Investment sought for Bunratty site

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

TOURISM body Shannon Development has announced it is seeking investors for a major visitor attraction in Bunratty.

TOURISM body Shannon Development has announced it is seeking investors for a major visitor attraction in Bunratty.

The Co Clare village is already a major tourist hotspot, with people coming from all round the world to see Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.

The site has 400,000 visitors annually, and an estimated €20m spin-off in revenue.

Now, Shannon Development want investors for a 120-acre site adjacent to this. A number of suitable projects have already been identified, including a diaspora visitor centre, and a genealogy centre, or a themed family adventure park.

The group’s chief executive Dr Vincent Cunnane said: “We want to see a new generation of project ideas which will continue to enhance Bunratty and the Shannon Region’s reputation as an international visitor destination. This project forms part of our overall tourism product development strategy which this year will see work start on a €5.7 million re-development of King John’s Castle in Limerick.”

This plan by Shannon Development - codenamed the Bunratty landbank initiative - was launched in the United States last week as part of an overall investment campaign for the Bunratty project, and other regional tourism initiatives.

Interested parties can make a submission around the Bunratty Landbank site as part of a two stage tendering process. Full details are available on the e-tenders website http://www.etenders.gov.ie/search/show/search_view.aspx?ID=SEP266719.

The closing date is March 30, 2012.