Minister of State Tom Hayes TD has welcomed Fáilte Ireland figures which show that the Rock of Cashel remains one of the Country’s top tourist destinations, with visitor numbers set to increase further in 2015.
Fáilte Ireland have released their annual list of Ireland’s top visitor attractions. The Rock of Cashel made the top 10 list with 372,503 visitors in 2014, an increase of 117,165 visitors on 2013. The Guinness Storehouse came out on top having had over 1.2m visitors come through its doors in 2014, an increase of 100,000 visitors on the previous year. Minister of State Hayes said: “It is fantastic to see that the Rock of Cashel remains one of our most popular tourist attractions and we must continue to build on its success. We expect visitor numbers to increase yet further for 2015 and with that, comes more business for the town itself which has a positive spin off for the surrounding areas. In Cashel we continue to build on the success with the introduction of the Loyalty scheme which I launched in March and also the promotion of the town trail which encourages tourists to explore the town and inform them of its rich history.” Shaun Quinn CEO Fáilte Ireland said:”We, in Fáilte Ireland, have invested quite heavily in our tourism infrastructure in recent years to ensure that Ireland remained an appealing destination despite the downturn. Now that tourism is on the rise again, Ireland and its strong collection of attractions are perfectly poised to welcome and cater for ever greater numbers.” Top 10 Fee-Charging Attractions 2014 Guinness Storehouse, Dublin - 1,269,371 (visitors) Cliffs of Moher- 1,080,501 Dublin Zoo - 1,076,876 National Aquatic Centre, Dublin - 931,074 Book of Kells - 650,476; St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin - 457,277 Tayto Park, Meath - 450,000 Fota Wildlife Park - 438,000; Blarney Castle - 390,000; Rock of Cashel - 372,503.