An unexpected early announcement by the New 7 Wonders Foundation of the top ranking 14 candidates in the New 7 Wonders of Nature online global contest were announced today. The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland’s finalist in the global campaign, did not appear in the list and therefore the Cliffs cannot now be named among the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The Cliffs of Moher vote, which had gained significant momentum in the final weeks of the campaign, was not sufficient to overtake the front runners.
Ennis, county town of Clare where the Cliffs are located, is twinned with Phoenix, Arizona, where the Grand Canyon also missed out on a Top 14 spot. The Bay of Fundy in Canada which had linked with the Clare landmark early this year was not named in the list either.
Speaking from the County Clare landmark earlier, Director of the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, Katherine Webster congratulated the front runners and thanked all those who had supported the Cliffs campaign over the four years of the contest. “We have been delighted to have the Cliffs of Moher contending for a spot in the New 7 Wonders of Nature and we know that a great number of Irish people and members of the Irish diaspora around the world weighed in with their support”
Mayor of Clare, Councillor Pat Hayes had this to say, “All of us in County Clare know that the Cliffs of Moher is a special place and this campaign has put the Cliffs of Moher on the “must see” list of many potential visitors to Ireland. Of course, we’re disappointed the Cliffs of Moher didn’t make it to the final 7, but it was always going to be a huge challenge given the relative sizes of the population versus some of the successful candidates. More people than ever have heard of the Cliffs of Moher now and we will certainly look forward to welcoming them to County Clare in the years ahead.”
The New 7 Wonders of Nature contest was organized by the Swiss non-profit New 7 Wonders Foundation, an organization who in 2007 completed a previous campaign to choose the New 7 man-made Wonders of the world which saw over 100 million votes cast. They had previously estimated that the current campaign would see one billion votes cast. The foundation have announced plans to release verified voting tallies in the coming days and they are already planning for their next voting campaign – New 7 Wonders Cities.
More info on the competition at www.n7w.com >>
More about the Cliffs of Moher at www.cliffsofmoher.ie >>