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Clare tourist attractions closing

A NUMBER of the county’s top visitor attractions are closing until March 29, following a decision today from Shannon Group.

The temporary suspension involves King John’s Castle in Limerick; Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, retail outlets at the Cliffs of Moher and Adare Heritage Centre, and also in Dublin Malahide Castle & Gardens; the Casino Model Railway Museum, Newbridge House & Farm, and GPO Witness History Museum. The suspension also includes Shannon Group’s medieval banqueting operations at Bunratty, Knappogue and Dunguaire Castles and its traditional Irish Night at Bunratty Folk Park.

Mary Considine, CEO, Shannon Group said: “At this time the health and wellbeing of our employees and customers is our primary concern. In their best interests, and in line with recommendations from the Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, we have taken the decision to temporarily close all of our sites from this evening until the 29th of March.”

Niall O’Callaghan, Managing Director of Shannon Heritage said: “Our employees and our partners have been informed this morning, and we are working with them on measures to minimise the impact at this difficult time. We are liaising with all our customers to keep them informed given the fluid nature of the circumstances. We will continue to monitor the situation and take the advice of health officials.”

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Owen Ryan has been a journalist with the Clare Champion since 2007, having previously worked for a number of other regional titles in Limerick, Galway and Cork.