Operations Suspended At Bunratty Castle And Other Shannon Heritage Sites

One of Clare’s biggest tourist attractions is closing as a result of the coronavirus restrictions

Shannon Heritage is suspending operations at its visitor attractions, including Bunratty Castle until March 29th.

After 5pm this evening, public visits will also cease at Limerick’s King John’s Castle, while the Group’s retail outlets and banqueting functions are also affected.


Shannon Group CEO Mary Considine says their primary concern it he health and well-being of our employees and customers.

Statement from Shannon Heritage

Shannon Group has taken the decision to suspend operations at all of its Shannon Heritage visitor attractions from 5.00pm this evening until Sunday 29th March.

Shannon Heritage, a Shannon Group company, is Ireland’s leading operator of visitor attractions and commenting on the measures 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.”

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