Malahide Castle & Gardens Ltd is a company which was set up to operate, market and maintain Malahide Castle and the adjoining Talbot Botanical Gardens as a tourist attraction on terms agreed with Fingal County Council. The company is currently overseeing the redevelopment works in the demesne, which are now nearing completion. Thereafter the company will have a role in the ongoing management of the attractions.
Fingal County Council was set up in 1994 as the Local Authority for North and North West Dublin serving a population of approximately 273,000 people and the urban centres of Greater Blanchardstown, Swords and the towns and areas of Balbriggan, Skerries, Rush, Lusk, Donabate, Portrane, Malahide, Portmarnock, Howth, Sutton and Baldoyle, part of Santry and the rural villages and hinterland of North County Dublin.
Fingal has 24 elected Councillors, a staff of approximately 1,400, and an Annual Revenue Budget in the region of €220m. Fingal County Council owns and manages thousands of hectares of public open space across the County along with a number of important historic heritage properties including Skerries Mills, Ardgillan Demesne, Malahide Demesne, Newbridge House,SwordsCastle, St. Catherine’s Park Lucan and Santry Demesne
Shannon Heritage was one of the first companies in Ireland to develop and run heritage attractions and Medieval Castle entertainments. The portfolio of attractions started in 1963 with Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet which was originally developed as a destination magnet to keep visitors in the Shannon region, Shannon Heritage has since grown to become a market leader in the tourism industry both at home and abroad.
Since 1963, Shannon Heritage’s portfolio has developed hugely from that one product, Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet, to now include 7 day visitor experiences and 4 evening entertainments, all of which attract vast audiences from all over the world.
Experience an enchanting evening of good food and entertainment at one of the three medieval Castle Banquets – Bunratty Castle, Knappogue Castle, or Dunguaire Castle. If it’s traditional Irish entertainment with delicious home cooked food you’re looking for, you’ll enjoy none better than our Traditional Irish Night at the Corn Barn at Bunratty Folk Park. Nowhere else can you experience the fun of what the Irish do best – Enjoy themselves…….!
The day visitor attractions include the world famous Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, King John’s Castle, Craggaunowen –The Living Past Experience, Knappogue Castle & Walled Garden, Dunguaire Castle, Lough Gur Stone Age Centre and Brian Boru Heritage Centre, Killaloe.
Our attractions are not only popular with tourists, but are also extremely popular with school groups, families, senior excursions, incentive and corporate groups, social clubs and community groups. Our event days, bringing traditional Irish customs alive, attract vast Irish audiences.
All of the expertise gained over the years is brought to bear to ensure that all visitors have a fun, value-for-money experience. Shannon Heritage is a wholly owned commercial subsidiary of Shannon Development.
Head Office: Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Bunratty, Co. Clare Ireland
Tel +353 (0)61 711200, Fax: Admin +353 (0)61 472523 Reservations & Sales +353 (0)61 361020
Registered in Ireland No. 115397. Shannon Heritage is the trading name for Shannon Castle Banquets & Heritage Ltd
The Directors are:
W. Loughnane (Chairperson)
Chief Executive Officer: J. Ruddle, Co. Secretary: K. Macnamara