Feasibility Study for Pilgrim Way along the Shannon Erne Waterway Consultative Workshop 05/02/19 Athlone

WCD without LTDFeasibility Study for Pilgrim Way along the Shannon Erne Waterway

You are invited to a Consultative Workshop
on 5th February 2019 6.30-9.00pm in Athlone Radisson Blu Hotel

In late 2018, West Limerick Resources, in association with 13 local development companies (LDCs) including Westmeath Community Development and thirteen local authorities along the entire Shannon –Erne navigation, commissioned SLR Consulting and Alan Hill Tourism Development to investigate the feasibility of developing an internationally attractive, iconic Pilgrim Way along the Shannon Erne waterway.  The area under consideration embraces a 20km wide corridor from Kerry-Clare-Limerick on the Shannon Estuary northwards through the Shannon lakes to the Shannon-Erne Waterway through to the Erne system in Fermanagh-Donegal. 

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.

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?

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

For more info on above contact: Bernie Leavy, Leader Development  bleavy@westcd.ie

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