15.4 C
Galway
Home NEWS Portumna Castle becoming major tourist attraction in Galway

Portumna Castle becoming major tourist attraction in Galway

A lot of work has been done to make Portumna Castle a major tourist attraction in Galway, and more improvements are in the pipeline.

A beautifully preserved stately home in east Galway, Portumna Castle was built in the 17th century by the 4th Earl of Clanricard, Richard Burke.

This year Portumna Castle celebrated its 400th anniversary.

In the past three years tourists getting a taste of Ireland’s past have benefited from a major upgrade to the road leading to Portumna Castle and Marina, making it easier for tourists to access.

Other welcome additions to the site have included a café, shop, and exhibition space as tourist numbers visiting the castle have grown.

Galway East TD Seán Canney confirmed that the Office of Public Works is seeking planning permission for additional parking space for buses and cars.

This will increase the capacity of tour groups individual visitors the castle can accommodate.

“Another major development planned is to provide a safe access to the first floor of the Castle,” added Deputy Canney

“This project would provide access to the large hall on the first floor.” This hall would be used for large meetings and concerts.

Deputy Canney also that he has met with Minister Josepha Madigan to discuss future additions to the castle.

He wanted “to the Department of Heritage to purchase the Gate Lodge at Portumna Castle on behalf of the State. The Gate Lodge is strategic to the future development of Portumna Castle.”

This stately home in east Galway can bring great economic and cultural benefits to the local community in Portumna as an essential stop for tourists in the Hidden Heartlands.

 

Photo: Portumna Castle/Facebook

Briain Kelly
Email: news@galwaydaily.com

Our new restaurants page features all of Galway’s favourite eateries –  making it oh so easy to choose when and where to eat whenever you’re craving some delicious food!

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Coronavirus: 1 death and 11 new cases in Ireland

There has been one new death of a person with COVID-19 reported today, along with 11 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the Republic. There have...

Plans submitted for 62 hectare solar farm outside Tuam

Plans have been submitted to Galway County Council for the construction of a 62 hectare solar farm just outside of Tuam. The planning application, which...

Teaching Council strongly praises dedication of school communities

The Teaching Council has strongly commended the dedication of school communities to connect with each other and to facilitate remote learning in a wide...
Your Cart