- - a new audio-visual room, created by Mirador Media, Tramore, offering a narrated video introduction to the gardens and two interactive touch screen information centres;
- - an authentic new Japanese Tea House (Designed by Mike Roberts and built on site by Richard Cowman) where visitors can view a shadow casted image of the centuries old Japanese Tea Ceremony and will be introduced to images of the old Japan that Hearn loved;
- - and a new self-guided audio tour available in five languages, including Japanese to guide the visitor through each of the ten garden areas2.
Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens
The enhancements carried out in 2019 by Mirador Media at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens in Tramore, which are expected to bring in an additional 11,000 visitors a years, take visitors on a journey through the amazing life of writer Patrick Lafcadio Hearn and the magic and mystery of the Orient.
The unique gardens, which have been open to the public since 2015, were designed to tell Hearn’s life story, who was brought up in Ireland and achieved iconic status in Japan where he lived from 1890-1904.
The new interactive experiences significantly enhance the visitor journey with:
“At Fáilte Ireland, we are always looking for opportunities to stimulate the development of brilliant visitor experiences, and the new interactive features at the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens are testament to what can be achieved through investment and innovation.”
Mary Houlihan, Manager, Ireland’s Ancient East at Fáilte Ireland