It was announced today that Fáilte Ireland will invest six hundred and forty thousand Euro in to the Knights and Conquests Heritage Centre in Granard Co. Longford. The announcement was made at an event at the heritage centre where plans for a “living Norman village” were unveiled. Mairéad Cleary Reports:
There’s definitely momentum in the county, that was the opinion of Mary Stack head of Attractions in Fáilte Ireland. Her comments were made as she announced a six hundred and forty thousand euro investment into the heritage centre that will see fifteen acres of land on the side of the town be transformed into a “living model” of a Norman Village.
The project was spearheaded by the local community. Maura Mahon, secretary of Granard Community Enterprise CLG, said the drive for a heritage centre came from the financial decline during the recession:
Paddy Matthews, head of the ‘Hidden Heartlands’ regional brand said local business must collaborate to ensure success in the tourist industry.
Meanwhile, Granard Cathaoirleach Micháel Carrigy said it’s the responsibility of Longford people to visit the sites in their own county and promote their own community: