Latest News | 9 November 2020

Katapult in high spirits after latest contract win

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Derby-based international themed attraction and experience design company Katapult has been appointed as designers on a new whiskey experience in Ireland.

The Portmagee Whiskey Experience and Seine Boat Visitor Centre, in County Kerry, will celebrate the region’s historical relationships with smugglers, fishermen and other local tales, as well as giving visitors the opportunity to taste its award-winning, triple-distilled whiskey.

The main experience is set to feature a 360-degree immersive cinematic experience, set within a geodesic dome, where guests will be able to experience life on the nearby Atlantic Ocean.

Other interactive elements will showcase village life in Portmagee and how the whiskey is made.

As well as working on the overall concept design and theming of the visitor centre, Katapult will be providing narrative development and executive production throughout the production and installation.

Phil Higgins, chief creative officer at the Ashbourne Road firm, said: “We’re really excited to have started work on this new attraction for Portmagee.

“The combination of the high-tech experiences and fascinating stories, which we’re building into the narrative, will make this a must-visit destination.”

The project is being supported by Ireland’s national tourism development authority, Fáilte Ireland, as part of ‘The Wild Atlantic Way’ initiative to create an international tourism offer across the Western coast of the country.

The first phase of the experience is due to be open next summer.

John Murphy, from Portmagee Whiskey, said: “We’re looking forward to working alongside Katapult and Fáilte Ireland to make this visitor centre a reality.

“We’re passionate about our whiskey and the village that inspired its creation. It will be a proud moment when we open the doors to our new visitor attraction next year.”

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