Over 300 jobs will be created in west Cavan in the first five years of a new tourism project at the Shannon Pot.
Tourism Minister Catherine Martin launched Fáilte Ireland's Capital Investment Programme at the site today, and announced €4.5 million for a new visitor centre at the source of the River Shannon.
The new visitor experience will include virtual reality displays to bring the story of the Shannon to life, viewing platforms, and an elevated walk way at the Cavan Burren Park.
As well as bringing domestic and international visitors to what's been described as an "untapped gem", Minister Catherine Martin said it will be a major boost to the local economy.
The announcement has been welcomed by local TDs and councillors as a great day for the region, and a vote of confidence in the locality.
Local Councillor John Paul Feeley says today's announcement is a great one for the wider area:
Grainne O'Connor, the manager at the Cavan Geopark says it's part of the "bottom up approach" in ensuring the local community grows with any projects.
A total of €6.4 million will be spent on the development, with Cavan County Council and Coillte also involved.