Dungarvan is embracing its rich heritage, natural beauty and extensive food offering to become one of the country’s leading staycation destinations.
Following investment from Waterford City and County Council, Fáilte Ireland and local businesses, Dungarvan is enjoying a bumper year of domestic tourists as we are encouraged to enjoy an ‘outdoor’ summer.
Working in collaboration with local businesses and residents the combined efforts of WCCC’s economic development, planning, roads and presentation teams, have provided locals and tourists with an extensive, quality outdoor dining experience. With almost 1,000 outdoor dining seats available, covered by parasols and protected by planters and screens, visitors have been able to enjoy the culinary delights from the towns many fine restaurants, cafes and pubs, in all weathers.
The planters have been designed and manufactured by a Dungarvan-based Engineering firm and are a bespoke concept developed by the Waterford Council’s Presentation Team. The colour and vibrancy added by the tasteful planting and outdoor seating in Grattan Square, Davitt’s Quay and the Dungarvan Castle Green is bringing a renewed sense of adventure to Dungarvan for the summer season.
Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Kelly said that the addition of the outdoor dining space is a valuable addition to the town. “The development of inviting and attractive spaces where people can dine comfortably outdoors is creating a renewed sense of energy and a boost to local businesses. Not only do locals and visitors have a wide choice of high calibre dining experiences throughout the town, they can enjoy good food and company in a stunning, safe and relaxing public realm.”
Kieran Kehoe, Director of Services with Waterford City and County Council and Dungarvan Town Manager said, “As part of Waterford Council’s continued support to local cafés, restaurants and other food outlets, the planters, parasols and screens which are installed across the town centre and its environs, bring a vibrant energy to the public realms and also open up the space and options for people to enjoy an outdoor dining experience.”
“These areas are providing additional space in order for the businesses to achieve compliance with social distancing requirements and will provide a further attraction to tourists who choose Waterford as their holiday destination. By sharing a common vision, this collaborative project really has given the town a fantastic boost of energy, vibrancy and confidence.”