From Gettysburg to the Boyne

The Irish government has formally announced €15m funding for a new visitor centre at the Battle of the Boyne site.

There will be a visitor and exhibition centre, new walkways and a peace garden put in over the next three years, bringing total spending on the project to date to €30m.Talks have also been held with experts from world battle sites like Gettysburg, Waterloo and Flanders.

“We can learn from their experience of developing these sites which, in a sense, stand as monuments to a bloody past that should never be repeated,” said Minister Dermot Ahern.

The site attracted 20,000 visitors last year.