Minister Ring visits Muckross House, Killarney for the signing of a service level agreement with Trustees
Mr Michael Ring T.D., Minister of State for Regional Economic Development at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, is in Killarney today for the signing of a service level agreement with the Trustees of Muckross House.
Muckross House and Gardens are situated in Killarney National Park. This is Ireland’s oldest National Park and it includes the world famous Lakes of Killarney, as well as the mountains and woodlands that surround them. Since their foundation in 1965, the Trustees of Muckross House have successfully co-operated with various Government Departments, in a collaborative management model which clearly demonstrates the value of community input in achieving complementary goals and also bringing about local and regional economic benefits.
Prior to his visit, Minister of State Ring said:
“Looking back, the founding members of the Trustees of Muckross House deserve enormous credit for their foresight and initiative at a time when economic development and the promotion of a quality tourist product in this State was at a very modest level indeed. Through their dedication and outstanding efforts, the House first opened to the public on the 14 June 1964. In that first short season, 19,500 visitors passed through its doors, a figure which has increased six-fold in the years since.”
“With the new agreement that we have signed today, I am confident that a framework for the successful continuation and further development of this partnership is in place. This Agreement will ensure the management and preservation of Muckross House to the highest standards and the promotion of Muckross House and its ancillary facilities as a State Heritage facility”. Minister of State Ring concluded.
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