One of the Boyne Valley's landmark attractions, the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre Newgrange and Knowth, was awarded a Gold Award at the CIE Tours for Excellence awards last night, 5th February. The UNESCO world heritage sites of Newgrange and Knowth, passage tombs from the Neolithic period, draw thousands of visitors to the Boyne Valley every year. Access to Newgrange and Knowth is through the Brú na Bóinne visitor centre and CIE have awarded Brú na Bóinne the gold award "for the enormous contribution to the outstanding vacation experience of our clients, over many years in Ireland."
The Office of Public Works and staff at Brú na Bóinne have dedicated this award to Claire Mullen, Head Guide in Brú na Bóinne Centre who died tragically in a road crash on February 1st.
In a statement OPW paid tribute to Claire and her work at Brú na Bóinne:
"Claire's organisation of the bookings for CIE Tours International and her warm welcome to their clients played a huge part in our success in achieving the Overall National Heritage Award."
Boyne Valley Tourism would also like to extend our sympathies to Claire's family and the staff at Brú na Bóinne, whilst also recognising the many years of hard work and dedication that Claire showed to all visitors to the Boyne Valley.