Fáilte Ireland, the Office of Public Works and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage together have invested over €2.6million in the new immersive experience at the Ceide Fields Visitor centre in north Mayo.
The enhanced development will be officially opened this afternoon by the Minister of State with responsibility for Office of Public Works Patrick O’Donovan
The Minister says the investment will position the Céide Fields and north Mayo as a must visit destination along the Wild Atlantic Way route.
Minister O'Donovan claims the centre is expected to attract 38,000 visitors and support 152 additional jobs in the region by Year 5 of opening, generating almost €1m in additional tourism revenue for the local economy.
The Céide Fields are a unique and extensive Neolithic archaeological site, celebrated for the complex and extensive remains of ancient field systems and habitations.
The enhanced experience at the centre includes improved interpretation that tells the archaeological story of the site and its discovery. A new state-of-the-art audio-visual exhibition will draw domestic and international tourists to the site, encouraging them to learn more about the rich heritage of the region, and to explore north Mayo and its surrounds.
Minister O'Donovan will officially open the centre at noon today and the facility weuill be opened to the oublic from tomorrow (Friday)..