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Good news for parents - kids are being given free admission to dozens of Irish heritage sites

The initiative will apply to all paid-admission sites operated by the OPW from this Saturday.

The Rock of Cashel, Co Tipperary - one of the most visited heritage site in Ireland.
The Rock of Cashel, Co Tipperary - one of the most visited heritage site in Ireland.
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FROM THIS WEEKEND, all children under 12 will be admitted for free to heritage sites managed by the Office of Public Works Heritage Service.

This initiative will commence this Saturday 1 July and will give children under 12 the chance to visit sites for free.

The Office of Public Works (OPW) already offers free entry for children under 6 years of age, and 80,000 school-going children availed of its Free Schools Visits programme last year.

Kevin Boxer Moran, the Minister of State for the Office of Public Works, made the announcement today, saying that he hoped it would “…encourage our children to experience some of the best cultural and heritage sites in the country”.

Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travelist Tourists visit Brú na Bóinne (August 2015). Source: Niall Carson/PA Images

The Minister added:

“We have some wonderful places to visit like Clonmacnoise, Kilkenny Castle, Newgrange and the Rock of Cashel and I want every child to have an opportunity to visit them with their families during the summer holidays and up to the end of the year.”

The list of sites include the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre, Desmond Castle, Glendalough Visitor Centre, Dublin Castle, Sligo Abbey, Roscrea Heritage Centre, and Donegal Castle.

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