€400,000 in funding has been announced for the John F. Kennedy Trust for the Dunbrody Famine Ship project in New Ross.
New Ross is the ancestral home of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and the John F. Kennedy Trust was founded in 1988 to commemorate his historic legacy. This is done through involvement in community projects that enrich the lives of local people and invigorate the local economy. One significant project is the Dunbrody Famine Ship.
Speaking about the announcement, Minister Michael D’Arcy said: “This is a really important project for New Ross and for the county of Wexford and will benefit the local community and economy. This project is of great historic importance and will be instrumental in making New Ross an even more attractive tourist location. I would also like to commend the hard work of all those involved in making this project a reality.”
Sean Connick, Chief Executive of the John F Kennedy Trust, said: “I am delighted with this announcement. There is huge pressure on the project to maintain and keep the ship in good repair. These funds are specific for this work and will help us address the ongoing maintenance and repairs to this iconic replica famine vessel.”
Walter O’Leary, Chair of the John F Kennedy Trust, said: “On behalf of the Board, we wish to express our sincere thanks to Minister D’Arcy and to Minister Donohoe for the funding which will facilitate the ongoing maintenance of the Dunbrody Famine Ship which attracts 70,000 visitors per year. I would also like to thank Eamonn Hore, New Ross District Director for Wexford County Council, for his continued support.”
Last November, the Wexfordia ‘New Ross Tourism Transformation Project’ was granted over €5.5 million under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. All these projects will add to the cluster of opportunities for New Ross, attracting more tourists to the area as well as the additional spend which comes with this. The €500,000 allocated to New Ross in December under the Failte Ireland ‘Destination Towns’ initiative will also be hugely beneficial.”