Inistioge will soon have a 44 bay car park following the signing of the lease for the lands required with a total of €165,000 spent already in developing the town and its surrounding areas.
Funding spent in Woodstock House and Gardens will comprise of new signage and the restoration of the Winter Gardens which “will be a fantastic addition to an already unique place”.
It was announced last year that Woodstock Gardens was to benefit from a €200,000 funding boost specifically for Woodstock House, under the 2016 Rural Economic Development Zones (REDZ).
Works began in August of this year and Mayor of Kilkenny City, Michael Doyle, said: “The REDZ scheme funding included the car park works in the village and signage and development of the Winter Gardens in Woodstock.”
The scheme aims to improve links between rural towns and their hinterlands to stimulate activity at local level.
“The funding provided for a new public car park in Inistioge to service the community and the tourists that visit, also developing pathways into the village and connecting to existing river walks and to the green area down at the bridge,” he said.
Mayor Doyle added: “The funding is a massive boost to Inistioge community and to the development of the tourist industry in this beautiful village.
“The village of Inistioge will benefit from a new 44 bay car park which will allow tourists to park and enjoy this famous film village and it's history.
“The car park will also help parking issues at school drop off and collecting times as their has been huge health and safety issues at those times, the provision of a pedestrian crossing will allow parents and children to get to school safely.
“Great credit must go to Rower Inistioge hurling club in providing the ground for developing the car park and to Kilkenny County Council.”