Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, has given sanction for South West Mayo Development Company Ltd, to approve funding of €200,000 to Croagh Patrick Holiday Village for the construction and development of Croagh Patrick Holiday Hostel, in Murrisk.
Funding will be provided under the Encouragement of Tourism Activities measure of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.
Announcing the funding Minister Hogan said: “This is a significant investment by Croagh Patrick Holiday Village and it is expected that 6 new part-time jobs will initially be created in the Holiday Hostel. Murrisk is a picturesque village near the foot of Croagh Patrick, one of County Mayo’s major tourist attractions.
“I am confident that this new venture will make a valuable contribution to the rural economy of South West Mayo, attracting additional visitors and bringing in more money to the region.
“The LEADER elements of the Programme offer many challenges and opportunities in terms of addressing the needs of improving the quality of life in rural areas and providing greater opportunities for farm diversification.
“It is focused on the development of micro-enterprises, rural services, rural recreation and rural tourism. It is hoped that, by focusing on these services, the Programme will lead to sustainable development, which in turn will ensure prosperity for the rural areas.”
The Minister added “the project will now go back to the Board of South West Mayo Development Company Limited for the final approval on the project. This is in line with the EU’s “bottom-up” approach to rural development”.
Welcoming the news, Michael Ring TD, Minister of State for Tourism & Sport commented: I wish to welcome the announcement which is very good news for the Croagh Patrick Holiday Village, the community and for the surrounding areas”.