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Malin Head is ‘must visit’ site on WAW 10.05.19

THE official launch of the €400K Phase II works at Malin Head, by Cathaoirleach of Inishowen Municipal District Cllr. Martin Farren, took place on Wednesday afternoon. Cllr. Farren described the investment to date as an essential step in the creation of a top class visitor experience at Ireland’s most northerly point which is now considered a signature discovery point or a ‘must visit’ site on the world renowned Wild Atlantic Way.
Visitor numbers to Malin Head have grown substantially in the last number of years with an estimated 172,000 visitors in 2018 thanks to a number of factors including its position as either the starting or finishing point on the Wild Atlantic Way, the filming of Star Wars and the hosting of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at nearby Ballyliffin Golf Club.
Pictured at the new visitor toilet facilities at Malin Head on Wednesday are Cllr. Martin Farren, Cathaoirleach of Inishowen MD with Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Cllr. Bernard McGuinness, Cllr. Martin McDermott, Cllr. Albert Doherty, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Council, Joan Crawford, Failte Ireland, Liam Ward, Donegal County Council, Joe Diver, Malin Head Community Development Association, Geraldine Diver, Malin Head Community Development Association, Catriona Doherty, Malin Head Community Development Association, Jim Mullin, Malin Head Community Development Association, Aideen Doherty, Donegal County Council, Fiona Doherty, Donegal County Council, Shaun Murphy, Donegal County Council and James Kelly, Donegal County Council and representatives from Keys and Monaghan Architects and Cooney Architects.
To facilitate this rise in visitor numbers to this iconic site essential services have been put in place to help capitalise on the visitor experience. These works included road widening to accommodate passing bays, drainage improvements, surfacing of 600m of road, extending existing car park facilities and construction of toilet facilities adjacent to the lower car park.
The development also included the provision of services and utilities including water, electricity and telecoms to the site and these services will also be vital for future development at Malin Head.
“The completion of this phase of works, which represents a substantial investment by both Failte Ireland and Donegal County Council, is an important milestone in our journey at Malin Head” said Cllr. Farren speaking at the official launch on Wednesday afternoon.
“We are now embarking on the next part of this journey with the preparation of a Visitor Management Plan for Malin Head that will set out a framework on how to build on the unique heritage and culture of the area whilst leveraging its position as the most northerly signature discovery point on the Wild Atlantic Way and I am delighted to see the strong collaborative approach between all stakeholders including the local community in developing this plan.”

Public consultation workshops for the Malin Head Visitor Management Plan are set to continue next week from 6.45pm – 9pm as follows: 
• Tuesday 14th May: The Station Room, Public Services Centre, Carndonagh 
• Wednesday 15th May: St Patrick’s Parochial Hall, Malin Village
Booking is recommended and you can book your place by email to MalinHeadSDP@gmail.com or book online .
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