Major Boost for Lafcadio Hearn Gardens in Tramore
The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens in Tramore are set to receive a major boost with the addition of an audio visual interpretation centre which will be designed to welcome visitors in several languages.
The Gardens which are located on Pond Street are open to visitors from 11.00am to 4.00pm daily from January to March and 11 ’til 5.00pm from April to September, and have rapidly become one of Tramore’s premier attractions, visited by over seventeen thousand people from up to forty countries last year.
The current lease expires in 2023, but the non-profit overseeing it – the Tramore Development Trust – want to extend it by an extra ten years to help receive funding from Fáilte Ireland.
Waterford Councillors recently unanimously approved the extension.
Fine Gael Councillor Lola O’Sullivan says the grounds have improved greatly since the Tramore Development Trust took over.
“When this was in the ownership of Tramore Town Council, it was derelict,” said Cllr O’Sullivan, “the only way to describe it was drink parties taking place… This is to afford them the opportunity to build on an extra office.”
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