Mr Michael Ring TD, the Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development today (Wednesday 6th November) announced funding under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund 2019.
Waterford City and County Council and Fáilte Ireland, as joint funding partners, were successful in the application for funding of €3,726,000 for the development of Mount Congreve house and gardens.
The funding of €3,726,000 will ensure Mount Congreve is a world class tourism destination with an enhanced visitor experience. The funding will allow for the redevelopment and restoration of the Mount Congreve Estate and will provide enhanced visitor amenities including repair of the historic greenhouse, improved access to grounds and pathways and provision of family friendly facilities.
The Mayor of the City and County of Waterford, Cllr. John Pratt said “This funding is particularly welcome and I am delighted to be in a position to develop Mount Congreve as a world class tourism destination for now and for future generations.”
The Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, part of Project Ireland 2040, commits a fund of €1 billion which will provide for investment in towns and villages, enhancing sustainable social and economic development, and can demonstrate coordination and integration between the community and public sector.
Notes to Editor – Mount Congreve application detail
To develop a tourism destination which attracts 150,000 visitors annually.
- Enhance the visitor experience to these gardens and planted woodlands which are of international importance.
- Invest in the under developed assets on the Estate to generate additional employment and revenue opportunities as well as increased visitor numbers.
- Ensure the long-term viability of this enormously important visitor attraction.
- The Mount Congreve Estate is situated five miles west of Waterford City on the River Suir and is easily accessible from the N25.
- The 46km Waterford Greenway passes along the boundary of the Mount Congreve Estate and there is visitor access.
- The Waterford & Suir Valley Railway travels along the edge of the Mount Congreve Estate.
This project proposes the following:
- Development of the farmyard to incorporate the following facilities: new café; offices and meeting facilities; craft yard; small playground and retail unit.
- Enhancement of the grounds and existing paths to facilitate improved accessibility and increased visitor numbers, along with a woodland playground.
- Repair of the existing historic greenhouse.
- Provision of controlled access to wetland zone, a unique natural ‘garden’.
- Provision of a waste water treatment facility for 150,000 visitors.
- Provision of new car/coach park for up to 200 cars and 5 coaches.
- Total Proposal Cost is €4,968,000.
Project Ireland 2040 – The Rural Regeneration and Development Fund
Project Ireland 2040 is the Government’s overarching policy and planning framework for the social, economic and cultural development of Ireland. It includes a detailed capital investment plan for the next ten years, the National Development Plan (NDP) 2018-2027, and the National Planning Framework which outlines the broader policy principles and priorities in planning for future population and economic growth to 2040.