Ambitious plans by Wexford County Council, in partnership with Fáilte Ireland and the JFK Dunbrody Trust, to transform New Ross Town's tourist offering received a major boost today with the announcement that the New Ross Tourism Transformational Project is to receive funding of €5.56 million under the Rural Regeneration Development Fund.
Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development was in New Ross today and delivered the welcome news during his national funding announcement of successful applicants under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, Category 1, (Second Call).
The New Ross Tourism Transformational Project will see the development of three visitor attractions in New Ross in an ambitious plan that combines renewal of prominent town-centre sites with compelling tourism experiences.
- William Marshal - 'The Greatest Knight that ever lived' is the development of a new world-class visitor attraction telling the Norman Knight's unique story in a historic, vacant premises on South Quay (formerly known as the 'Murphy Building').
- The Norman Way - the New Ross Town Experience will see a major upgrading of the public realm along a Norman Historical trail extending from Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, through various Norman sites within the town centre before concluding at the historic St. Mary's Church. The works include a major €1.2m public realm park redevelopment at High Hill, for which planning approval is already in place, with works on the Park scheduled to begin in the middle of next year.
- Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience Transformation will create a new immersive visitor experience at the existing Dunbrody Visitor Centre, transporting the visitor back in time to experience New Ross in its former role as an emigration port.
Total project costs are estimated at approximately €9.3m, with Wexford County Council and Fáilte Ireland providing the balance of funding to complete the ambitious project.
Director of Services at Wexford County Council, Eddie Taaffe, welcomed today's funding announcement, describing it as 'a fitting and deserved outcome to the combined efforst of the County Council, Fáilte Ireland and JFK Trust to transform New Ross into a compelling and sustainable visito destination of world class quality and scale'.