What impact would an interpretative centre at The Burren have on a place of such environmental importance and archaeological heritage?
Encompassing towns in Galway and Clare like Ballyvaughan, Kinvara, Lisdoonvarna, Doolin, Corofin and Lahinch, The Burren means "A Rocky Place".
One of the most beautiful parts of the entire world, one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland which is known as The Burren of County Clare.
The limestone region, dating back three hundred million years, is a vast and beautiful rock garden.
A lunar landscape and an underground world of caves and rivers.
Around four thousand years ago, farmers were attracted to the area because of its mild, moist, Atlantic climate. The Burren is also a huge attraction to visitors from both Ireland and abroad who travel to the area to see the unique geographic land formations, vegetation, wildlife, and rich archaeological heritage.
Now a controversy has emerged in the Burren. The Office of Public Works (OPW) wants to build an interpretative centre in the middle of the area. While some locals support the plans, others are very much against it claiming that the plans are being pushed through without proper consultation. The interpretative centre will need car parks, access roads, restaurants, toilets and other services. While the plan would bring more tourism to the region, many believe it would have a detrimental impact on the environment.
This episode of 'The Late Late Show' was broadcast on 6 March 1992. The presenter is Gay Byrne.