Free entry to children to heritage sites a very welcome initiative – Tóibín
Sinn Féin spokesperson Heritage Peadar Tóibín TD has said that move to allow children under the age of 12 free admission to all heritage sites manage by the Office of Public Works (OPW) was a very welcome and progressive one.
Speaking today, Teachta Tóibín said:
“Ireland has a hugely rich history and cultural landscape. I’m delighted that children will now be able to experience many of our finest heritage sites free of charge.
“There are multiple benefits for children to visit such places – educational, cultural, historic and oftentimes just good old-fashioned fun.
“I commend the timing of this initiative as well. Just prior to the primary school summer recess, children will now be able to sample the myriad of excellent historical sites dotted throughout the country.
“Newgrange, a UNESCO heritage site, is an example of an optimal place to bring children, with a massive interpretive centre with child-friendly options.
“While the sites themselves are usually enough to whet the appetites of curious children and families, there is often also excellent interpretative guides, maps, historical explainers and of course experienced staff to guide visitors on their journey.
“I urge families to avail of this far-sighted and very positive move and start exploring the history and culture which is embedded in our environment.”