The development of the Sean MacDiaramada homestead in Kiltyclogher along with a number of other local issues were to the fore last Friday when Fine Gael TD for Sligo-Leitrim, Tony McLoughlin, facilitated a meeting in his Constituency Office, between Minister for State Simon Harris, and representatives of the Séan MacDiarmada Homestead, including Leitrim County Councillor Sean McDermott.
Minister Harris, who has special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW), was keen to meet with the delegation from Kiltyclogher, during an official visit to Co. Sligo, as he has received several representations on the issue over the past number of months.
During the informative meeting, Deputy McLoughlin expressed his concern, about the fact that any potential developments for the homestead needed to occur this year, given the fact that the centenary celebrations were only around the corner. “This is vitally important for this centre” he stated.
At the end of the discussions, commitments were given by Minister Harris that the OPW would provide the homestead with new interpretative and visual equipment which would help to boost visitor numbers and that training would be provided for the marketing of the tourist site on the internet. It was also agreed that training for new community tour guides, which will be from the local community, would be provided by the OPW subject to funding being made available in other Departments, and the right candidates being identified.