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Cultural and economic geography, Archaeology, 6.5 OTHER HUMANITIES

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Appendix and contribution to the Tara Conservation

Published by The Heritage Council and the Department of Arts, Culture and Gaeltacht


A Conservation Management Plan for the State-owned lands at the Hill of Tara was commissioned by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in January 2018. As an element of this at the request of the Heritage Council and the Discovery Programme, a visitor profile was undertaken by staff and students of the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). According to the Office of Public Works (OPW), over 200,000 people visit Tara archaeological site each year, and the site is being actively promoted as part of the Ireland’s Ancient East brand by Fáilte Ireland. As part of the Conservation Management Plan consideration is required as to how the site should be managed in the future, and a visitor profile is the first step in identifying aspects of visitation to the site. The objective of the research work was to develop a visitor profile of the Tara archaeological site in County Meath. The survey was administered to visitors to the Hill of Tara over one day, 18 July 2018. The survey was administered by three volunteer students from the BA in Tourism Management (DT406), DIT, facilitated by Dr. Catherine Gorman. These students were informed of the survey and were offered an opportunity to volunteer to undertake the work