Plans unveiled for €3m extension to Strokestown Park

There are plans for a €3-million development at Strokestown Park House.

It’s hoped construction will commence early in 2019 and that it will result in a jobs boost to one of the Shannonside region’s most popular tourist attractions.

The Irish Heritage Trust has been operating the house and Irish National Famine Museum since 2015.

The trust is preparing to lodge a planning application with Roscommon County Council for a substantial extension, which would see the café area enlarged and the creation of an outdoor terrace.

A new visitor centre would be developed within the existing courtyard.

The former stables are currently in a poor condition, but it’s planned to upgrade and extend them to include a new lobby and events space.

The car park and toilets would also be upgraded, and Kevin Baird, the chief executive of the Irish Heritage Trust, says the project would significantly enhance the tourist attraction.

Mr Baird says it’s hoped €2.5 million of the €3 million cost will be funded from Fáilte Ireland.