‘Free day’ to continue at Cahir Castle and Swiss Cottage

The first Wednesday of each month will continue to be ‘free days’ at two of Cahir’s top visitor attractions.

The first Wednesday of each month will continue to be ‘free days’ at two of Cahir’s top visitor attractions.

Announcing the opening hours for the Swiss Cottage and Cahir Castle for the coming tourist season, it was confirmed that the ‘free day’ practice will continue this year.

The Swiss Cottage will start to welcome visitors from this Friday, March 31. Cahir Castle is open year-round.

Local Fine Gael T.D. Tom Hayes has confirmed the 2012 opening times for the heritage sites in Tipperary under the control of the Office of Public Works. The announcement comes following details obtained from the Minister of State with special responsibility for the OPW, Brian Hayes T.D. “The Minister and the OPW regularly review the opening arrangements at all heritage sites nationwide as they try and maintain a balance between conservation, preservation and tourism needs, as well as dealing with the ongoing budgetary realities,” according to Deputy Hayes.

“Cahir Castle will continue to open all year round while the Swiss Cottage will be open from March 31 to October 24. I’m also happy to report that despite the financial constraints facing the OPW, the Minister has decided to continue the ‘Free Day’ on the first Wednesday of every month. This day will allow tourists in Ireland to visit some of our country’s extraordinary sites absolutely free of charge.

“A complete list of opening times at all OPW sites and National Parks can be found online at heritageireland.ie. I have no doubt that these sites will continue to contribute to the growing tourism sector in Tipperary through their excellent visitor facilities and the value for money that they represent,” concluded Deputy Hayes.