Tourism boosts revenue at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, according to its latest financial results.
Kylemore Abbey has been home to the Benedictine nuns since 1920, and is Connemara's main tourist attraction with 330,000 people visiting last year.
The accounts show an excess of income over expenditure of €722,652, which is slightly down on last year's profit of €823,856 due to extensive maintenance costs in preserving the manor house and gardens as well as investments in the visitor experience. The income is primarily driven by revenues from the large number of tourists visiting the castle and its scenic gardens.
A new visitor experience will open on St Patrick's Day next year. It will include a new entrance to the Abbey, a creative retelling of the Kylemore Abbey Story, additional rooms opened to the public, improved access, multi lingual interpretation and general improvements in all public areas.
John Madden, Kylemore Trust spokesperson, said the profits from 2017 are to be reinvested in conservation and restoration works. "The strong financial position can only allow us to continue our maintenance and restoration works to the Abbey and its historic gardens, as well as investing heavily in improving our visitors' experience. This work on the Castle building is essential to ensure the long-term viability of Kylemore Abbey as the main source of income for the Benedictine community and its mission at one of Ireland's leading tourist destinations.''