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A new state-of-the-art virtual reality experience was unveiled at Kildare Town Heritage Centre today following investment of €156,000 by Fáilte Ireland alongside financial support of €44,000 from Kildare County Council.
The ‘Legends of Kildare’ immersive 3D experience will transport visitors back in time to discover the rich heritage and mythology associated with Kildare.


Single biggest Fáilte Ireland investment for a tourist attraction that will ‘transform the Spanish Arch district of Galway’
Fáilte Ireland has announced its single biggest investment to date in a visitor attraction. The National Tourism Development Authority is injecting €6.64million to develop a new state-of-the-art museum in Galway City.

The existing famine museum at Strokestown Park will be transformed into the new state-of-the-art National Famine Museum which will tell the complete story of the Great Famine for the first time.
The new National Famine Museum will use cutting-edge technology including projections and soundscapes to immerse visitors in the culture and day-to-day life of Ireland in the years before, during and after the Great Famine. This is the largest investment to be made in a visitor attraction in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands over the last 10 years.

“Tales and Trails” New Immersive Podcasts to bring walking trails to life
The Cultural Plaza will take the form of a new all-weather outdoor venue for the town, along with the development of the Garavogue River Trail – a walking and cycling trail from the new plaza along the Garavogue River to Lough Gill.

Here’s just a quick sample of some of the events taking place over the next short while:
Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway 22 – 28 Oct Galway City
Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival -To 03 Nov Athboy Co Meath
Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 24 -28 Oct Cork City
Kenmare Halloween Howl 25 Oct – Nov Kenmare Co Kerry
Straw Boys Storytelling Evenings 25 Oct – 01 Nov Ballina Co Mayo
Achill International Harp Festival 25 – 28 Oct Achill Island -Acaill Co. Mayo
Scarefest 25 -31 Oct Carlow Town Co Carlow
Bram Stoker Festival 25 -28 Oct Dublin City
Púca Festival 31 Oct -02 Nov Drogheda Co Louth
Mayo Dark Sky Festival 01 – 03 Nov Newport Co Mayo
Leaves Festival of Writing and Music 05 – 10 Nov Portlaoise Co Laois
Cork Film Festival 07 -17 Nov Cork City
Allingham Festival06 -10 Nov Ballyshannon Co Donegal
Sneem Intl. Storytelling & Folklore Festival 08 -10 Nov Kenmare Co Kerry
Yulefest Kilkenny 23 Nov – 06 Jan 2020 Kilkenny City
Santa Experience at the GAA Museum, 23 Nov – 23 Dec Croke Park

A Taste of Ireland continues around the country and you are invited to explore the flavours of Ireland this autumn and you will find lots of workshops, food events and festivals all around the country :
www.discover Ireland.ie
Just a reminder that if you need to order some more of the visitor maps that cover your area, please drop a quick email to visitormaps@failteireland.ie
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Lonely Planet declares Galway the fourth best city in the world to visit in 2020

Galway has been named the fourth best city in the world to visit in 2020 by Lonely Planet. The travel media company has unveiled the accolade in the prestigious Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020 – its collection of the world’s hottest trends, destinations and experiences for the coming year.

Tourism Ireland will take every opportunity to maximise this accolade for Galway over the coming weeks and months. Our promotional campaign will roll out in Britain, the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium. A new video, celebrating the news and highlighting Galway, will be shared with our fans and followers around the world.


As part of the Swift Survey, BirdWatch Ireland (BWI) field staff are keen to liaise with Tidy Towns groups in the towns and villages where swifts are located, as community engagement and awareness of swift colonies is key to their long term protection. The Swift Survey and any actions arising from it are very complimentary to meeting the biodiversity actions and targets in the National Tidy Towns competition and the survey data and information can be made available to Tidy Towns groups and included in next year’s Tidy Towns application.Come and join us on Wednesday 10 @ 6 pm on circular road ,where Annie Birtwistle will discuss the Tubbercurrry .Swift’s , look forward to seeing u there, by the way , bring a friend.