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Feasibility Study for Pilgrim Way

Consultative Workshops/ February 2019
SAVE THE DATE! 

In late 2018, West Limerick Resources in partnership with Waterways Ireland and 13 local development companies (LDCs) and associated local authorities commissioned SLR Consulting and Alan Hill Tourism Development to investigate the feasibility of developing a 350 km cross-border Pilgrim Way along the inland waterways.   The area under consideration is a 20 km wide corridor which uncovers a unique and vast pilgrim heritage on and along the inland waterways, from the Shannon estuary in Co Kerry northwards through the Shannon Navigation, Shannon-Erne Waterway, and Erne System in Co Fermanagh to Co Donegal. Please see map attached.

The aim is to develop an iconic international 'Pilgrim Way' based on the rich early Christian and Viking heritage of the Early Medieval period in Ireland.  Well known ecclesiastical sites include Scattery Island, Iniscealtra (Holy Island, Clare), Clonmacnoise (Offaly), Quaker Island (Lough Ree), Boyle Abbey (Roscommon), Devenish Island (Lough Erne) and the iconic pilgrimage site at Lough Derg (St Patrick's) in Donegal, among others.  Many more, lesser known sites are included in the overall analysis for a total of more than 100 sites in total.

Our team is holding a series of Consultative Workshops on the feasibility of an iconic Pilgrim Way in early February 2019. 

See programme below:

If you can attend please reply to julien_carlier18@hotmail.com asap

These workshops will aim to engage with local authorities, statutory heritage managers/ tourism & heritage operators/ community heritage activists/ transport and activity providers, heritage guides and NGO sectors.

Or indeed anyone who can contribute to developing ideas for how an internationally significant Pilgrim Way might optimally function and operate along the entire Shannon-Erne system.

We would like your inputs on the key heritage and conservation issues, as many sites are active sites of worship and sacred to their communities.  We will also examine potential sustainable 'ways' to link these special sites (walk, cycle, boat, bus transport), as well as visitor management (accommodation, food, guidance, transport, parking etc)?   What are the opportunities that may contribute to economic development and sustaining rural communities?  What are the likely constraints?

SUB-REGIONAL WORKSHOP

LOCATION

VENUE

DATE

TIME

Source Counties

Map Location/ Finding the Venue

Lower Shannon

Limerick

Kilmurry Lodge Hotel,

Dublin Road,

Castletroy,

Limerick City

Monday 4th February

2019

6.30pm-9.00pm

Kerry

Limerick

Clare

Tipperary

Just off M7, Nenagh side of Limerick City

https://www.kilmurrylodge.com/our-location.html

Mid-Shannon

Athlone

Radisson Blu,

Northgate St.

Athlone riverside

Tuesday 5thth February

2019

6.30pm-9.00pm

Offaly

Galway

Westmeath

South Longford

South Roscommon

Central Athlone

https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-athlone/map

Upper Shannon & Erne

Carrick-on-Shannon

Bush Hotel,

Main Street,

Carrick centre

Wednesday 6th

February

2019

6.30pm-9.00pm

North Roscommon

Leitrim

NW Cavan

North Longford

Central Carrick-on-Shannon

http://www.bushhotel.com/contact/find-us/

Lough Erne & Donegal

Enniskillen

Enniskillen Hotel

72 Forthill St

BT74 6AJ

Thursday 7th

February

2019

6.30pm-9.00pm

North Cavan

Fermanagh

Donegal

Central Enniskillen – opposite Dunnes Stores

https://www.enniskillenhotel.com/en/location/


 

Have your say!  We invite you to participate in these workshops and to also invite others who may be interested in participating


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