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Boost for tourism in Louth and East Meath as €10m allocated to create international tourist attraction

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€12.5m also announced for new hourly rail service between Dublin and Belfast

Deputy Fergus O’Dowd with Minister Coveney and Minister O’Donovan meeting OPW officials in Oldbridge in November 2021.

East Meath Cllr Sharon Tolan.

thumbnail: Deputy Fergus O'Dowd with Minister Coveney and Minister O'Donovan meeting OPW officials in Oldbridge in November 2021.
thumbnail: East Meath Cllr Sharon Tolan.

Louth TD Deputy Fergus O’Dowd says he is absolutely delighted to see the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre in Oldbridge is set to benefit from €10m in investment to build on and improve the visitor experience at the site to reflect its unique historic significance to communities North and South.

“This is a project I have been working on with my colleague Minister of the OPW, Patrick O’Donovon since November 2021 when we first met with OPW officials in Oldbridge House to discuss the possible opportunities for the facility to become a key meeting point for North South activities,” he says.

“I also note the €12.5m announced to introduce a new hourly rail service between Dublin and Belfast; this is key to link the two largest cities on the island as we try to further improve our connectivity over the coming years”.

He adds that he firmly believes that Oldbridge will become an international destination for tourists which will create very welcome employment and development opportunities.

“When fully restored and operational the complex will provide an improved heritage experience with the flexibility to serve as a location for Government business into the future,” says the Louth TD.

“The Minister has also confirmed plans to refurbish and conserve the Farmyard Complex, located between the battlefield and the River Boyne, which they plan to open to the public to expand the scope of the visitor experience.

“Alongside the ongoing development of the Boyne Greenway it really is exciting times for Oldbridge and the wider area.”

His party colleague Cllr Sharon Tolan also lauded the possibilities.

“This funding is about all-island investment, boosting local and all-island economy and improving connections North and South. It is particularly wonderful news locally that the Government has confirmed a major investment in developing a renewed visitor experience for the Battle of the Boyne site as a priority to raise the heritage and tourism profile of Oldbridge which has a unique historic and community significance on the island,” she added. “A commitment of €10m from the Shared Island Fund has been made as part of the overall funding package for the project, once finalized. This work will be spear headed by the OPW (Office of Public Works) as part of an overall Conservation Management Plan for the site.”

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