Fáilte Ireland

  • Galway is set to receive Fáilte Ireland's biggest ever tourism investment.

    A new three-storey Atlantic Museum is expected to transform the Spanish Arch district of the city.

    The total cost of the project will be 10.2 million euro, and it is set to open in 2022.

  • Tourism businesses are being encouraged to sign up to the Covid-19 Safety Charter.

    The COVID-19 Safety Charter was developed by the National Tourism Development Authority to instil public confidence in ‘safe breaks’ in Ireland. Fáilte Ireland research shows the public expect and regard it as ‘important’ that appropriate safety measures are in place if they are to consider taking a domestic break in Ireland this year. 

    149 tourism businesses in Mayo have so far received the COVID-19 Safety Charter.  Nationally almost 2,700 tourism businesses, including approximately 50,000 employees, have completed the training and received the Charter.

    Fáilte Ireland is encouraging more businesses in Mayo from the accommodation sector, restaurants, attractions and activities to sign up to complete the training and receive the Safety Charter.

  • Businesses involved in the tourism and hospitality industry are being urged to apply for new grants of up to €15,000 to offset some of the costs they incurred in adapting their premises to meet Covid-19 restrictions.

    Fáilte Ireland has launched a €26 million Covid-19 Adaptation Fund, after funding was secured as part of the Government's July Stimulus Package.

    Applications for the new grants are now open, and will remain open until 8th October.

    The amount of funding a business will receive will be determined by its size, and the type of costs incurred for structural adaptations.

    Sligo-Leitrim FG TD Frank Feighan is urging businesses across the West to apply for the grants.

  • People will be allowed one hour and 45 minutes in pubs once they reopen from June 29th.

    It's part of the finalised guidelines for the sector published last night by Failte Ireland.

    There will be two hours between each booking - with 15 minutes set aside for cleaning after each group.

    The social distancing guidelines will be laxed for the sector with one metre allowed where the two metre requirement isn't possible.

    The person who books the table will have their contact details held by the bar for contact tracing purposes - with clock-in services to be strictly followed throughout opening.

  • Fáilte Ireland has announced funding of €3.9 million euro for a new National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park House in Co Roscommon.

    Minister of State for Tourism Brendan Griffin was in Strokestown today to announce the investment.

    The existing famine museum at Strokestown Park House will be transformed into a new state-of-the art National Famine Museum, which will tell the story of the Great Famine.

    Fáilte Ireland says the redeveloped museum is expected to bring 50,000 more visitors over the next 5 years, which would represent over €13 million in additional revenue to the region.

    Strokestown Park House is already home to the largest collection of material relating to the Great Famine, and artefacts and documents from the extensive archive will be showcased throughout the new museum.

    A new visitor centre and café will also be developed.

    The total cost of the project will be €5.1 million, with Fáilte Ireland investing €3.9 million.

    Minister Griffin said that, for the first time, Ireland will have a museum dedicated to telling the local, regional and national story of the Great Famine and its devastating impact on Ireland.

    He said this is not only an important museum for Irish citizens, but also for overseas visitors looking to immerse themselves in one of the most significant periods in our country's history.



  • Fáilte Ireland has announced funding of over €20 million euro for Westport House Estate & Gardens.

    It's part of a €73 million euro investment in four major projects in Mayo, Cavan, Donegal and Dublin.

    The largest allocation - €20.2 million - goes to Westport House to ensure it's developed as a world-class visitor attraction.

    The total investment in Westport House will be over €36 million, and a key element will be the "Wild Realms" project, which will allow visitors to connect with nature, and enjoy the wild flora and native woodlands across the 300-acre estate.

    The 18th century Westport House and Gardens will also be restored.

    For over 300 years, the Browne family- who built the house - lived there before it was sold in 2017 to the Hughes family in Westport.  

    Westport-based FG Deputy Michael Ring has welcomed the substantial investment....

  • Details have been announced today of a new scheme to support tourism businesses impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic which were not eligible for the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme or other grant schemes.

    2020 saw thousands of jobs being lost across Ireland's tourism sector, which the sector's revenue fell by €6 billion euro.

