Wednesday, 29th June 2011
Pictured following a tour of the magnificent Bishop's Palace Collette Byrne (Director, Waterford City Council), Cllr. Sean Reinhardt, Cllr. Jim Darcy, Cllr. Gary Wyse, Mayor of Waterford City Cllr. Mary Roche, Cllr. Dick Roche, Cllr. Davy Walsh, Cllr. John Cummins and Eamonn McEneaney (Director of Waterford Treasures).
On Wednesday 22nd June, the Bishop's Palace Museum in Waterford City was officially opened by Dr Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. The official opening took place following the €2.7m restoration and refurbishment of this prestigious historical building for which Healy Kelly Turner & Townsend acted a Cost Manager.
The Bishop's Palace Museum is at the heart of the regenerated ‘Viking Triangle' tourist hub of historical Waterford City. Waterford City Council, in conjunction with Bord Fáilte, are developing a number of initiatives in the area including the Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre & Workshops, Medieval Museum and the infamous Reginald's Tower dated 1200AD. The Bishop's Palace Museum, which once housed the City's Religious Hierarchy, stands tall over the main thoroughfare of ‘The Mall'.
The Bishop's Palace Museum also features two exciting garden areas, one has formal and structured planting, the other has a fluid and contemporary design which will attract many visitors to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Both gardens were concepts of high profile Irish gardener Diarmuid Gavin who recently received the Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show 2011.
The opening was attended by many dignitaries including the Mayor of Waterford Cllr Mary Roche and Dr. Pat Wallace, Director of the National Museums of Ireland.
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