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Free admission for Disabled Visitors and Carers at OPW Heritage sites from the 1st May - Lonergan

Independent County Councillor for Clonmel/Cahir Borough District, Martin Lonergan has welcomed Kevin “Boxer” Moran T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, announcement of free admission for disabled visitors and their carers into OPW Heritage Sites from the 1st of May.

Speaking about the initiative Cllr. Lonergan said, “As we know, the OPW is entrusted with looking after our wonderful heritage sites here in the Clonmel and Cahir Areas and everyone should be able to enjoy these cultural assets on our doorstep. This includes those with disabilities and I am delighted now that the OPW will, at all its paid admission sites, admit disabled persons and their carers for free commencing on the 1st of May.

My hope is that those who suffer with an impairment, will be able to more easily visit some of our heritage sites and they will, like so many other people, get huge enjoyment from the experience. The announcement ties in with the European Year of Cultural Heritage and its theme is ‘Make a Connection”. This theme aims to deepen the connection between people and heritage and build a legacy of increased public engagement over time.

The Minister also confirmed that the OPW will be continuing with its progressive approach to the provision of Sign Language tours for deaf and hard of hearing visitors this year with tours organised in a number of locations around the country right throughout the summer.”

Concluding Cllr. Lonergan added, “While I warmly welcome this initiative, we must continue to progress the full accessibility to OPW heritage sites for those with a disability and it is important that the various agencies, be it the OPW or Local Authorities and others, continue to engage with those across the disability sector to improve the accessibility and experience of our heritage sites for all.”