Hopes Skellig Michael Will Be Open To Visitors Again Next Weekend

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IT is hoped Skellig Michael will be safely open to visitors again by next Saturday according to the Office of Public Works.

Since the rockfall on 13 June which necessitated the temporary closure of the island to visitors for health and safety reasons, the OPW has progressed investigations and safety measures to restore safe access to the island as soon as possible.

“Specialist teams are on site to visually assess and remove debris and we hope to welcome visitors back on Saturday, July 2. The reopening date is, of course, subject to weather conditions remaining favourable,” read a statement from the OPW.

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Minister with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Patrick O’Donovan, T.D., said: “Our staff, supported by experts and colleagues in the National Parks and Wildlife Service in the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, are currently on site and are taking all necessary steps to enable a safe return of visitors within the shortest possible turnaround time while strictly adhering to any environmental and other legal obligations imposed at this UNESCO World Heritage Site that is, at the same time, a sanctuary for breeding sea birds.”

He continued: “Sceilg Mhichíl is one of Ireland’s most iconic heritage sites and plays an important role in the local tourism economy, which we are proud to support through this and other OPW sites in the county. We thank our local partners for their continued assistance in managing unforeseen incidents like these or adverse weather events in what is a challenging natural environment. Together with them, we look forward to the reopening of Sceilg Mhichíl at the start of July so that visitors can enjoy safe access to the island again this summer in addition to the other beautiful attractions in South Kerry.”

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