A NEW visitor experience has officially opened at the Blasket Islands in Kerry today, following an investment of €2.9million.
The Minister for State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works Patrick O’Donovan and Máire Ní Shúilleabháin Uí Chíobháin, daughter of famed Blasket author Muiris Ó Súilleabháin, today re-opened the iconic Blasket Centre (Ionad an Bhlascaoid) in Dún Chaoin on the Western edge of the Dingle Peninsula.
The investment included a total transformation of the centre's exhibitions to deliver an authentic and imaginative re-telling of the story of the Blasket islands, their heritage and literature which is of national and international significance.
The Blasket Centre is a flagship visitor attraction for Co Kerry and is expected to attract 63,000 visitors to the region by Year 5 of opening, with the flagship experience expected to generate €1.6m for the local economy in that same period.
The investment comes from the Office of Public Works and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, with the centre being designated as a Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Point.
Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin also welcomed the official opening of the centre, saying the "renewed visitor experience at the Blasket Centre is an exciting and imaginative opportunity for visitors to engage with the richness of that culture."