Work is completed in County Mayo on two dramatically located meditation centres overlooking the Atlantic.

Mayo joins places like Kathmandu and Machu Picchu as a place of meditation and contemplation as part of the 'Spirit of Place' project.

High above the Erris coastline at Dún na mBó Point a newly built granite wall encircles a dizzying blow hole. A triangular chamber completes what's set to become a breath taking viewing platform for visitors.

A spiritual sheltering place has been created by a team of Irish American architects at Annagh Head.

Travis Price of the 'Spirit of Place' design team says that the objective is that people experience a slight intervention of a piece of architecture and to feel a spiritual or emotional respite.

The two meditation centres have been built by 25 architecture students from Washington's Catholic University along with local council workers. The cost of the construction was €150,000.

Similar complexes have been created at nine sites of worldwide significance.

Peter Hynes of Mayo County Council explains that the meditation complex will link Mayo with other 'Spirit of Place' projects in places like Kathmandu in Nepal and Machu Picchu in Peru. He is hopeful that the new centre will attract more people to visit the county and explore the landscape as a place of contemplation.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 14 August 2002. The reporter is Jim Fahy.