CFÁA welcomes Dormant Accounts funding for Achill Experience

Posted in Connect on March 13, 2019.


Comhlacht Forbartha Áitiuíl Acla, which runs the Achill Experience visitor attraction, has been allocated €75,000 to fund a 60 square metre extension granted through the Dormant Accounts Fund in Minister Michael Ring’s department.

Terence Dever, CEO of CFÁA has welcomed the news calling it ‘a testament to the voluntary and community effort of the people of Achill over the last couple of years’. He in particular singled out Minister Ring for his ‘unstinting support of our operation since inception’. Confirming the news recently Minister Ring said:

“I’m delighted that this funding has been allocated for the Achill Experience, which is an excellent visitor attraction. The ongoing expansion and enhancement of Achill Experience will result in visitors spending longer at the attraction and will help attract more people to Achill.” Pat Kilbane, Chairman of CFÁA has confirmed that over 70,000 visitors have enjoyed the Achill Experience since it opened its doors in 2016. He spoke of the ‘vision of the Board for the coming years is to continue to expand the facility, increase visitor dwell time and create moresustainable jobs in the parish’.

Minister Ring continued:

“I’m delighted the attraction has benefitted from support through my department. It currently receives over €89,000 annually through my department’s Community Services Programme to support the employment of a manager and three fulltime equivalents for the attraction. Last year I approved a separate allocation of €89,000 for the facility through my department’s LEADER Programme. This beautiful aquarium and visitor centre really is a feather in the cap of Achill and is the type of attraction that will help establish Achill as a major tourism draw. It is clear that that the board has great ambitions for it.”

The Achill Experience is open for business seven days a week and the team are preparing for what hopefully will be the busiest year yet.

Enquiries can be directed to www.achillexperience.ie or 098 43292.

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