Place: Skellig Michael
A COMPREHENSIVE SERIES OF ARTICLES ON THIS TOPIC
A COMPREHENSIVE SERIES OF ARTICLES ON THIS TOPIC
For sheer unadulterated exhilaration, it is hard to beat a boat excursion to the Bull Rock off Dursey Island, Co Cork.
Mon, 15 Jul, 2019
The opening of Skellig Michael in Kerry for the summer season has been deferred by the Office of Public Works (OPW), the Government agency responsible for its upkeep and for the running of all national monuments.
Mon, 13 May, 2019
If I handed you a list of the top 10 things to do in Ireland before you die, how many do you reckon you could tick off?
Fri, 10 May, 2019
When a giant stained glass window was unveiled last week opposite Belfast City Hall, the installation marked the start of a new campaign to showcase the North as the ‘Game of Thrones Territory’ to the millions of fans of the television series around the world.
Mon, 22 Apr, 2019
Abbey Island can be reached in just a few steps across the beach at Derrynane, Co Kerry.
Mon, 15 Apr, 2019
The charming village of Portmagee, Co Kerry, is known as the gateway to the Skellig islands and it hosts tens of thousands of people annually who take the 45-minute boat trip to the Unesco world heritage site.
Mon, 08 Apr, 2019
Applications have opened for commercial permits to operate boats to Skellig Michael, the World Heritage sixth-century monastic site off the coast of Kerry, made more famous globally by the movie series Star Wars.
Wed, 19 Dec, 2018
Cork County Council has been told to prepare plans to get a number of harbour forts, Martello towers, and what was once the largest gunpowder factory in the world added to Unesco’s world heritage status list.
Thu, 13 Sep, 2018
There were times during Joey Carbery’s explanation of his decision to leave Leinster when you wondered whether the gifted fly-half had lost his grasp of geography.
Fri, 01 Jun, 2018
Skellig Michael will remain closed to visitors for at least another three weeks, meaning the island made famous by Star Wars could be facing its shortest-ever tourist season.
Tue, 01 May, 2018
Missing out on Ed Sheeran in Páirc Uí Chaoimh? Not to worry,has plenty of options for the May bank holiday weekend.
Sat, 28 Apr, 2018
Forts and Martello towers dotted around Cork Harbour and what was once the biggest gunpowder factory in the British empire could soon be designated as Unesco World Heritage sites.
Wed, 11 Apr, 2018
The Beast from the East brought an unexpected gift; a brambling turned up in the mist net in my back-garden.
Mon, 26 Mar, 2018
IT’S commonplace nowadays to hear concerns about the impact of large numbers of visitors on wild places, writes
Mon, 19 Mar, 2018
Suitable land is being sought to provide a third car park in a Kerry harbour village, the main departure point for Skellig Michael, which features in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Wed, 31 Jan, 2018
Despite the Brexit threat and our corporate tax structure facing challenges, one Irish industry has begun 2018 with a decidedly optimistic fanfare.
Mon, 29 Jan, 2018
Imagine celebrating Ireland’s national apostle, not in March, but in high summer.
Mon, 22 Jan, 2018
Canada is taking a lead role in seeking Unesco World Heritage status for a residential Irish island.
Mon, 15 Jan, 2018
Tourism Ireland sent an ad to a galaxy far, far away!
Thu, 07 Dec, 2017
Many of us tend to idealise life beside the ocean and imagine balmy summer evenings with the sea gently lapping nearby and a glorious sunset emblazoned on the sky, writes
Mon, 20 Nov, 2017
‘Traffic bottlenecks’ are developing on the Wild Atlantic Way tourist route in peak season. Fáilte Ireland has said long delays and capacity issues are “negatively affecting the visitor experience”, according to an internal brief.
Mon, 13 Nov, 2017
Road trip, part one: Last weekend, my husband and I took off on a day trip. Up the west coast on a whim we went, following what felt like the road to freedom in warm, balmy air, returning 10 hours later, our minds as smooth and untroubled as freshly laid eggs.
Sat, 28 Oct, 2017
The Office of Public Works is to consider extending the visitor season to Skellig Michael, the Unesco world heritage site in Co Kerry.
Wed, 04 Oct, 2017
Tourism is one of the industries that contribute significantly to our economy, so we should be aware of trends in the wider world of tourism, especially those that might represent a threat to the goose that lays the golden egg.
Wed, 04 Oct, 2017
Our coastal islands possess fascinating stories but the almost countless islands on Irish lakes have their fair share of stories too: an abandoned hippy colony on Roeillaun in Lough Corrib Co Galway; a round tower sacked by the Vikings on Devenish Island, Co Fermanagh.
Mon, 18 Sep, 2017
From chocolate workshops to horse riding, Kenmare is one of Ireland’s best holiday destinations for children, writes.
Sat, 16 Sep, 2017
An extension of the visitor season and number of boats operating to world heritage site Skellig Michael have been firmly ruled out.
Thu, 24 Aug, 2017
Kerry is open for business and tourism but there are issues around parking, traffic, dog fouling, and rubbish, writes
Tue, 15 Aug, 2017
Lucasfilms/Star Wars is to be asked to contribute towards the provision of a public car park in the fishing village of Portmagee in south Kerry because of the influx of so many visitors
Mon, 07 Aug, 2017
In 1977 we were introduced to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia for the first time. To mark 40 years of Star Wars,took a trip to Skellig Michael (aka the planet Ahch-To), set to take centre stage again.
Sat, 05 Aug, 2017
The Camino of St James has been the walking tourism phenomenon of the 21st
Mon, 17 Jul, 2017
Stunning footage Skellig Michael and the Wild Atlantic Way can be seen in a brand new behind-the-scenes teaser video for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Sun, 16 Jul, 2017
Valentia Island’s telecommunications history is “of outstanding universal value” and it should be inscribed as a Unesco world heritage site, 200 delegates at a convention will hear this weekend.
Sat, 15 Jul, 2017
Six months after Rescue 116 crashed into an island that was not included in its onboard warning system, serious questions have been raised about when the company first learned about this lethal danger.
Fri, 14 Jul, 2017
Four months after the Rescue 116 disaster off Black Rock fresh questions have been raised about when the company responsible for an onboard warning system were first alerted to shortcomings in the system,
Thu, 13 Jul, 2017
The near completion and €3m renovation of a hotel complex will provide a major tourism boost to a South Kerry town.
Mon, 03 Jul, 2017
FOR much longer than millennia, islands have been a source of intrigue, writes. Someone gazes out from the mainland wondering: “What is out there?”
Mon, 26 Jun, 2017
There has been a surge in visitor numbers to Skellig Michael, according 2016 figures released by the Office of Public Works (OPW).
Mon, 12 Jun, 2017
A boatman who brings visitors to Skellig Michael has brought a High Court action over the Minister for Transport's decision to limit the season in which passengers can be landed at the UNESCO world heritage site.
Fri, 19 May, 2017
Skellig Michael, the world heritage site off the coast of Kerry, is to open to visitors this weekend.
Fri, 12 May, 2017
The Office of Public Works (OPW) has issued an extra 13 permits to boatmen to bring visitors to Skellig Michael as they say they are "cautiously optimistic" the island will open to the public on schedule next month.
Mon, 24 Apr, 2017
MORE than 1,400 years ago the rocky outcrop of Skellig Michael in Kerry became home to a small group of men seeking religious solitude and isolation on one of the most extraordinary islands on earth.
Thu, 13 Apr, 2017
The rise in Star Wars-related interest in Kerry’s Skellig Coast is prompting local tourism interests to widen the choice of attractions.
Tue, 21 Mar, 2017