Wild Atlantic Way

  • Mayo is a county that is blessed with stunning natural beauty and an array of wonderful places to see and visit - and one of those is the truly astounding Ballycroy National Park. One of just six national parks in the country, Ballycroy offers an unspoilt wilderness for hikers and walkers that matches any in Ireland or indeed the world. Located along the Wild Atlantic Way, the 11,000 hectare park really needs to be seen to be appreciated. Midwest Radio recently visited the Visitor's Centre in Ballycroy to find out more about the centre and all that is on offer in the Park with Guide Margaret Flaherty. 

     

  • Funding of €1,150,000 has been announced today for the Céide Fields Visitor Centre in Ballycastle.

    Fáile Ireland will invest €860,000 in the project and this will be coupled with €290,000 funding from the Office of Public Works.

    The grant support, which forms part of Fáilte Ireland’s strategic partnership with the OPW, comes from its Capital Grants budgets and will replace the existing Céide Fields Visitor Centre with a brand new exhibition and interpretation centre.

    The space will replace the current 25-year-old centre and showcase new archaeological material and knowledge about Céide Fields and the surrounding areas.

    It is hoped the investment from Fáilte Ireland into the centre will help to significantly improve the visitor experience and almost treble visitor numbers from 33,148 to 90,000.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring told Midwest News today that this is very welcome funding for the Céide Fields.

     

  • The good news keeps on coming for the world renowned Céide Fields in Mayo. The centre, which celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary this year was awarded the prestigious award, The International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens, earlier in the year. 

    On Monday it was announced that the centre would be receiving over €1million in funding from the Fáilte Ireland and the OPW for upgrading the centre - you can find out more on that here http://bit.ly/2IF403C.

    With all of that happening we thought it would be an ideal time to head down and find out more about one of the jewels in the crown of the West of Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way.

    Check out our video now.

  • It’s three years since a €3 million euro Signature Discovery Point was announced for Keem Bay in Achill, but there’s no sign of the project being delivered.

    That’s according to Achill-based Councillor Paul McNamara who questioned council management on the issue again this week, at the monthly meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District.

    It's the second signature discovery point in Mayo, following developments at Downpatrick.

    The Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Point at Keem Bay would include a viewing platform and looped walk, and is expected to provide a major tourism boost for Achill Island.

    However- despite a public consultation process three years ago – Councillor McNamara claims Mayo County Council has now taken a back seat on this project.