Fáilte Ireland has announced funding of €3.9 million euro for a new National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park House in Co Roscommon.
Minister of State for Tourism Brendan Griffin was in Strokestown today to announce the investment.
The existing famine museum at Strokestown Park House will be transformed into a new state-of-the art National Famine Museum, which will tell the story of the Great Famine.
Fáilte Ireland says the redeveloped museum is expected to bring 50,000 more visitors over the next 5 years, which would represent over €13 million in additional revenue to the region.
Strokestown Park House is already home to the largest collection of material relating to the Great Famine, and artefacts and documents from the extensive archive will be showcased throughout the new museum.
A new visitor centre and café will also be developed.
The total cost of the project will be €5.1 million, with Fáilte Ireland investing €3.9 million.
Minister Griffin said that, for the first time, Ireland will have a museum dedicated to telling the local, regional and national story of the Great Famine and its devastating impact on Ireland.
He said this is not only an important museum for Irish citizens, but also for overseas visitors looking to immerse themselves in one of the most significant periods in our country's history.