Dublin tourism trail to get €620k funding

Christ Church Cathedral.

€620,000 is to be spent on developing a number of tourist attractions in Dublin, which are aimed at international visitors.

The restoration of the first Catholic Bell to ring in Dublin in breach of the Penal Laws, at Smock Alley, is among five projects to benefit.

The others are St Werburgh's Church, Dublinia, Christ Church Cathedral and Tailor's Hall.

The projects are part of "Dubline", a proposed heritage trail which will run across the city from East to West along a route from College Green to Kilmainham.

Details of Individual Projects

St. Werburgh’s Church - €200,000

The project will see enhanced accessibility for visitors to St Werburgh’s Church. The aim is to convey to the visitor its 900 years of history and its association with Dublin Castle and with major historical events of the city as well as some of Dublin’s renowned names such as the Guinness family and Jonathan Swift.

Dublinia €184,000

The project will improve branding, signage, visitor access and comfort. Visual displays en route to St Michael’s Viewing Tower will be enhanced, and a new exhibition will be developed on the end of the Viking era including the Battle of Clontarf. The existing Viking legacy exhibition will also be redesigned and relocated.

Christ Church Cathedral - €188,500

The project will improve the landscape around the Cathedral grounds by creating a multiuse space in the heart of the city, designed specifically to welcome more visitor numbers.

Tailor’s Hall - €29,040

The project will animate a vital site on a key part of the Dubline adjacent to the Dublinia Visitor attraction and Christ Church Cathedral. The proposed development includes a new garden, information panels, film projection and night-time lighting of the exterior.

Smock Alley - €17,814

The project will see the reinstatement of the lanterns outside the theatre, the repair of the bell (first Catholic bell to ring in Dublin in nearly 300 years breaching the penal laws) and provide secure exhibition space for the artefacts found on the site which are currently housed in the National Museum.

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