Ireland’s first funicular cable railway planned as part of €73m tourism investment

Four new attractions are planned for Ireland, including Ireland’s first funicular cable railway.

Fáilte Ireland have unveiled plans for Ireland’s first funicular cable railway as part of a €73m tourism investment that will see four new attractions on the Emerald Isle.

A ‘state of the art’ flight simulator is also in the works for Dublin. The other three attractions will be in Donegal, Mayo, and Cavan.

Investing in tourism – Ireland’s growing industry

Ireland’s first funicular cable railway set for Donegal.
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The Irish Government has announced a major tourism investment of €73m.

The investment will bring four brand new tourist attractions to the Emerald Isle, including Ireland’s first funicular cable railway.

€44.3m in funds is being invested by Fáilte Ireland. Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin TD describes the plan as “the most significant investment in visitor attractions ever undertaken by Fáilte Ireland.”

She continued, “It will have far-reaching national and regional economic benefits.”

Estimations suggest that the new attractions will create 8,000 new jobs across Ireland and generate €290m of visitor revenues over ten years.

The return of tourism – following a quiet year

Westport House in County Mayo will receive the largest investment.
Credit: Fáilte Ireland

Due to ‘stay at home’ orders and international travel restrictions, it has been a quiet year for Ireland’s tourism and hospitality industries.

Thus, it is hoped that the €73m tourism investment, which includes Ireland’s first funicular cable railway, will make a big difference. Key objectives include lengthening the tourism season and diverting visitors to the regions where the new attractions will be based.

The four recipients of the massive investment are as follows:

Fort Dunree and Head in Buncrana, County Donegal, will receive €9.3m in funding. €4.8m will go to The Shannon Pot and Cavan Burren Park in County Cavan. And ‘This is Ireland’ in Dublin 1 will receive €10m.

The largest investment will go to Westport House Estate & Gardens in County Mayo, which will receive €20.2m.

Ireland’s first funicular cable railway – a one of a kind attraction

Ireland’s first funicular cable railway planned for Donegal.
Credit: Fáilte Ireland

Ireland’s first funicular cable railway will be located at Fort Dunree and Head in County Donegal. The one of a kind attraction will offer visitors a ‘thrilling ascent’ to the Fort while also offering incredible views of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

The descent will offer visitors fantastic views of Lough Swilly and its surroundings. Fáilte Ireland also proposed a glass walkway between two parts of Fort Dunree and Head.

Other exciting attractions across Dublin and the west

'This is Ireland' will offer visitors an immersive experience.
Credit: Fáilte Ireland

The other sites receiving investment will see improvement and regeneration to some of Ireland’s best attractions.

Investment at the 300-acre Westport House and Estate will restore and rewild the gorgeous County Mayo estate. Simultaneously, investment at Shannon Pot and Cavan Burren Park will create a new discovery centre and elevated viewing platform.

Finally, the new ‘This is Ireland’ flight simulator in Dublin will be based on similar attractions in Amsterdam and Vancouver.

Fáilte Ireland said, “‘This Is Ireland’ allows guests to experience the story of Ireland in a breath-taking and engaging way.”

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