€5m National Famine Museum to be developed at Strokestown Park



The Famine Museum at Strokestown Park is set for a major revamp following Wednesday’s announcement that €3.9 million will be invested into the tourist site.

  The existing Famine Museum will be transformed into a new state-of-the-art National Famine Museum which will tell the complete story of the Great Famine for the first time.

  A new visitor centre and café will also be developed at Strokestown Park.
The Fáilte Ireland investment of €3.9 million in the National Famine Museum comes under its Grants Scheme for Large Tourism Projects 2016-2020.

  The total project cost, including funding from the owners of Strokestown Park House, Westward Holdings Ltd. – in partnership with the Irish Heritage Trust – will be €5.1 million.

  The announcement was made by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, during a visit to the site yesterday (Wednesday).

  He said: “For the first time, Ireland will have a museum dedicated to telling the local, regional and national story of the Great Famine and the immense and devastating impact it had on Ireland.

  “This is not only an important museum for Irish citizens, it will also stand out to overseas visitors looking to immerse themselves in one of the most significant periods of our country’s history”.

  Fáilte Ireland’s Director of Product Development, Orla Carroll, said the investment would bring €13.2 million in additional revenue to the region, adding that it would be a “major draw to the area and will bring significant visitor numbers”.

  Irish Heritage Trust CEO Anne O’Donoghue also welcomed the news.

  “The Irish Heritage Trust is delighted with this opportunity to create a distinctive and engaging experience at the National Famine Museum, while offering a sustainable heritage visitor experience for future generations to enjoy.

  “We would like to thank Fáilte Ireland and our partners Westward Holdings Ltd., Jim Callery and Patrick Kenny for their significant investment and support which enables us to realise this world class heritage tourist attraction of national and international importance,” she said.