Minister Moran welcomes the introduction of the Roscrea Loyalty Scheme. New initiative to boost visitor numbers and economic activity in Roscrea Heritage Town

22 June 18

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, today launched the Roscrea Loyalty Scheme, a new initiative to encourage people to shop locally and to visit Roscrea Castle, Damer House and the Blackmill for free.

The OPW has worked with the Roscrea Chamber of Commerce and Tipperary County Council to bring this initiative to fruition.  Under the initiative, shoppers spending €15 in local participating retail outlets will be provided with a voucher which will entitle them to a free family entry at Roscrea Castle, Damer House and the Blackmill.  A similar initiative has been in operation in Cashel since March 2015 and has proven to be a great success in promoting tourism and economic activity in the town.

Speaking at the launch of the initiative in Damer House, Minister Moran said, "I am delighted that my Office, the OPW, in conjunction with all the local partners have initiated this scheme today for Roscrea.  Its success has been proven in Cashel and I hope that a similar positive impact is experienced in Roscrea.  The importance of tourism to the Irish economy cannot be underestimated and while the remit of the OPW is conservation and presentation, I am delighted that my Office can get involved in schemes such as this”.

The Minister went on to say, “Culture and heritage promote individual, community and national wellbeing.  Since the 1st of May, 2018, people with disabilities and their carers have free admission to all OPW managed heritage sites.  This builds on the very successful initiative I introduced last summer which provides free admission to our heritage sites to children under 12”.

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Notes to Editors:

Photography from the launch will be available from David Ruffles, 086 826 5666 or davidruffles@gmail.com after the event.

Loyalty Scheme

Shoppers will get a voucher entitling them to a free family entry to Roscrea Castle, Damer House and the Blackmill on spending €15 in participating local retail outlets.

The programme is being run in conjunction with Roscrea Chamber of Commerce and Tipperary County Council.

This heritage site is managed by the OPW in conjunction with the Roscrea Heritage Society.  The heritage complex consists of Roscrea Castle, Damer House and Blackmill, a restored mill displaying the original St. Cronan's high cross and pillar stone.

Roscrea Castle

The stone castle consists of a gate tower, curtain walls and two corner towers dating from the 1280’s. The castle rooms are furnished and host temporary exhibitions. Its chimneys and gables are early 17th Century features, but the lower levels of the castle are the original stonework. The two towers housed three storeys, one of which has an octagonal interior called the "Duke of Ormond's Tower".

Damer House

Built in the early 18th century in the Queen Anne style, Damer House is an example of pre-Palladian architecture.  This elegant three-storey Georgian house with nine bay windows was built by Joseph Damer in the early 18th century in the courtyard of Roscrea Castle. One of the rooms is furnished in period style.

'The Space Between' Exhibition currently on display in Damer House Gallery to 1 July 2018

The Space Between’ exhibition is on display for the first time in the Damer House Gallery. The annual joint touring exhibition of artworks from the collections of the OPW in the Republic of Ireland and the Department of Finance (DoF) of Northern Ireland features 38 artworks from these public collections, north and south and was curated by 12 undergraduate students studying on the BDes Graphic Design and Illustration course from Belfast School of Art, Ulster University who worked with the curatorial teams in the DoF, Belfast and the OPW, Dublin over two days to select artworks from their respective public art collections.

Further information is available from Roscrea Heritage Centre