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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
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