Waterford’s Mount Congreve Gardens gets massive €3.7m funding boost
Waterford’s Mount Congreve Estate will receive substantial funding of €3.7 million under the Government’s Rural Regeneration Scheme, Senator Paudie Coffey announced today.
The Waterford Fine Gael General Election candidate said the funding is a major boost in the drive to promote Waterford’s attractiveness as a world-class tourist destination.
Details of the significant funding were also confirmed by Rural Affairs Minister Michael Ring in New Ross earlier today.
Senator Coffey said: “This announcement means Waterford City and County Council, as the lead agency along with tourism and community stakeholders, can now achieve the objective of developing Mount Congreve gardens as a world class tourism destination that can attract over 150,000 visitors annually to the area. This can only be good for rural enterprise and employment for Waterford city and county.”
The funding will pave the way for the development of a range of exciting new facilities at Mount Congreve. These include a coach and parking tourist hub, a café, a retail unit as well as meeting and craft facilities.
Accessibility will be improved through the development of new walkways and paths through the woodland. The plans also include the development of a unique woodland playground facility for children, all of which will create “an attractive and welcoming hospitality suite for visitors to the gardens,” according to Senator Coffey.
He added: “I brought specific focus in the Oireachtas to Waterford’s strong tourism potential in the weeks leading up to this announcement and I brought it directly to the attention of Minister Ring and his officials, so I’m very pleased this has been recognised through this significant investment.”
Senator Coffey said the investment will “build on the already successful Waterford Greenway, Suir Valley Railway and Viking Triangle tourist attractions”.
He added: “This will further strengthen the existing links between Waterford city and county, and I look forward to seeing Mount Congreve gardens and overall local tourism numbers going from strength to strength.”