Nearly €300,000 in Bord Failte funding for Sligo Wild Atlantic route – McLoughlin

Investment in key tourism locations from Mullaghmore Head to Enniscrone.

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Tony McLoughlin, TD. Fine Gael.
Tony McLoughlin, TD.
Fine Gael.

Confirmation that Sligo has been allocated more than €287,000 towards new tourism facilities along the county’s Wild Atlantic Way route has been welcomed by Fine Gael Sligo-Leitrim TD, Tony McLoughlin.

The funding is designed to boost Sligo’s tourism industry, with allocations for remedial works, photo points, interpretation centres and other visitor facilities and attractions.

Deputy McLoughlin said:

“Last month I asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Sligo Tourism 3Paschal Donohue T.D., via Parliamentary Question, to explain to me what level of funding the Wild Atlantic Way route in Co. Sligo has been allocated by his department in 2014, and the status of any government funding yet to be drawn down.

“The Minister ultimately referred my question to Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority, who ultimately responded to my request last week.

“I am advised by Fáilte Ireland that to date, €110,769 has been invested on remedial works at seven discovery points in Co. Sligo. The seven sites being Mullaghmore Head, which is a signature Discovery Point, Streedagh Point, Rosses Point, Strandhill, AughrisSligo Tourism 4
& Dunmoran Strand, Easkey Beach and Inishcrone Beach. These remedial works are nearing completion and grant payments will be made by the agency very shortly.

“I am pleased to advise that a further €70,000 is being invested at these seven locations in 2015, which will be used to develop new photo points and interpretation facilities for visiting tourists in order to enrich their experience at these locations.

“In addition, there was also €106,270 invested on the manufacturing and installation of new road signage along the Sligo portion of the Wild Atlantic Way route in 2014, bringing the total investment in the Co. Sligo portion of the Wild Atlantic Way to over €287,000 currently.

“The Wild Atlantic Way is now a vital aspect of Sligo’s overallSligo Tourism Image tourism product, and this funding is warmly welcomed by all involved.

“With expectations for tourism growth in 2015
being very positive according to the CSO, The Wild Atlantic Way and its facilities in Co. Sligo will play an important role in attracting more of these visitors to Co. Sligo” concluded Deputy
McLouglin.