ireland to 10 million and grow revenue from overseas tourism to €5 billion per year 2025. Achieving this target would see 250,000 people employed in tourism.

“Plans like ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ and the Wild Atlantic Way will help us achieve that target by systematically growing tourism in each region of the country. The plan is already working. Last year saw 7.6 million overseas visits to Ireland, an increase of 8.9% on the previous year. The Ireland’s Ancient East plan is going to ensure that Carlow is very well placed to benefit from a continued growth in tourism.”