Visitor numbers at Shannon Heritage sites have risen, up by 1 per cent in the eight months from January, and by 3 per cent over the summer period. More than 511,000 touris
ts have visited its eight sites across the country, which include the GPO in Dublin, Craggaunowen in Co Clare and King John’s Castle in Limerick city. Bunratty Castle is still the biggest attraction, with some 250,000 tourists visiting the folk park, fairy village and castle last year.
A commercial semi-State body, Shannon Heritage, which is part of the Shannon Group, is one of the oldest tourist operators in the country. It launched in 1963 with the medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle, which it still runs today.