Trip Advisor Award for Kilmainham Gaol
In recognition of exceptional traveller ratings over the past year, TripAdvisor has awarded a Certificate of Excellence to Kilmainham Gaol Museum. The Award is presented to businesses that consistently earn top ratings from TripAdvisor travellers and with a rating of 4.5, this places Kilmainham Gaol among the very best.
Irish Presidency of the European Union
From January 1st until June 30th 2013, Ireland will host the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. To facilitate this, Dublin Castle (the State Apartments and Undercroft) and Farmleigh will be closed to the public for the duration of the Presidency and there will be no guided tours available. There will be limited public access to the grounds of both the Castle and Farmleigh during this period but restrictions will be imposed when necessary. Updates will be available on www.dublincastle.ie and on www.farmleigh.ie
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.