Free Admission to Irish & Isle of Man Heritage Sites for OPW Heritage Card holders
Ms. Clare McGrath, Chairman of the Office of Public Works (OPW) has announced that the OPW and the Friends of Manx National Heritage have reached a reciprocal arrangement, which provides free admission for Heritage Card holders to their heritage sites.
Ms. McGrath said, "I am delighted to announce these reciprocal arrangements and I would like to welcome and encourage FMNH members to come and visit the wonderful range of heritage sites that Ireland has to offer. The OPW has responsibility for 780 National Monuments and Historic Properties and provides a guide service at 70 of these, including such iconic sites as Kilmainham Gaol, The Rock of Cashel and Clonmacnoise. Current and future holders of OPW's Heritage Card will now enjoy the additional benefit of free admission to Manx National Heritage sites throughout the Isle of Man."
The Chairman concluded "This arrangement follows on from an agreement concluded with English Heritage in 2012, and other initiatives are currently being explored with similar organisations."
For full details of the OPW's Heritage sites, visit www.heritageireland.ie
For full details of Isle of Man Heritage sites, visit www.friendsofmnh.org
Free Admission for Holders of Heritage Cards issued by English Heritage
As announced by Minister of State Brian Hayes during the summer, the Office of Public Works now offers free access to the heritage sites under its management to holders of Heritage Cards issued by English Heritage.
Newgrange and the Irish Astronomy Trail
Newgrange has joined the Trail. Explore Ireland's rich involvement with Astronomy by following The Irish Astronomy Trail and visit Newgrange along the way.
In time, the Trail ranges from earliest prehistory in the Winter Solstice alignment of Newgrange, through the extraordinary Victorian engineering of the Birr Castle Leviathan, to modern cutting-edge research.
In space it covers the whole island from Cork to Armagh and Dublin to Galway.
See www.astronomytrail.ie for more details.