Admission free to Kilkenny heritage sites from today in bid to attract ‘staycationers’
Admission to both Kells Priory (pictured) and Jerpoint Abbey will be free from this morning until the end of the year in a bid to boost local tourism in Kilkenny.
The announcement was made by local Fine Gael TD John Paul Phelan. The Kilkenny TD said the move is part of the Government’s July Stimulus Plan to encourage domestic tourists to come to Kilkenny and the south east.
Deputy Phelan said: “I am delighted to confirm this measure will take effect from Monday, 27th July and will remain in force until the end of the year.
“My Fine Gael colleague, Minister of State with responsibility for Office of Public Works Patrick O’Donovan, has brought this in to support to the domestic Irish tourism economy and to provide a greater appeal to Irish people to stay at home and take staycations and short breaks within Ireland particularly over the next six months.
“Visitor sites in the care of the OPW both here in Kilkenny and all around the country are highly prized by Irish people.
“This new initiative as part of the Government’s July Stimulus will appeal to people who are looking for a different holiday experience that has something for everyone.”
Deputy Phelan (pictured below) added: “Hopefully Kilkenny can capitalise on our wonderful local attractions by making it more accessible for those on a budget who are looking for an enjoyable way to spend their 2020 holidays.
“The economy has suffered a huge shock because of Covid-19 and this is particularly the case in the tourism sector where so many people depend on a strong visitor economy to provide them with jobs.
“Government have identified the need to act quickly and decisively in support of the tourism sector and the OPW heritage sites will play a part in that by making it attractive cost-wise for individuals and families to visit and for tour operators who wish to bring organised groups.”