The redevelopment of an Armagh estate is set to boost tourism in the area and breate around 80 new jobs in the area.
Jaramas Investments NI is the firm behind the plans for the multi-million pound development of a luxury hotel and spa at Killeavy Castle Estate.
The project will involve the restoration of the Grade A listed Killeavy Castle for use as a Guest House and meeting venue; the development of a courtyard of Grade B listed outbuildings into a 40 bedroom boutique hotel and spa; and the construction of a permanent marquee as a special events suite, adjacent to the Castle which will provide the frontage to this space.
The former walled garden will also be restored and nature treks and walks will also be developed to align with the attractions of the adjacent Slieve Gullion Forest Park.
The project is beinfg backed to the tune of £983,000 by Invest NI whose cheif executive Alastair Hamilton recently visited the project.
“This is an exciting investment in South Armagh which will provide a valuable boost to the tourism infrastructure in the region,” he said.
“Invest NI’s support is enabling Jaramas Investments to build and restore listed buildings into an attractive destination for visitors worldwide.
“The development of Killeavy Castle, Hotel and Wellness Centre is expected to create over 80 new jobs in the Newry, Mourne & Down District Council area, in addition to the employment generated during the construction phase.
“The economic benefits of this project also extend to the local supply chain which stands to benefit from the purchasing of consumables once the hotel and spa is operational in 2018.”
Jaramas director Mick Boyle said: “We want to create a distinct visitor attraction that maximises the heritage and beauty of the Killeavy Castle Estate and makes a positive contribution to the local community.
“Support from Invest NI and Newry, Mourne and Down District will make a vital contribution in enabling us to undertake the extensive building and restoration works.”