Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

Galway Heritage Sites benefit from ‘free admission’ initiative

Galway Heritage Sites benefit from ‘free admission’ initiative

Several Galway Heritage sites which are maintained by the Office of Public Works (OPW) have benefitted from the Government’s initiative to promote free entry on the first Wednesday of each month.

Figures just released by the OPW show that visitor numbers to the Heritage sites increased dramatically when compared to the equivalent days of the previous month.

The Heritage Sites in Galway include Athenry Castle, Aughnanure Castle, Dún Aonghasa on Inis Mór, Portumna Castle and Gardens and Teach an Phiarsaigh (Padraig Pearse’s Cottage) in Connemara.

Commented Galway West TD, Seán Kyne: “The importance of Tourism to our local economy cannot be overestimated and supporting the businesses and jobs which they provide is a key priority for the Government.

“The OPW initiative represents a small but important step towards making some of Galway’s most historically valuable sites and structures accessible to both the Irish public and tourists alike.

“It is very encouraging to see significant increases in visitor numbers to the locations across Galway on the days on which the OPW initiative operates.

“These historical attractions, along with the festivals, such as the Galway Film Fleadh and the Galway Arts Festival, play a major role in ensuring that Galway is Ireland’s premier tourist destination.”