A major tourism and amenity attraction featuring a "living model" of a Norman village is to be developed at the site of Granard Motte, a national monument on the outskirts of Granard in Co Longford. 

The project will develop a heritage park on 15 acres of land at a cost of €2.8 million and the designs of the new centre will be unveiled tomorrow by Fáilte Ireland.

The village and park will be built adjacent to the Knights & Conquests Heritage Centre which opened in Granard last September.

The project is the brainchild of Granard Motte Community Enterprise - a local group of volunteers.

The day-to-day running of the centre will be carried out by a general manager and a team of tour guide volunteers with the support of Longford County Council.

The Norman village will be located near the site of Ireland's highest Norman Motte, at 163m above sea level, built in 1199.

The Knights & Conquests Heritage Centre is adjacent to this site and tells the story of the Norman invasion of Ireland. 

The project only came to fruition after the site was bought as part of a huge community effort.