18 Aug 2022

Clonmacnoise recognised for tourism excellence award

Offaly second from bottom of the list for overseas visitors


Mr. Seán Canney,T.D., Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief has congratulated the seven heritage sites, including Clonmacnoise, on winning their CIE Tours International Awards of Excellence 2016. The sites, all managed by the OPW scooped the awards, and Clonmacnoise was a worthy winner. The coveted Awards are presented annually by CIE Tours International and are given in recognition of excellence in Irish Tourism.  Award winners are chosen following independent evaluation of CIE Tours customer surveys.

Minister Canney congratulated the seven OPW sites: “I’m delighted with the news of the Awards for seven of the OPW’s heritage sites. These awards are a very welcome recognition of the professionalism and dedication of the staff involved and their pursuit of excellence in tourism. I am proud that the OPW has been recognised as offering a quality experience to visitors and I’m sure we will continue to do so in 2017 and in future years.”

The seven OPW heritage sites that are the recipients of the CIE Tours International Awards of Excellence Winners 2016 are: 

Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre, Co. Meath
Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly
Dublin Castle, Dublin
Dún Aonghasa, Aran Island, Co. Galway
Glendalough Visitor Centre, Co. Wicklow
Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
Rock of Cashel, Co. Tipperary

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