Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin and Government Chief Whip and Minister for the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh will today officially open a new visitor reception centre at Fanad Lighthouse.

Identified as a Signature Discovery Point along the Wild Atlantic Way, the refurbished lighthouse opened to the public in 2015. Alongside funding from the Special EU Programmes Body, Irish Lights, Donegal County Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta, Fáilte Ireland invested €470k in the development of a new visitor centre and car park.

The new reception centre is also home to a permanent exhibition to highlight the stories of Fanad Head.

Donegal TD Joe McHugh said: “Fanad lighthouse is a special place - it really has to be seen to be believed.  In the Donegal Gaeltacht, it is also a beacon for the Irish language, playing a key role in promoting the language, not least by hiring Irish speaking students to work there during the busy summer months. 

"It is a unique place to visit and stay and tourism investment such as this along the Wild Atlantic Way and at the gateway to the Gaeltacht, is exactly the type of initiative that will encourage more and more people to come to Gaeltacht areas and to come to see the hidden gems of Donegal."

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