Heritage Council welcomes government announcement to create new national park in Kerry

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The Heritage Council is today acknowledging the significance for the country’s heritage of the government’s announcement to create a new national park in Kerry. Páirc Náisiúnta na Mara Ciarraí will cover over 70,000 acres and will be Ireland’s largest national park comprising a mixture of forestry, lowland and mountain grazing. The Unesco World Heritage property of Sceilg Mhichíl, the Conor Pass and some of the most ecologically valuable sites in Europe will also be included in the park.

Welcoming the announcement, Chief Executive of the Heritage Council, Virginia Teehan, said:

“I wish to commend Minister Darragh O’Brien and Minister Malcolm Noonan, and congratulate colleagues in the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage today on what is a hugely significant development for the country’s heritage. The establishment of the park will protect and preserve our fragile natural and built heritage all across this region which includes iconic islands, marine reefs, as well as mainland coastal and maritime sites on and off the Co Kerry coast.

“The Heritage Council has been a key player in the protection and preservation of our natural heritage since its establishment and along with local authorities, is currently in the process of supporting the appointment of a dedicated biodiversity officer in every county council in the country.”