Five sites across the country are expected to be included in Ireland’s application for UNESCO World Heritage status.
An UNESCO heritage site must be “so exceptional” that it “transcends national boundaries” and be of importance for generations to come.
County Councils and heritage sites have until June 30th to apply to be considered for this high status.
Currently the Valentia Transatlantic Cable in Kerry, The Burren in Clare, Glendalough in Wicklow, the passage tomb landscape of Sligo and a number of royal ancient sites make up the five locations expected to apply for Ireland’s tentative list.
Skellig Michael in Kerry and Newgrange are the only two places to be deemed UNESCO world heritage sites.
All applications will get an expert advisory group for assessment before a final tentative list is considered.