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Going green: how Ireland’s leading tourist attractions have become eco-friendly

From wildlife parks to museums, there’s a growing emphasis on the environment. We find many top destinations are now rising to the challenge

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Newgrange, a prehistoric monument built during the Neolithic period, located in County Meath, Ireland. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland, UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Newgrange, a prehistoric monument built during the Neolithic period, located in County Meath, Ireland. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland, UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lock down has prevented most overseas travel so many have taken to journeys and holidays through the British countryside. Here a car drives during summer along a British road.

Lock down has prevented most overseas travel so many have taken to journeys and holidays through the British countryside. Here a car drives during summer along a British road.

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View of Westport House, Westport, Co Mayo

View of Westport House, Westport, Co Mayo

Photo: Darragh Kane

Photo: Darragh Kane

Tayto Park, Co Meath

Tayto Park, Co Meath

Sea Life Bray Aquarium

Sea Life Bray Aquarium

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Gold sailing ship artefact, National Museum of Ireland

Gold sailing ship artefact, National Museum of Ireland

Cell rows at Dublin's Kilmainham Gaol, an OPW site

Cell rows at Dublin's Kilmainham Gaol, an OPW site

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Newgrange, a prehistoric monument built during the Neolithic period, located in County Meath, Ireland. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland, UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A bag of cheese and onion Tayto crisps may not scream sustainability, but the snack’s sponsored theme park appears to be leading the pack as Ireland’s greenest tourist attraction.

Using 100pc green energy and commendable water conservation efforts and practising a zero-landfill policy, Tayto Park’s sustainability efforts truly pack a crunch.


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