NEWGRANGE has been crowned the nation's most important historical site ahead of the GPO in Dublin, scene of the Easter Rising.
The Co Meath monument has also been declared the nation's favourite heritage site for the fourth year in a row. With 12pc of votes, it has come ahead of Glendalough (9pc), the Cliffs of Moher (8pc), the Rock of Cashel (5pc) and the Burren (5pc).
The fourth annual National Heritage Survey also found castles are the country's favourite heritage site to visit, beating museums (12pc) and county manors and estates (17pc).
According to the survey, 91pc rated heritage sites as very important to tourism – but almost three-quarters said there was not enough being done to promote them to the public.