A new website for Waterford Museum of Treasures at The Granary, www.waterfordtreasures.ie, was formally launched last week.
Voted All-Ireland Local Authority Museum of the Year 2009, the Granary tells the 1,000-year-story of the city from Viking times through medieval times to the present, using a superb collection of historic and archaeological artifacts. Since opening in 1999, it has become one of the region’s premier tourist attractions.
The new website was funded and produced by Fáilte Ireland under its web check initiative, Terry Murphy Media and Brightlight.
At the launch, Martin Cullen TD, Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism said a good website with a domain name which is easy to remember was extremely important for disseminating information. The new site, he noted, is well-designed with information that takes into account recent news, important changes and all new exhibition developments.
“The site has plenty of pages with a useful exhibitions section, a facilities section and details about opening hours and how to become a friend of the Museum. The Take a look Around section with the excellent use of photography is very appealing.”
“We should be very proud of our local museum which has won several awards. Having the right content on your website is essential to your success because people need a good reason to visit any website. Offering people within the community and visitors abroad an easy way to access up to date information is a great reason for them to visit and explore your site.”
According to Fáilte Ireland, 67% of visitors use the Internet to plan a holiday and 48% used it to choose a holiday. 80% of overseas holidaymakers to Ireland use the Internet to book or purchase some element of their holiday to Ireland.
In his concluding remarks, the Minister acknowledged the work of Fáilte Ireland and its Chairman Redmond O’Donoghue, Eamonn McEneaney, Director of the Waterford Museum of Treasures; Terry Murphy Media and Brightlight.