    The €55 million euro Tourism Business Continuity Scheme was launched today by Fáilte Ireland, and applications will open on 11th February, with grants ranging from €3,750 up to €200,000 available for businesses such as outdoor activity providers - this includes bike tours, surf schools, kayaking tours, tourist boat tour operators, walking tours etc - as well as visitor attractions not eligible for the CRSS, caravan and camping providers and Cruise Hire companies who meet the eligibility criteria.

    Jenny De Saulles of Fáilte Ireland has been giving more details of the new scheme to Midwest News....

  • Customers may be able to drink at the bar when pubs reopen.

    According to the Irish Independent, Fáilte Ireland will make the recommendation to the government later this week.

    It will publish guidelines for pubs that only serve alcohol.

    Pubs serving food that are currently open don't allow customers to sit at the bar.

  • Fáilte Ireland will start offering quality certificates for properties used as short-term holiday lets on sites like AirBnB.

    People who host visitors in their own home won't be able to apply - the scheme is aimed at secondary properties.

    The Sunday Business Post also reports the state tourism agency will get further statutory powers to regulate the short-term holiday lettings sector.

  • Fáilte Ireland will invest €150million into developing major new visitor attractions of scale across the country.

    The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross today launched Fáilte Ireland’s new Platforms for Growth initiative which will “transform the tourism landscape across the country” according to CEO Paul Kelly.

    The programme of investment is Fáilte Ireland’s largest yet, and forms part of its Grants Scheme for Large Tourism Projects which runs up to 2022.

    Major new visitor attractions of scale will be developed and existing attractions greatly enhanced through Platforms for Growth, with Fáilte Ireland making individual grants available for large-scale visitor attractions of €2.5million upwards.

    A series of workshops will be held around the country including in Mayo to guide organisations and businesses on the application process.

    Breaffy House Hotel will host a workshop on Tuesday June 18th from 10am until 1pm.

  • Funding of €2.1m has been approved by Fáilte Ireland for a 56km cycle track through part of the Ballycroy National Park/Wild Nephin.

    The project, when completed will see the upgrading of the existing Western Way to a grade 3 cycle/walk track extending some 56km off road from the Great Western Greenway through the National Park to Ballycastle in North Mayo.

    The project is part of Fáilte Ireland’s strategic partnership with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s National Parks and Wildlife Service to achieve the aims of further developing quality visitor experiences at Ireland’s National Parks and also conserving and protecting their natural environments for the enjoyment of future generations.

    Also today, the National Parks and Wildlife Service announced the renaming of the National Park to the Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has welcomed today’s funding announcement.

  • Galway welcomes more overseas visitors than Cork or Kerry, and Longford is Ireland's least-visited county, according to new data from Fáilte Ireland.

    Dublin is the county that attracts most overseas visitors and tourist spend, according to the figures published in the Irish Independent, which chart visitor numbers and revenue by region and county in 2017, which was a record-breaking year for Irish tourism.

    Ireland welcomed 9 million overseas visitors in 2017, with a combined spend of €4.9 billion.

    Dublin is attracting the most overseas visitors, followed by Galway, Cork and Kerry.

    In second place, Galway attracted 1 million, 673 thousand overseas visitors last year, with a spend of €589 million.

    Mayo was in 7th place on the list, attracting 324,000 overseas visitors which generated revenue of €78 million.

    Further down the list are Sligo at 15th place, with 173,000 overseas visitors, and Roscommon is at number 22 on the list, attracting 54,000 overseas visitors.

    The figures also show Irish residents took 9.6m trips, spending €1.9 billion last year.

    Dublin, Cork and Galway were the most popular spots for domestic trips, with over 1 million Irish people taking a break in Galway, while Mayo was the 6th most popular location, welcoming over half a million domestic visitors last year with a spend of €108 million euro.



  • Fáilte Ireland has this week launched a €4 million marketing campaign to boost holidays at home this Summer.

    "Keep Discovering" is the title of the campaign, which encourages people to discover more about our own country, and help to re-boot and rebuild Ireland's tourism industry.

    Failte Ireland says cities are seeing the slowest growth in hotel bookings, compared to the rest of the country, and will need additional support.

    Speaking with Paula Donnellan, Fáilte Ireland's Director of Marketing Niall Tracey has urged people to take a fresh look at Ireland for our holidays this Summer ..

  • No live or loud music will be allowed once indoor dining resumes, under new guidelines published by Failte Ireland.

    Customers must leave the restaurant or pub by 11.30PM  - and only six people will be permitted per table, with children under 12 exempt.

