The Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare have made it to a shortlist of 28 finalists to be considered for the new seven wonders of the world.

The cliffs are country's most popular visitor site, with almost 1m visitors a year.

The process of selecting the final seven natural wonders of the world will now begin.

However, is expected to take until at least 2011 before the seven wonders are announced.

Director of the Cliffs of Moher Experience Catherine Webster welcomed the news and said it was a huge endorsement of the cliffs as a true feat and spectacle of nature.

She said they had worked very hard on promoting the cliffs worldwide and thanked the thousands of visitors who had emailed and voted.

The shortlist also contains the Amazon, the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef and Angel Falls.