The redevelopment of Strokestown Park Famine museum will not effect tours of the Big House

The development of Ireland’s National Famine Museum will not hinder the experience of visitors to Strokestown Park House.

With an overall investment of 5.1 million, plans are underway for a new the redeveloped museum which will use cutting-edge technology including projections and soundscapes to tell an interactive famine story.

Artefacts and documents from Strokestown’s extensive archive – which is home to the largest collection of material relating to the Great Famine – will be showcased throughout.

A new visitor centre and café will also be developed

Failte Ireland is investing €3.9million – with further support from the Irish Heritage trust Westward Scania and the Callery family.

The new development is expected to bring 50,000 more visitors and €13.2million in additional revenue to the region over the next five years.

Local representatives, Eugene Murphy, Maura Hopkins and Denis Naughten are welcoming the announcement.

Strokestown Park House is now run by the Irish Heritage Trust, Ann O’Donohoe Chief Executive says they will try to open the new attractions as they are completed.