A new study to analyse how Clonmacnoise handles large crowds is due to take place shortly by the OPW.
The heritage site receives between 155,000 and 170,000 visitors every year, however the current Visitor Centre was only designed to handle a load of approximately 80,000.
According to the OPW Heritage Service, it has been clear for some time that the facilities within the centre are struggling to cope with demand, such as parking and toilets.
A tender is expected to be released soon for expert consultants to help develop a plan to move forward.
Minister Kevin Boxer Moran says Clonmacnoise is a “hugely important” historical site and must be protected for future generations.