On Tuesday April 14th 2015 The Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe TD, together with Minister of State, Michael Ring TD, officially launched Ireland’s Ancient East, Fáilte Ireland’s latest tourism initiative which aims to follow in the footsteps of the Wild Atlantic Way and encourage overseas tourism to the East and South coasts of Ireland.
From 1176 Carton House was owned by the FitzGeralds, one of the most influential families in Irish History and still stands as one of the great Irish Houses in the East. The rich history and heritage of the property made it the ideal venue to introduce worldwide leaders of tourism to the concept of Irelands Ancient East ahead of the official launch. We were delighted to host the operators as they were taken on a magical tour through 5,000 years of Irish History marked by 4 pillars.
Ancient Ireland - The Dawn of Civilisation (including the prehistoric attractions of the Boyne Valley in Newgrange and sites such as the Brownshill Dolmen in Carlow);
Early Christian Ireland (including sites such as Clonmacnoise, Glendalough, Mellifont abbey, Jerpoint Abbey, St.Canice’s Cathedral and Holycross Abbey)
Medieval Ireland (including Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile, the Viking Quarter in Waterford, Hook Head Lighthouse, Trim Castle and the Rock of Cashel)
Anglo Ireland (including Ireland’s Great Houses and Gardens as well as sites such as the Dunbrody Famine Ship and Wicklow Gaol).
We look forward to supporting this new initiative at Carton House and welcoming many more overseas visitors to the region.