Visiting Killarney, Minister Malcolm Noonan TD, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, along with Niall O’Donnchú, Director General of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the Trustees of Muckross House, announced the commencement of works to upgrade the carpark at Muckross House and Gardens in Killarney National Park.
This is a significant project involving upgrading of the existing car park, extension of the existing bus parking area and the upgrade of the overflow car park. Furthermore, a new surface water drainage system is to be installed to serve the entire car parking area. These works will allow for the current and expected increase in visitor numbers to the wonderful surrounds of Killarney National Park, and to Muckross House and Gardens in particular.
Announcing the commencement of works, today, the Minister said
‘This project has been long in the planning and I am delighted to see works getting underway now. Muckross House, along with the Gardens and Farm, is a hugely popular tourist attraction, recently winning a Best of Kerry Award 2022. The house is a focal point within the surrounds of the wonderful Killarney National Park and to ensure the ongoing safety of the large number of visitors every year this project is essential.’
Following the signing of the contracts by the Director General of the NPWS and the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Muckross House, the works are commencing this week and will continue on a phased basis until June 2023.
The Chairman of the Board, Donal Hickey welcomed the works saying
‘We have worked closely with the NPWS over a long period to ensure a strong, sustainable project plan was in place to progress these essential works to upgrade the car park and the bus parking area. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused by the works but I can assure our visitors we will make every effort to ensure minimal disruption to public traffic, and we will endeavour to keep the House and Gardens open to the extent possible throughout the works’
The Killarney Chamber of Commerce are also very supportive of the works, Niall Kelleher, President of the Chamber commented today.
“This is exceptionally welcome news and, when the works are complete, it will greatly enhance the visitor experience in Killarney. Muckross House and Gardens is very much the jewel in the crown of Kerry tourism and it’s vital that we present our most precious asset in the best possible manner.
Chamber commends the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Trustees of Muckross House for advancing this very significant and important project and we thank the Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, TD, who has been a true friend to Killarney during his term in office”.