Task 4 - Support tourism bodies

To support tourism bodies to improve the quality of information available to the public regarding Ireland’s cultural heritage.

How does Task 4 relate to Discovering Ireland’s Ancient Peoples and Landscapes?

Ireland’s past resonates through its landscape, in its monuments and in the lives of its people. Some archaeological landscapes and monuments are very well known to the public but many are rarely visited. Some have well developed and imaginative information programmes to offer the public but the stories of many others are virtually unknown or do not reflect recent research. There is a need for the Discovery Programme to find ways in which to interact with tourism bodies and to communicate the results of its research to the wider public, be they Irish visitors or those from abroad. Given the current emphasis placed on developing the tourism industry, there is a huge untapped potential in promoting Ireland’s archaeology and history through various media and to higher standards. The more people know, the more they will appreciate Ireland’s ancient peoples and landscapes.

What will the Discovery Programme’s role be in promoting a dialogue with the tourism industry and improving the quality of information available to the public?

The Discovery Programme will work with the National Monuments Service (DAHG), the Heritage Council, Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland and the Office of Public Works to identify ways in which to improve accessibility to information and the quality of interpretation of monuments. With Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht funding it has already initiated development of the Monastic Ireland website and mobile app for use by visitors and will publish a series of guides, both printed and e-guides, on some of the most prominent monuments in the country, beginning with guides to Dún Aonghasa and Tara.

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