Major Funding Injection for Atlantic Attraction


The hsd team have been honoured to work with Galway City Council, developing plans for an iconic new Atlantic Museum destination which has received significant funding from Fáilte Ireland.

United by distinctive tales of Galway’s Atlantic People, Trades, Voyages and Creativity the attraction will feature an immersive experience at Comerford House linking to a viewing platform atop the historic Spanish Arch monument providing visitors with the perfect vantage point over the Corrib River, Claddagh and beyond.  To further enliven the destination, the Galway City Museum will be redeveloped and rebranded as the Atlantic Museum Galway, whilst a remodelled public square will link all components, providing a natural gathering and enlivened events space.

The Fáilte Ireland investment of €6.64million is the organisation’s single biggest investment in a visitor attraction to date, and comes under its Grants Scheme for Large Tourism Projects 2016-2020. The total project cost, including funding from Galway City Council, will be €10.2million.

hsd has worked collaboratively with project partners to produce a compelling interpretative and visitor experience plan which invites visitors to encounter Galway’s unique culture shaped over time by its close proximity to the Atlantic.  Lindsay McGuirk, Project Content Manager highlights the unique aspects of the proposition:

“It’s really exciting to be opening up and breathing live into Comerford House and the Spanish Arch for new generations of Galwegians and visitors to the city]to enjoy as well as revitalising the existing museum displays. hsd has conceptualised an innovative visitor experience for the Atlantic Museum that captures Galway’s story – past, present and future. Our designs blend immersive digital media, curated collections displays and hands-on interactives, to give visitors a real sense of the city’s unique character influenced by its people and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.”

The long term significance of the scheme has been emphasised by Galway Council’s Chief Executive,  Brendan McGrath:

“As Chief Executive of Galway City Council, I’m delighted with the announcement from Fáilte Ireland of their investment into this transformational project at the heart of the Cultural Quarter of Galway, creating a new breed of museum in our city. The Atlantic Museum, Galway will be an internationally recognised destination attraction, part of the legacy from our designation as a European Capital of Culture in 2020, that will generate economic and cultural benefits to the region for years to come.”