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Tipperary Heritage Sites Reopen Today

The Chairman of Fáilte Ireland has resigned from his 6 year held post after it emerged he had travelled to Italy with his family on holiday.

The Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht Ms Catherine Martin has rightly accepted Mr Michael Cawley’s resignation, after it was confirmed he had indeed been on holiday in Italy, despite the Government’s request to avoid non-essential travel abroad.

Tipperary Heritage Week 2020

Autumn near Cahir Castle, on the river Suir at Cahir, Co. Tipperary.

Heritage Week starts today, Saturday 15th August 2020 and people are encouraged to take this opportunity to visit their local sites.

Fine Gael TD Mr. Patrick O’ Donovan, latter Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, has stated that a visit to any Heritage site is a great day out for all the family. He continued “We have all endured a lot in recent months and I’d encourage everyone to bear in mind that many of the wonderful ancient places around Tipperary, like the Rock of Cashel are open to visitor again and although there are access restrictions in some cases, this is because the OPW has had to make sure that people can stay safe during their visit and enjoy these beautiful places without fear.”

The Minister also confirmed that the OPW sites in Cahir, which have been delayed in reopening, will now be open to visitors again; the grounds of the Swiss Cottage site will be open from today Saturday 15th August and Cahir Castle will reopen from next Thursday next, August 20th.

The Minister has also confirmed that Cahir Castle is about to welcome a major film production which will be shooting there later in September, and some set preparation are happening early next week.
In relation to Cahir Castle, the Minister also stated, “I am happy to confirm that the public will again be able to see the Castle grounds from the 20th onwards and people may also be happy to know that admission will be completely free.”

Note: In the past (1981) Cahir Castle was used as a location for a battle scene in the film Excalibur. The castle was also used as a location for the television series The Tudors and The Green Knight.

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