Specialist believes it could be decades before more major rockfalls on Skellig

A senior conservation architect with the OPW says it could be 20 years before there’s another significant rockfall on Skellig Mhíchíl.

Grellan Rourke was speaking after rocks, shale and other debris were found on the Lighthouse Road on the UNESCO World Heritage Site last Friday, when OPW staff arrived to carry out pre-season maintenance and safety checks.

A specialist safety contractor is to carry out a detailed examination of the rockfall.

There was a similar event last year when boulders fell from the steep slopes and caused damage to the Lighthouse Road and its seaward wall.

Grellan Rourke believes these significant rockfalls aren’t becoming commonplace, and feels it could be up to 20 years before there’s another one.