Designation sought for North Kerry as region of historical heritage

Listowel Castle 2Every town and village in North Kerry has something to offer in terms of architectural heritage. That’s according to eminent historian Dr Declan Downey from Tarbert who is working as part of the North Kerry Tourism Task-Force in developing the region as an architectural heritage destination. In an address before the monthly meeting of Listowel Municipal District Dr Downey said the “wonderful architecture of North Kerry” was one of the county’s greatest assets. He said the region’s rich heritage included examples of Medieval, Romanesque and Gothic architecture and if highlighted, this aspect of tourism would “draw people back to North Kerry”. A guide, detailing North Kerry’s architectural heritage has been compiled for visitors to the region. Dr Downey also outlined that an application for special designation of North Kerry – as a heritage or historical region – had been made. John O’Sullivan of the North Kerry Tourism Task-Force told members at the meeting that historical heritage tourism makes up one billion of Ireland’s 7 billion euro tourism industry. Consequently the economic potential for this type of tourism in North Kerry was “tremendous”, he added.