EU Ireland-Wales CHERISH programme aims to safeguard Kerry coastal heritage sites

Sceilig Beag as seen from Sceilig Mhíchíl. Photo by Marian O'Flaherty

The Skelligs and other heritage and coastal tourism sites in Kerry may soon benefit from a €4 million tranche in EU funding.

The aim is to safeguard heritage and coastal tourism sites in Ireland and Wales specifically.

The EU Ireland-Wales programme – the Climate, Heritage and Environments of Reefs, Islands and Headlands (CHERISH) agency – will provide funding to specialist organisations.

This is to employ technologies to analyse coastal and island archaeology and maritime heritage sites affected by climate change, erosion and rising sea levels.

Among heritage sites under study are the Skellig Islands; other sites include the Saltee Islands, Glascarrig Motte and the Skerries Islands.