The unique environment found in northern County Clare known as The Burren has been awarded the prestigious designation of membership of the UNESCO-supported Global Geopark network.
The Burren now becomes part of a unique group of world locations that form part of the Global Network of National Geoparks. There are currently 78 Geoparks in 26 countries worldwide and only two other sites in Ireland and Northern Ireland — Copper Coast Geopark and Marble Arch Caves & Cuilcagh Mountain Park.
Vincent Cunnane of Shannon Development said “the Burren is recognised throughout the world as an iconic landscape of outstanding geology and breathtaking coastal scenery. North Clare is famous for traditional music, dancing, match-making, Gaelic games, food, art, and literature. Integral to all of this is a thriving natural and cultural landscape that is difficult to find anywhere else in the world. This award now gives a platform for the further development of eco tourism businesses and other initiatives in the area.”
The new designation will not change anyone’s visit to The Burren or the nearby Cliffs of Moher, but it will raise International awareness for the this beautiful and unusual gem on Ireland’s West Coast.