The Government has intervened in plans by the Trustees of Muckross House to close the Muckross Traditional Farms in the Killarney National Park as a cost-cutting exercise.
Staff were informed last week the company had been severely affected by the pandemic and on the advice of the board of trustees the traditional farms were to stop operating on September 1.
However, talks took place between senior Government officials and the trustees were held over the weekend.
"The department (of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht) is going to work with the trustees to ensure the project will remain open," a senior official source said. “It will be available 2020/2021.”
“We’ll work with the trustees. We don’t want to lose the farms. Other options can be explored,” the senior official said.
In the past five years some €10m has been invested in Muckross House including a restoration of the boathouse, chimneys, windows, kitchens and roads.