New figures show three national monuments in the Shannonside region operated at a loss of nearly €400,000 last year.
Details released to Shannonside FM show the facilities run by the Office of Public Works, which have a guide service, are costing tens of thousands of euros each year to maintain.
Boyle Abbey in Roscommon lost up to €160,000 last year, Parke’s Castle near Dromahair in Leitrim €112,000 and Corlea Trackaway at Kenagh in Longford €113,000.
In 2016, Boyle Abbey’s outgoings came to €178,000, in running and staff costs and supplies.
However, the staff costs of €105,000 are skewed because works employees based at the Cistercian Monastery also carry out maintenance on other national monuments nearby, and those costs are included in this figure.
The income for the abbey last year was less than €18,000.
Corlea Trackway at Kenagh in County Longford, which dates back to the Iron Age, had outgoings of almost €114,000 last year and had income of only €360.
The OPW spent €138,000 on Parke’s Castle near Dromahair in County Leitrim last year, but its income was only €27,000.
The total loss of the three facilities amounts to €385,000.
However, Frank Scott, the PRO of Roscommon Heritage Group, claims it’s vital to maintain these national monuments and keep them open to the public.