Clonmacnoise still free on first Wednesdays

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Laois/Offaly Fine Gael TD Marcella Corcoran Kennedy has reminded the public that access to Clonmacnoise site is free on the first Wednesday of every month.

Laois/Offaly Fine Gael TD Marcella Corcoran Kennedy has reminded the public that access to Clonmacnoise site is free on the first Wednesday of every month.

The Fine Gael TD has encouraged everyone ‘to get out there and to explore the sites in your local area’.

She continued, “the Office of Public Works (OPW) has confirmed the continued free access to all OPW Heritage Sites on the first Wednesday of every month. This concession was introduced in 2011 and has proven extremely successful. In 2014 approximately 70,000 people, both tourists and locals, availed of this offer.

Deputy Corcoran Kennedystated that this was an excellent opportunity for people to find out more about heritage sites around the country at no cost. In County Offaly, this offer is available at Clonmacnoise.

“County Offaly is rich in history that we often take for granted. The first free Wednesday concession is a great opportunity for everyone to find out more about our local area and in turn to encourage others to visit these sites. I would particularly appeal to schools and community groups to consider local heritage sites as a possible outing and if the trips are arranged for the first Wednesday of the month, they will be completely free,” concluded Deputy Corcoran Kennedy.