Ambitious    plans    to    turn    Hazelwood    House    into    a    200,000    a    year    visitor attraction   have   been   revealed   by   the   estate's   new   owners   in   a   meeting   with the   Minister   for   Arts   and   Heritage,   Heather   Humphreys.   Ambitious   plans   to turn   Hazelwood   House   into   a   200,000   a   year   visitor   attraction   have   been revealed   by   the   estate's   new   owners   in   a   meeting   with   the   Minister   for   Arts and Heritage, Heather Humphreys.
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Sligo mansion to be transformed into tourist destination Software developer’s pledge to restore Hazlewood House is welcomed by heritage society  - The Irish Times
    The    gathering    last    week    in    Leinster    House    was facilitated   by   Deputy   Tony   McLoughlin   fAlso   present were   her   departmental   officials   and   representatives   of the   Hazelwood   House   Estate   and   the   new   Lough   Gill Distillery.     The     meeting     offered     Hazelwood's     new owners,   David   and   Sue   Raethorne   the   opportunity   to brief     the     Minister     with     responsibility     for     national heritage     affairs,     about     their     plans     to     build     a contemporary   whiskey   and   tourism   business   on   the estate   of   the   old   house   which   was   built   in   the   1720s, and   also   to   exhibit   their   ambitious   plans   to   develop   the   estate   into   a   major   national tourist attraction, with Hazelwood House being the centre of their proposals. Key   to   their   overall   plans   for   the   estate   is   the   development   of   a   new   whiskey   distillery business,   which   will   have   the   biggest   whiskey   pot   stills   in   Europe   on   public   display. This new   whiskey   business   will   be   developed   in   the   large   unused   former   Saehan   factory, located   on   the   estate. The   factory   building   will   undergo   a   makeover   as   they   seek   to   use both   mirrored   and   water   walls   designs,   in   order   to   enhance   the   look   of   the   building   and to   promote   the   feeling   of   being   surrounded   by   nature   and   the   natural   environment whilst visiting the scenic location. The   building,   when   completed   will   play   host   to   an   international   whiskey   production facility,   a   whiskey   visitors'   experience   tour,   restaurants,   outdoor   adventure   activities,   a water   taxi   to   take   people   from   Sligo   town   to   the   estate   and   back,   large   spaces   for contemporary   art   displays,   as   well   as   possibly   one   day   holding   exhibitions   on   local topics such as the Spanish Armada and W.B. Yeats. Deputy   McLoughlin   said:"Minister   Humphreys   was   very   impressed   with   scale   and   the audacity   of   the   proposed   development,   and   the   fact   that   Hazelwood   House   was   set   to be   restored   once   again   to   its   former   glory."   She   also   stated   to   the   Raethornes,   her admiration   for   their   reasoning   and   she   wished   them   every   success.   Deputy   McLoughlin added:   "I   firmly   believe   that   this   proposed   development   at   Hazelwood,   will   ultimately lead   to   a   large   boost   in   the   number   of   tourist   visiting   Sligo   over   the   coming   years   and   its close   proximity   to   the   Wild   Atlantic   Way   route   offers   even   greater   opportunities   for   the estate. "After   speaking   with   the   new   owners   on   a   number   of   occasions   over   the   last   few months,   I   can   confidently   state   that   they   are   very   determined   people.   For   example,   I   am aware   that   their   vision   is   that   by   2023,   Hazelwood   will   be   attracting   200,000   visitors   to Sligo   per   annum.   "This   is   a   very   exciting   prospect   for   the   people   of   County   Sligo   and   I am looking forward to this figure becoming a reality," said Deputy McLoughlin. The   factory   was   built   in   1969,   by   the   Italian   firm   Snia   to   manufacture   nylon   yarn.   Later   it changed   to   Saehan   Media,   a   South   Korean   manufacturer   of   VHS   video   tapes.   In   more recent   times,   it   was   acquired   by   a   local   consortium,   Foresthaze   Development,   which sought in 2007 to demolish the factory and build housing. Last   Saturday,   Hazelwood   Estate   re-opened   its   gates   with   a   private   party   to   celebrate the   opening   of   'MAGNETISM',   a   major   contemporary   exhibition   that   has   taken   over seven rooms of the enormous disused factory on the site. There    was    live    music    from    Loose    Chippings,    DJ    Sets    from    David    Kitt    and    Donal Dineen,   an   open   bar   by   Mary   LaScary   and   food   from   NY   Jung   and   The   Glasshouse. The   exhibition   will   remain   in   place   until   September.   There   is   an   admission   charge   of €2.50   with   concession   of   €2.00   and   free   for   children   under   12   years.   Also,   it   is   free   on the   first   Tuesday   of   the   month,to   people   living   in   County   Sligo   and   the   opening   hours are from 12 noon to 7pm, from Tuesday to Sunday, and closed Mondays. Sligo Champion
Luke Henderson |   June 25, 2015  The   Hazelwood   Estate   is   set   to   become   a   major   tourist   attraction   following   the   announcement   of ambitious plans for the historic site by it’s new owners.Haelwood House (200x113) David   and   Sue   Raethorne   outlined   their   vision   during   a   meeting,   facilitated   by   local   TD   Tony McLoughlin   at   Leinster   House   where   they   briefed   Minister   for Arts,   Heritage   and   the   Gaeltacht,   Heather Humphreys   T.D.   and   department   officials,   with   a   restored   Hazelwood   House   taking   it’s   pride   of   place   as the centrepiece of the project. Among   the   proposed   plans   is   the   establishment   of   a   whiskey   distillery   business   which   would   be developed in the old Snia/Saehan factory behind the house. The   building   will   also   feature   a   whiskey   visitors   experience   tour,   a   Michelin   starred   restaurant and   number   of   different   cafés   when   it   opens   to   the   public.   Outdoor   activities   are   also   being   planned   as well    as    a    water    taxi    service    which    will    take    visitors    between    the    estate    and    Sligo   Town.    Deputy McLoughlin   has   described   the   meeting   as   a   success   and   that   the   proposals   have   been   warmly   recieved by   Minister   Humphreys.   “Minister   Humphreys   was   very   impressed   with   scale   and   the   audacity   of   the proposed   development,   and   the   fact   that   Hazelwood   House   was   set   to   be   restored   once   again   to   its former glory,” he said. “After   speaking   with   the   new   owners   on   a   number   of   occasions   over   the   last   few   months,   I   can confidently   state   that   they   are   very   determined   people.   For   example,   I   am   aware   that   their   vision   is   that by   2023,   Hazelwood   will   be   attracting   200,000   visitors   to   Sligo   per   annum.   This   is   a   very   exciting prospect for the people of Co. Sligo and I am looking forward to this figure becoming a reality.”
Luke Henderson |   June 25, 2015  A   new   chapter   of   reclamation   will   unfold   for   Hazelwood   Estate   this   Sunday   with   the launch   of   a   large-scale   visual   art   exhibition   in   the   old   Saehan   factory.   The   exhibit,   called ‘Magnetism’,   will   take   over   seven   rooms   of   the   site   where   the   larger   than   life   pieces   of   art   will be   displayed,   including   works   by   Ireland’s   Garrett   Phelan   and   internationally   acclaimed   names such   as   Lucy   Andrews,   Mikala   Dwyer,   Igor   Grubic,   Siobhan   Hapaska,   Aleksandra   Mir   and Laura Morrison. Key   works   include   Mir’s   Plane   Landing   (2003-ongoing)   a   purpose-designed   helium balloon   in   the   shape   and   size   of   a   passenger   jet   plane,   Hapaska’s   Downfall   (2009)   which consists   of   eleven   olive   trees   that   hang   horizontally   in   space   and   continuously   shake. The   show also     features     a     programme     of     VHS     based     artworks     entitled     REWIND     FASTFORWARD selected with an international team of researcher/curators. ‘Magnetism’   is   an   important   first   step   in   reopening   the   gates   of   the   estate,   particularly during   the   150th   anniversary   of   the   birth   of   W.B.   Yeats   who   had   strong   associations   with Hazelwood. “It   is   a   wonderful   place   full   of   treasures   of   the   past   and   we   want   to   open   the   doors   again   for the   public   to   enjoy.   We   are   delighted   to   be   doing   this   for   the   first   time   with   Magnetism”   said Sue   Raethorne,   who   owns   the   estate   with   her   husband,   David.   “The   old   Snia/Saehan   factory was   viewed   by   many   as   a   blot   on   the   landscape   of   this   beautiful   Estate,   however   it   has   its   own unique   majesty.   A   huge   industrial   space,   it   will   be   one   of   the   largest   indoor   spaces,   if   not   the largest,   that   visual   art   has   been   exhibited   in   Ireland   and   we   want   to   harness   that,   to   really   make use   of   the   dimensions   and   capacity   available   to   us   and   create   new   memories   for   the   visitor   on the Estate.” ‘Magnetism’   at   Hazelwood   Estate   opens   to   the   public   on   Sunday,   June   28   and   runs until   Sunday,   September   27.   It   is   open   from   12   noon-7pm,   Tuesdays   to   Sundays   (Closed Mondays).   Admission   is   €2.50   per   adult,   €2   for   Seniors   and   Students   in   full   time   education. Children   under   12   are   free   of   charge.   Free   admission   for   Sligo   residents   on   the   first Tuesday   of every   month   who   bring   something   with   you   that   has   your   name   and   address   on   it   for   proof   of residence.
Departmental officials and representatives of the Hazelwood House Estate and the new Lough Gill Distillery.
Art exhibition to launch famous estate                 re-opening
The   first   step   in   re-opening   the   estate   takes   place   this   weekend   with   the official   launch   of   contemporary   art   exhibition   ‘Magnetism’,   which   runs until September. It   is   anticipated   that   this   will   be   the   first   of   many   displays   hosted by   the   estate,   with   special   exhibits   on   topics   of   local   interest   such   as   the Spanish Armada and W.B. Yeats also in the pipeline.
Major tourism plans outlined for Hazelwood Estate
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