Tipperary Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Tom Hayes T.D has welcomed the continuing increase in visitor numbers to the Rock of Cashel.
Attendance at the world renowned site has increased 25% since 2010, with figures for 2014 also up 11% on the same time last year.
Speaking on the figures, Minister Hayes said: “I am delighted to see that Cashel remains one of the OPW’s most popular sites, it also placed third highest of all the paying OPW sites last year and that has been managed at the same time as the world class conservation project which is ongoing at Cormac’s Chapel.”
He added: “Notwithstanding that the OPW’s management and presentation of Cashel continues to encourage greater visitor numbers, I am also conscious that we must continue to ensure that the town of Cashel benefits also, that the spin off economic benefit is retained locally and that we continue to work with the OPW and the Local Authority to make that happen.
“I am also happy to see that this relationship has been productive in seeing to the acquisition of an area of ground adjacent to a section of the old Town Wall opening up another facet of Cashel’s rich history.”
He finished by saying: “This growth in visitor numbers to Cashel was supported by the retention of the 9% tourism related services VAT rate and the abolition of the Travel Tax.
“We must continue to build on this success and maintain Cashel’s position as one of the Country’s most popular tourist destinations.”