Holy Island and Burren vying for World Heritage List


TWO of Clare’s most renowned heritage sites must be considered for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List for Ireland.

The Burren and Inis Cealtra Highlands Cultural Landscape are among six sites nationally considered by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage for inclusion on the list.

The sites of the very prestigious list are updated every ten years. Following a public call and a deadline of June 30, six applications were received by the Department. In addition to the two Clare sites, the entries include the set of transatlantic cables running from Valentia, County Kerry, to Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada; the royal sites of Ireland located in the counties of Kildare, Westmeath, Tipperary, Roscommon and Meath; the County Sligo Passage Grave Landscape; and Glendalough Valley in County Wicklow.

An independent advisory group will now review applications

determine which could be included in the next list of World Heritage sites in Ireland.

“It is a huge credit to all those involved in the Burren Highlands and Inis Cealtra to see them reach this stage in an attempt to achieve this prestigious status,” said Cathal Crowe, spokesperson for Fianna Fáil for aviation and tourism. “In 2019, during my tenure as mayor, I was involved in a number of events related to UNESCO’s accreditation for the Burren Geopark.

The Burren’s karst landscape and the astonishing flora and fauna that thrive there are quite unique. It would be great to see an extension of this to include World Heritage status for the Burren Lunar Landscape Highlands.

“Holy Island, meanwhile, is the crown jewel of East Clare. Its full potential is only being realized now as County Clare Council, with government backing, seeks to turn it into a world-class tourist site. Tourists these days are very picky and spend weeks researching online and browsing social media before deciding where to base their vacation. UNESCO status serves to attract tourists in droves, but it also ensures that sites are protected and managed in a sustainable manner.

Deputy Crowe pledged to work closely with Minister Darragh O’Brien on the issue and to play the role he can to advance the status of the two Clare sites.


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