Skellig Michael is reopening to visitors today, a day later than planned after a major rockfall on Monday. A large boulder fell from a slope, and landed on a path which would normally be taken by visitors to the base of the South Steps. The Office of Public Works postponed yesterday’s opening of the season for the UNESCO World Heritage Site, following rockfall on Monday, in order to make the island safe. They carried out engineering and technical assessments in vulnerable areas, and concluded the main risk of further rockfalls has passed, but they’ll continue to monitor the situation. Officials have warned however they may have to close the island again at short notice if risks arise, in the interests of safety. If there are no further incidents, the OPW expects the site to remain open to the public until the scheduled closing date of October 2nd. Local boatmen have said they’re booked up for an estimated 80 per cent of the season already.
Ger Counihan is chairman of the Kerry Vintners’ Federation. They met Minister Ross this week to raise concerns about rural towns and villages.http://media.radiokerry.ie/upload/radiokerry/audio/repeatger.mp3