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UNESCO designation for Cliffs and Burren

The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark has been designated as a UNESCO site following a vote at the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) General Conference in Paris today (Tuesday). The Burren and Cliffs of Moher is now one of 120 UNESCO Global Geoparks across the world. The designation means that the Clare County Council managed Geopark, along with Ireland’s two other Geoparks, the Copper Coast Geopark and Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, is now a UNESCO Global Geopark and is now at the same level as other UNESCO designated sites such as Newgrange and the Giant’s Causeway. Reflecting on the announcement, cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, James Breen said, “As a Geopark, the Burren is very much part of a global community that shares knowledge and expertise on heritage management and sustainable development, leading to well-managed protected landscapes with preserved local heritage. This approach, combined with a good working relationship with communities throughout the Burren has …

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Warm Burren welcome for 100 Europeans

More than 100 delegates from across Europe are expected to attend the Burren Winterage School in Corofin over the Bank Holiday weekend. The conference begins on this Thursday and continues to Sunday, October 25. Its focus is on supporting high nature value (HNV) farming in Europe. “More than 100 people are coming from Europe to Corofin for the school. It is a big event for North Clare and Corofin especially. This is our window to the world, in terms of Burren farming. It is an opportunity for the farmers here to show off what they do and to highlight the reasons we have programmes like BurrenLife in the first place,” Dr Brendan Dunford of the BurrenLife programme stated. The Winterage School will hear from farmers from diverse landscapes across Europe and will include a variety of presentations by speakers about how farmers can be supported through better policy, research, funding, innovation, empowerment and networking. “Many of the delegates will stay …

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A third of Cliffs visitors stay the night

ONE-third of all visitors to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience in the past year stayed at least one night in the county, according to new figures. More than 1,660 people completed online surveys for the attraction in the 12 months from August 2014 to August 2015 and these figures show that 33.2% of visitors indicated they had spent either the night before their Cliffs visit, the night after or both nights, in County Clare. “This indicates a minimum of 536,174 overnights in the county, not taking into account those staying longer than two nights. In 2014, incentive pricing for group tours arriving before 11am or after 4pm was introduced, which further encourages an overnight stay locally,” Ger Dollard, director of services, Clare County Council, stated. The local authority, which owns the centre, reledased the new figures. Mr Dollard stated that while the average spend in the county per visitor to the Cliffs is not known, “by any measure the …

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are to visit the Burren later today.

Royals confirm Burren visit

Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will visit the Burren during their upcoming visit to the Republic and Northern Ireland later this month. The couple will attend an event at NUI Galway on 19 May, after which Prince Charles will visit the Marine Institute and the Burren. A private dinner with President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina will also take place. The Prince and Duchess of Cornwall will travel to Sligo on 20 May, where they will visit the grave of WB Yeats. They will also visit Mullaghmore where the prince’s great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten was killed in an IRA bomb attack in 1979. Prince Charles was in Northern Ireland last year and in 2013. He has only been south of the border on official visits twice – in 1995 and in 2002. Garda Chief Superintendent, John Kerin, revealed earlier this week that he was preparing for the possibility that the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall could be in …

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Council accepts invite to visit China

Clare County Council has accepted an invitation from the People’s Republic of China to send a delegation to the country later this year. Since the visit of China’s Vice President Xi Jinping’s to Clare in 2012, the local authority has been exploring the potential of establishing a twinning arrangement that fosters the development of closer industrial, tourism, farming, educational and cultural ties between the county and China. Members of Clare County Council today (Monday) voted in favour of accepting an invitation from the Vice President of Yunnan Province to visit the region in April or May 2015 with a view to building links between the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark and the Stone Forest Geopark (Shilin Geopark), located in the southwest of China.

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Wild Atlantic Way ‘ideal location’

Phil Spencer, co-presenter of the hit Channel 4 TV series Location Location Location, and Classic FM, one of Britain’s largest radio stations, has linked up with Tourism Ireland to showcase Clare and the Wild Atlantic Way as the ideal ‘location’ to British holidaymakers this autumn. As part of its autumn campaign in Britain, Tourism Ireland has been working with Classic FM and Phil Spencer to produce four online films – including one film all about the Wild Atlantic Way. The films will be promoted on the Classic FM website over a four-week period, until mid-October. The campaign is expected to reach about 6.5 million people across Britain. The Wild Atlantic film features great footage of the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher and O’Brien’s Tower, Doolin and Ballyvaughan. Phil will also promote autumn breaks to Galway and Ireland over the coming weeks, through on-air mentions on Classic FM and he will tweet about Ireland to his 133,000 followers, from his Twitter …

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Miles of Memories in the Burren

THE Miles of Memories charity walk, which will take place in the Burren next month, was officially launched by musician Chris Droney this week. The walk will take place on the Caher Way on Sunday, October 12 at 1pm and is an important fundraiser for Cuimhneamh an Chláir, the Clare oral history and folklore group. The organisation has amassed a significant archive since it was established in 2009, with over 540 of Clare’s most elderly citizens recorded. The walk will include talks on the heritage of the Burren, using interviews from the archive, as well as speakers on the day, covering topics like botany, geology, local history and archaeology. Walk co-ordinator Linda Quinn explained, “The walk will take place on Sunday, October 12 with registration from 12pm at the Fanore Beach car park. The walk will follow the scenic Caher Way, with stunning views across the Burren and Atlantic Ocean. We are inviting people to come and join us for …

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Perfumery up for top shop award

A North Clare business is the only one in the county to be shortlisted for the Irish Times Best Shops in Ireland competition. The Burren Perfumery has made it to the final of the awards, which attracted 28,000 nominations nationwide. Orna Mulcahy Editor of The Irish Times Saturday Magazine commented about the competition “Over the summer we put the question to our readers – Tell us about your favourite shops. We were overwhelmed by the response from readers who nominated shops they love across 10 different categories including boutiques and salons, artisan food shops and cafes, bookstores and specialist shops. Whether it’s cupcakes or hardware, flowers or fish, a designer suit or a cut of beef – our readers told us where to find the best, and why they go back to a shop time and time again.” The nomination process was overseen by our expert panel of judges, made up of six well known industry figures with decades of …

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