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Thursday, 11 July 2019

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Office of Public Works Data

Photo of Dara CallearyDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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252. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of participants in the Office of Public Works heritage card scheme in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the budget allocation in each year; and the number of designated heritage sites in which the card can be used in tabular form. [31444/19]

Photo of Kevin  MoranKevin Moran (Longford-Westmeath, Independent)
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The number of Heritage Cards issued by OPW Heritage Services since 2016 were as follows:

2016201720182019 (up to 2/6/2019)
18,390 14,483*14,268*4,304

* The lower sales of Heritage Cards in 2017 and 2018 reflect the provision in those years of complimentary admission to specific groups such as Children Under 12 and Persons with disabilities and their Carers.

The OPW's total Visitor Services budget allocation for the relevant years was as follows:


This allocation covers all areas of Visitor related expenditure including Guide pay and other non-pay items relevant to the presentation and promotion of the heritage sites managed by the OPW. The costs generally associated with administering the Heritage Card scheme are those relating to printing of the cards and are paid from the Visitor Services allocation. The printing and card fabrication costs were:

2016201720182019 (up to 2/6/2019)

*No costs were incurred in 2018 or to date in 2019 due to stocks in hand.

The OPW Heritage Card is accepted at the following fee-charging sites:

OPW SitesNon-OPW Sites
Adare CastleGlenveagh Castle
Ardfert Cathedral Muckross House
Athenry Castle
Aughnanure Castle
Battle of the Boyne/Oldbridge Estate
Blasket Centre
Boyle Abbey
Brú na Bóinne/Newgrange/Knowth
Cahir Castle
Casino Marino
Castletown House
Céide Fields
Charles Fort
Derrynane House
Doneraile House
Donegal Castle
Dublin Castle
Dún Aonghasa
Dunmore Cave
Emo Court House and Parklands
Ennis Friary
Farmleigh Estate
Garinish Island & Bryce House
Glebe House and Gallery
Glendalough Visitor Centre
Hill of Tara Visitor Centre
J F Kennedy Arboretum
Jerpoint Abbey
Kilkenny Castle
Kilmainham Gaol
Mellifont Abbey
Parke's Castle
Pearse's Cottage
Portumna Castle
Rathfarnham Castle
Reginald's Tower
Rock of Cashel
Roscrea Heritage
Ross Castle
Sligo Abbey
Swiss Cottage
Tintern Abbey
Trim Castle


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