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RNLI sends out SOS for walkers

THE RNLI Lifeboats has unveiled that schedule for their up-coming walks in Clare. Fr Ger Fitzgerald from Ennis joined a team of lifeboat supporters in the Burren for the formal launch. First up on the very busy schedule is Sunday when the Hills of Ayleroe in Kildysart will be the location for a 8km stroll through the beautiful country side in West Clare. Regestration for this event is at 3pm in Cyril Reidy’s field in Aylroe, with a 3.30pm start. For people who may not know the area well, Ayleroe is situated four miles on the coast road through Kildysart to Lababsheeda. The Burren Ramble is next on the list and this will take place on Sunday, September 14 with base camp at the car park at Fanore beach, with regestration at 12.30 pm for a 1pm start. The scene then switches to East Clare, when Broadford and its surrounds will provide the place for a walk through the highways …

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Academic links J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings with The Burren

A Derry-based academic has uncovered evidence suggesting that the world-famous karst landscape of the Burren Region inspired J.R.R. Tolkien in his masterworks ‘ The Lord of The Rings’ and ‘The Silmarillion’. Following a recent trip to examine the original J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts and papers at Marquette University in Wisconsin, USA, Tolkien scholar Dr. Liam Campbell will discuss his research findings and their outreach in terms of how the English writer’s acclaimed work has profound and traceable interconnections with Ireland. Dr Campbell’s talk will feature at the Burren Tolkien Society Festival on August 15-24. Organised by the Burren Tolkien Society and supported by Clare County Library and the Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark, the festival will feature contributions from Tolkien experts, writing workshops, screenings, lectures and guided walks of the locations frequented by Tolkien, including Poll na Gollum Cave which event organisers suggest influenced the creation of one of the author’s most famous characters (Gollum). “An unexpected body of evidence …

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Burren water springing up in Aran Islands

Caves under North Clare and South Galway could extend 30 miles under Galway Bay and reach the Aran Islands, researchers have discovered. Rain falling in the Burren and filtering through the limestone appears to be then travelling in underground rivers to the coast and under Galway Bay, before emerging in springs on Inishmaan, and in the bay itself, according to work by a group from NUI Galway. Geologists have found large networks of underground rivers hidden under the seabed and, while the current research project is wrapping up, additional funding would enable them to identify targets in the subsurface that could be drilled out and water abstracted from them to supply the Aran Islands. “I would never suggest there is an unending supply of water you could hit there, but there is good potential for hitting a water resource that might augment the water that falls on Inishmaan, or that might help with dealing with water supply on the smaller …

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Burren Visitors urged to Leave No Trace

VISITORS to the Burren are being urged to ‘Leave No Trace’ as a new responsible tourism policy is launched in the area. The graffiti incident at the Cliffs of Moher earlier this year is one example of  the environmental vandalism that the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark is seeking to minimise in the future through its involvement in a responsible tourism initiative. The Geopark has teamed up with Leave No Trace Ireland, an Irish-based charitable network of organisations and individuals promoting responsible outdoor recreation. During the coming weeks and throughout 2014, more than 50 tourism operators and influencers in the Burren will undergo awareness training aimed at encouraging visitors to the Burren to enjoy the world-famous karst region responsibly. The pilot project between the Geopark and Leave No Trace Ireland is being run by the GeoparkLIFE programme. Tina O’Dwyer, Sustainable Tourism Co-ordinator, Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark explained that the adoption of the Leave No Trace policy complements …

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