Month: July 2019

Ryder Cup to benefit tourism and the economy in Limerick, the Mid West and Ireland

Added July 25th, 2019

The Minster of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Patrick O’Donovan said the confirmation that Adare Manor will host the 2026 Ryder Cup is great news not just for Limerick but Ireland as a whole.

Minister O’Donovan said, “An event like the Ryder Cup means that a world audience will be focused on Ireland, Limerick, and Adare in 2026, the years running up to the Ryder Cup and for a long time after the last ball is putted in the competition.

“With a television audience of close to a billion people, the Ryder Cup gives Limerick and Ireland a platform to showcase what is great about our county and country, and an opportunity for us to show the world the unique tourism offerings of the mid-west of Ireland.”

Minister O’Donovan added, “The Ryder Cup in Adare will be a huge occasion for Irish golf, Irish tourism and Irish sport. It will be a special honour for the people of Limerick and Munster, a county and province steeped in sporting culture, to host this great event, and I can assure the hundreds of thousands of visitors from more than 90 countries who will be in attendance, a huge céad míle fáilte in 2026.”

Paying tribute to the McManus family for securing the prestigious event for Limerick, Minister O’Donovan confirmed that the Government will support the huge undertaking of hosting the Ryder Cup.

“It is a testimony to the golf course at the Adare Manor and the hard work of the organising committee, that Adare was successful is seeing off competition from other courses all over Europe, to secure this highly regarded competition,” added the Minister of State from Limerick.

“The Ryder Cup will attract more than a quarter of a million of visitors to Adare during the event, surpassing the numbers that attended the British Open in Portrush last week. It is important therefor that we prepare for the expected crowds well in advance of 2026. I am delighted that the Government is offering its support, and look forward to providing whatever assistance I can over the coming weeks, months and years to ensure that Ryder Cup held in Limerick is on par with previous competitions all over Europe and the USA.”

O’Donovan welcomes appointment of engineers for upgrade of Newcastle West Garda Station

Added July 17th, 2019

Limerick TD and Minister of State, Patrick O’Donovan has said he believes that the appointment of D Fallon Consulting Engineers is another important step forward in the delivery of a new Garda Station in Newcastle West.

Minister O’Donovan was speaking after meeting Minister Kevin Boxer Moran in Croom.

“Minister Moran committed to us when he visited Newcastle West and saw the condition of the Station that he would progress the project. He told me together with representatives of the Gardai that he would advance the project and provide regular updates on progress and he is doing that.

“At each one of the regular meetings that we have had to discuss several projects in Limerick, Newcastle West Garda Station is always on the agenda.

“The appointment of D Fallon Consulting Engineers is another important step in the process to deliver this project. I will continue to work with Minister Moran to push this forward.

€1.75 Million Investment in Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum to benefit Tourism in Foynes and Limerick – Minister Patrick O’Donovan

Added July 2nd, 2019

Minster of State at the Department of Finance and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Patrick O’Donovan has announced a €1.75 million capital investment for the Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum, which will pave the way for an extension to the popular tourist attraction.

Minister O’Donovan said, “This funding of €1.75 million from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under Project 2040 shows the Government’s ongoing commitment to preserving and promoting our heritage while supporting Limerick’s tourism industry.

“The Flying Boat and Maritime Museum, along with the many other aspects of Foynes including its shops and the port, have become a huge attraction to visitors traveling the Wild Atlantic Way. It has also become a necessary stop off on the Shannon Estuary Way for day trippers and international visitors alike.”

“This €1.75 million investment will not only allow for the museum to expand to cater for its growing number of visitors, it will also provide a home to display the prized possessions and memorabilia of Hollywood legend and former patron of the museum – Maureen O’Hara,” added the County Limerick Minister of State.

“It took a lot of time and work to secure this funding and I would like to thank my colleague Minister Josepha Madigan for her support. I would also like to pay tribute to the museum and its management for their determination and dedication to making the Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum a major tourist attraction in Limerick.”

This funding comes just one week after €128,000 was allocated towards Coastal and Flood Protection Works that will protect Foynes Yacht Club from erosion.

“Foynes continues to be among the most popular tourist attractions in Limerick for both national and international visitors. Investing in Foynes and protecting it from further flooding is therefore economically beneficial not just to the village but the surrounding area,” said Minister O’Donovan.

“I believe that the best way to achieve flood prevention is for all state agencies responsible for Foynes to continue to work together. I was happy to facilitate the first meeting of all of these bodies with members of the community, and this has already resulted in a cohesive approach to water infrastructure maintenance.”

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