    A 105 minute time restriction will be in place per booking if there is one metre or less between tables.

    Food and beverage facilities indoors will initially only be available for residents of hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs which can reopen from June 2nd.

    With less than two weeks to reopening the hospitality industry had been growing increasingly frustrated at the delays in issuing the guidelines as businesses need to prepare.

  • Food-service businesses will only have to stick to 1-metre social-distancing rules when they reopen at the end of the month, if customers limit their time to 90 minutes. 

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has issued new guidance for outlets that serve food, including pubs.

    People will have to spend at least nine euro when they buy a 'substantial meal' in a pub when they reopen at the end of the month, and may have to pre-book..

    Fáilte Ireland says it's seeking clarity on a number of aspects and will publish its own guidelines for pubs in the coming days.

  • The good news keeps on coming for the world renowned Céide Fields in Mayo. The centre, which celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary this year was awarded the prestigious award, The International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens, earlier in the year. 

    On Monday it was announced that the centre would be receiving over €1million in funding from the Fáilte Ireland and the OPW for upgrading the centre - you can find out more on that here http://bit.ly/2IF403C.

    With all of that happening we thought it would be an ideal time to head down and find out more about one of the jewels in the crown of the West of Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way.

    Check out our video now.

  • The Chairman of Fáilte Ireland has stepped down after it emerged he travelled to Italy on holiday.

    Michael Cawley is said to have been in Italy despite government advice not to travel and holiday at home.

    His resignation follows a report in today's Irish Independent he spent the past couple of weeks holidaying in Italy, a country which is currently on the government's 'green list'

    It comes despite Failte Ireland carrying out a 'major drive' to encourage people to take staycations due to Covid-19.

    The government's also brought in a new tax rebate scheme aimed at getting people to holiday here.

    In a statement, Mr Cawley announced his decision was so as not to distract from Fáilte Ireland's work in rebuilding the Irish tourism industry.

    The Minister for Tourism accepted his resignation.

  • Fáilte Ireland has announced funding of over €20 million euro for Westport House Estate & Gardens towards its development as a world-class visitor attraction.

    A key element of the investment will be in the "Wild Realms" project, which will allow visitors to connect with nature, and enjoy the wild flora and native woodlands across the 300-acre estate.

    Westport House and Gardens will also be restored.  Visitors can enjoy the enhanced experience of the grand house with its formal gardens and learn about the Grace O’Malley family who lived there for centuries.

    Failte Ireland CEO Paul Flynn says the funding and subsequent developments at Westport House Estate and Gardens will entice domestic and international tourists to the West of Ireland for years to come.

    For over 300 years, the Browne family- who built the house - lived there before it was sold in 2017 to the Hughes family in Westport. 

    The CEO of Westport House Estate and Gardens Barry O’Connor told Midwest News that there are three projects that will be developed through today’s funding and they are delighted with the news...

  • Tourism buyers from 22 countries have toured the Wild Atlantic Way over the weekend, ahead of attending Meitheal - Ireland's largest tourism trade fair - which takes place today and tomorrow at the City West Hotel in Dublin.

    The group visited a number of tourism providers in Mayo, to find out what the county has to offer visitors - including Westport House, the Museum of Country Life at Turlough, Castlebar, Glen Keen Farm, Foxford Woollen Mills, the Jackie Clarke Collection, Connacht Whiskey Co, Ceide Fields, the Ballycroy National Park, Cleggan Mountain Boardwalk and Electric Escapes bike tours.

    Buyers from China, India, the Middle East, the UK, the United States and mainland Europe are among those being hosted by Fáilte Ireland, so they can sell this region to their customers around the world.



  • Towns around the country will be able to compete for part of a new tourism fund of €15 million euro being announced today by Fáilte Ireland.

    The new scheme will allow local authorities nominate two towns in their area for funding of between 250 and 500 thousand euro.

    The aim of the fund is to boost the attractiveness and tourism appeal of towns.

    Minister of State for Tourism Brendan Griffin will brief officials from all local authorities on the new investment scheme at an event in Dublin today.

    Any applicants will have to fulfil criteria that includes the ability to attract international visitors.

    CEO of Fáilte Ireland, Paul Kelly says international visitor numbers need to increase in order to offset the impending risks from Brexit: