Since the 2008 recession, many heritage properties have been bought cheaply and renovated, creating world-class standard resorts drawing visits from well-heeled travellers from the US and beyond, especially since the country is seen to be relatively safe from terrorism.

While the number of UK visitors has fallen since the Brexit vote, from 40% of inbound travellers to just 10%,  tourism from outside Europe is surging with non-European, non-British travel spend up by more than 20% this year-to-date. Details of the UK’s future relationship and trade terms with the EU post-Brexit are unclear, and the mood amongst Irish resort owners is that it would be safer to get refurbishments done sooner rather than later, since the ability to access services including architects, interior designers and construction firms from the UK isn’t assured beyond March.

The IMF is predicting that for the fourth year running, Ireland is set to have the fastest-growing economy in the EU.

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