A new resort is being developed on a hillside in the North West of Ireland that will cater for the likes of the US president Donald Trump, who will visit Ireland next month.
The newly opened Diamond Resorts Ireland is the first resort on the island of Mullaghmore near the border with the Republic of Ireland.
It is set to become the largest diamond resort in the country with a capacity of more than 10,000 guests.
The resort, on the outskirts of Cork city, has been developed by Irish-born developer Simon Walsh.
The new Diamond Resort Ireland is to be built on a 2,300-hectare (6,400-acre) hillside which will be home to a number of luxury hotels, spa and other facilities, along with the Diamond Club.
In recent years, there has been a growing demand for luxury accommodation on the hillside and the development of the resort is part of a plan to make the area a magnet for international tourists.
Mr Walsh said the resort would cater for Mr Trump, the US President, who is visiting Ireland next week.
Mr Trump has been an avid traveller to the North East since arriving in the Republic in 2015.
Mr D’Arcy told the Irish Independent that the new resort would be a great fit for Mr Walsh’s brand of luxury accommodation.
“The Diamond Residence is a wonderful project for the North Eastern region of Ireland and the Irish Diamond Club, who are looking forward to welcoming the President of the United States into their area of the country,” he said.
“This is the perfect time for us to develop the Diamond Residences development in an environmentally friendly way.”
The Diamond Resocation was developed by Mr Walsh, the company which owns the Diamond Hotel and Casino in Cork, the Diamond Estate in Co Donegal and the Diamond and Diamond Resort & Spa in Co Mayo.
The development is expected to cost €12 million, with the total amount paid to the Republic being €4 million.
Mr Finnegan said he was keen to bring the resort to the area.
“I am very excited about the development and how it will contribute to the revitalisation of the area,” he told the Independent.
“It will give the area an opportunity to expand and become more attractive to foreign investors.”
He added that the Diamond Resort would provide the best of both worlds, including the chance for guests to enjoy the luxury of Diamond Resos luxury accommodation, which will include a full bar and catering service.
“We want the Diamonds to have a presence in this region and I want to ensure that they are recognised and appreciated,” Mr Finney said.