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King John’s Castle receives funding of more than €2 million

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King Johns Castle receives funding of more than €2 million fortifying the castle’s status as a Limerick tourism spot

King Johns Castle funding of more than €2 million has been announced for its continued development

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King John’s Castle is a 13th-century castle located on King’s Island in Limerick, Ireland, next to the River Shannon.

The announcement of €2.264 million in Government funding for the continued development of King John’s Castle is being welcomed by the Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell and Limerick City and County Council’s Chief Executive, Dr Pat Daly.

The Council took over the operation of Limerick City’s landmark tourist attraction from Shannon Heritage in April 2022. All business operations and staff transferred to Discover Limerick DAC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Limerick City and County Council.

The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage are supporting the transfer with the provision of the funding which was announced today.


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Mayor Mitchell welcomed the news, “This €2.264 million in Government funding fortifies King John’s Castle and will propel the historic tourist attraction into a new era. Visitor numbers have exceeded 90,000 annually over the past two years and the implementation of a strategic masterplan for the castle and surrounding area will ensure its rich history continues to captivate both locals and visitors alike.”

Limerick City and County Council Chief Executive, Dr Pat Daly commented, “Limerick City and County Council were delighted to take the over operation of King John’s Castle in April 2022. It presented an exciting opportunity to grow this attraction for the benefit of the city and county. This Government funding will help to unlock the Castle’s full potential, preserve its historic legacy and shape its future as a vibrant, premier tourist destination.”

Discover Limerick DAC was established specifically to operate and develop key tourism attractions in Limerick that will strengthen Limerick as a destination and attract increased visitor numbers.

Director of Economic Development and Tourism with responsibility for Discover Limerick DAC, Gordon Daly said, “This funding will allow Discover Limerick DAC to continue its work in enhancing the visitor experience to one of Limerick’s most popular and historic landmarks.  It will also allow the company to proceed with a strategic masterplan for King John’s Castle that will enable the Council to increase the value of the castle as a world-class visitor attraction that delivers cultural and economic benefits for Limerick and the wider Wild Atlantic Way region.”

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