Accessibility to older places of interest

There are places of interest that will never be accessible to people in wheelchairs and those with reduced mobility. It is an unrealistic expectation. For example the famed Blarney Castle and kissing the stone are out of reach of the disabled community. It is many many years since I visited the castle and kissed the stone but my memory is of narrow shiny steps and it was not easily accessed by fitter younger people even then. It was part of the challenge. I believe that the castle gardens are magnificent and doable in a wheelchair. It is a target of mine to see those gardens later in the Spring and report on them.

This report in the Irish Examiner http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/council-plans-to-transform-historic-city-fort-after-handover-from-state-254605.html tells of plans by Cork City Council to have our local Elizabeth Fort, a 17th century ‘star fort’, open to the public shortly. I really hope that the council will make a major effort to make the fort accessible to as many as possible, me being one. I’m not sure what is entailed in making it accessible but please give it your best shot and don’t forget to make allowances for disable parking and accessible toilets while you are doing it. In your effort to make it a major attraction please remember that over 15% of the population have a disability and that is a lot of people. 

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