CLARE is in line for a double tourism boost with the news that the world famous Lisdoonvarna Spa Wells are set to reopen to the public later this month and that country singer Garth Brooks is considering playing an intimate charity gig at the nearby Pavillion Theatre.
The Wells, which have been shut for nearly four years, are set to reopen before the end of March – once the results of a chemical analysis of the famed spa waters are released. Once the water is certified, tourists will once again be allowed to visit the Spa Wells and take the water.
More than 10,000 German tourists already travel to Lisdoonvarna each year, even though the Wells have been effectively closed for a number of years, and this number is likely to swell once the Wells reopen.
The proposed reopening of the famed sulphur baths themselves will require a large investment before it can be realised with Lisdoonvarna Fáilte estimating that €1.3 million would be needed to brings the baths back on line. This figure includes between €20,000 and €30,000 worth of damage sustained during the recent storms.
“The wells are open at the moment and hopefully in a week or two, once the water is tested, we will be able to give it to people again. We will be giving people free samples, we won’t be charging for it,” said Lisdoonvarna Fáilte chairperson, Paddy Dunne.
Meanwhile, Mr Dunne also confirmed yesterday that Lisdoonvarna Fáilte has been in contact with representatives of Garth Brooks, with a view to bringing the US singer down to Lisdoonvarna for a one-off concert.
“There is the possibility of Garth Brooks coming for a private show. We contacted them, and they got back to us looking for more information, so you’d never know. They got back to us last Friday so we will see what happens,” said Paddy.
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