Marble Arch Caves in Fermanagh and old mines in Cavan are part of a push to promote tourism in the border area.

The British and Irish governments commit to spending more money on geologically based tourism along the border. The dramatic beauty of the Marble Arch Caves in Fermanagh and the increasing number of tourists who come to them is a success story in a county which has experienced many dark days. 

Manager of the Marble Arch Caves Richard Watson says that the attraction of up to sixty thousand people per year has benefited this previously unknown part of rural Fermanagh,

In spending power I suppose that’s between a quarter of a million and £400,000 pounds a year to the local economy.

On the other side of the border in Ballyconnell County Cavan, a new initiative was announced by the British and Irish governments. They will spend £170,000 on a geological survey, which will benefit tourism in counties Fermanagh and Cavan. It is all waiting to be discovered, says Doctor John Morris from the Geological Survey of Ireland,

The mining heritage, the old iron ore mines of Redhills, the silver and lead mines at Cootehill. These are all facets of this part of the country which is laying there at the moment, totally unknown to anybody.

The Minister for Energy Noel Treacy said that the success of existing cross-border projects will are continuing to receive a boost from the ongoing momentum of the peace process, which he says has not stalled,

There are people working very hard to get that peace.  We all yearn and search for it.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 August 1994. The reporter is Jim Fahy.