New funding to transform outdoor dining in Kilkenny city-centre
Just under €650,000 has been allocated to transform a popular city-centre area into a new outdoor dining facility.
The funding for the Market Yard in the city is part of a new Fáilte Ireland €9 million fund for 38 chosen locations around the country.
A further €61,000 from the fund has been allocated to the Main Street in Borris, while Tullow Street Upper in Carlow has received €133,357.
Announcing the funding, Tourism Minister Catherine Martin said: “I am pleased to announce the locations of 38 new outdoor dining facilities to be developed around Ireland.
“The aim of this Scheme is to support tourism and hospitality jobs and help businesses develop new ways of catering for domestic and international tourists outdoors.
“Access to outdoor dining facilities will continue to be a key part of industry recovery as we look forward to 2022 and beyond. This scheme further strengthens the Government’s deep commitment to develop tourism and necessary infrastructure nationwide.”
Fáilte Ireland CEO Paul Kelly added: “Outdoor dining and hospitality will now be a permanent feature of our hospitality offering and businesses need to be supported to facilitate this for longer periods throughout the year.
“We have learned during Covid-19 that people want the option of dining outdoors; this scheme will make dining areas suitable in a wider range of weather conditions so that they can be used for longer periods of the year, helping businesses towards sustainable recovery.”