Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

£500,000 boost for tourism in Armagh

Tourism in Ireland’s ecclesiastical capital was given a boost yesterday as finance Minister Arlene Foster announced funding of £500,000 for the St Patrick-themed signature project in Armagh.

Three initiatives in the cathedral city will be given funding through the Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s (NITB) tourism development scheme

The minister said: “Visitors travel from all over the world to learn about Christian heritage and it is therefore important that we work to improve visitor attractions.

“The NITB signature projects were identified for their potential to stand out internationally and the Christian Heritage of St Patrick has the potential to attract many visitors to the Armagh/Down area.”

The NITB tourism development scheme is contributing £195,000 towards work on Dawson Street and Cathedral Road, the walking trail between the city’s two cathedrals.

Armagh County Museum will receive £125,000 for improvements and new displays on St Patrick.

The scheme is also contributing £181,459 to restoration of the Registry, an 18th century building which stored records for the cathedral and Armagh Diocese.