English confirms €49,500 capital funding boost for Tourism in Meath

Food, Funding, Heritage, Meath, Tourism

5,000 years of innovation and food production in Co. Meath will be
celebrated with a €49,500 capital investment in ‘Ireland’s Ancient’s
Eats’, Co. Meath’s new attraction on the Ireland’s Ancient East
tourism trail, which serves as an East coast counter balance to the
hugely success Wild Atlantic Way on the West coast.

The new project will provide a rich and immersive experience based on
the history and heritage of food in the Boyne Valley. Visitors will
learn about the timeline of Irish food from ancient times, the story
of farming in an Irish context and will gain insight into ‘old school’
traditional methods of food production. They will also take part in
the cooking and consumption of locally-sourced traditional food.
Project elements include the refurbishment of a building into a
visitor reception facility, reconstruction of a ‘fulacht fiadh’
(outdoor oven), landscaping and furnishings.

“This capital funding of €49,500 from Government enhances the tourism
offering of Co. Meath.  It plays to our strengths as a centre of high
quality food, and reminds us of our rich history of food innovation
and food production dating back 5,000 years, as we embark on our
modern Boyne Valley Food Hub innovation project under the leadership
of Gary O’Meara in Meath Enterprise” stated Minister English.

Agher Church, Rathmoylan to benefit from €15,000 under the Structures at Risk Fund 2015

Agher, Heritage, Meath, Tourism

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I welcome the news of funding of €15,000 for Agher Church, and salute the work of Cllr. Joe Fox in this regard as Chairman of Trim Municipal District Council. Our beautiful old buildings are one of the many reasons that people come to visit Meath. By supporting best practice in the conservation of our protected structures, we are contributing to the ongoing attraction of our county and our country as a tourist destination of choice.

The poet, political writer, and clergyman Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) was rector of Agher Church at one time.

Welcoming the news Cllr. Joe Fox stated: “I am delighted to receive word from the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys and local Minister Damien English that Agher Church, Rathmoylan is one of 28 heritage structures across the country that will benefit from a total of €624,000 in funding under the Structures at Risk Fund 2015. Agher Church will receive €15,000. I believe the preservation of heritage structures like Agher Church is very important for our pride of place.”

New tourism policy will benefit Meath – English

Food, Heritage, Tourism

Local Meath Minister Damien English T.D. has welcomed the launch of the Government’s new tourism policy, ‘People, Place and Policy – Growing Tourism to 2025’, saying it will benefit tourism in Co. Meath.

“The new tourism policy statement launched last week by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, targets €5 billion in revenue from 10 million overseas visits by 2025. This is great news for counties like Meath which have a lot to offer to tourists and depend so much on the sector” stated the Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation.

“Located next door to Dublin – the largest entry point into Ireland – Meath has significant potential to grow and attract even more visitor numbers and revenue. We have a list of world renowned heritage sites at Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth and Loughcrew, and newer tourism attractions like Tayto Park, Rathbeggan Lakes to name but a few of many.
“The new target for Irish tourism would enable employment in the sector to rise to 250,000 jobs. Meath must and can fight for its fair share of these jobs. The Government is committed to tourism growth as part of its plan to spread the economic recovery to all regions of Ireland, and Meath can really benefit from this.

“The Tourism Policy Statement has three headline targets, to be achieved by 2025:

o Revenue from overseas tourism, in real terms and excluding air fares and ferry charges, will grow to €5 billion per year in 2025 from €3.5 billion in 2014;
o 250,000 people will be employed in tourism, compared with an estimated 200,000 at present; and
o We will grow overseas visits to Ireland to 10 million (from 7.6 million in 2014).

“In Meath we have the Castles and Fortresses, we have the examples of early Christian Ireland, we have the Gardens and Historic Houses and the Battlesites. And here in Meath we have top quality hotels, restaurants, artisan food producrs and great golf courses too. There is so much to offer tourists in Meath. We need to talk about it more and get out there and sell it, and we will be well placed to benefit from this ambitious new ten year tourism policy.”