Cape Clear residents looking for support to preserve ‘Access for All’ on island

Posted on: 5th October, 2017

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

Cape Clear Island residents are looking for support to preserve one of the most outstanding natural amenities on the Island to maintain public access and conservation.

The Cape Clear Trust needs to raise €60,000 to purchase the site, which comprises 45 acers including almost the entire south-eastern side of South Harbour. This includes the very popular red walking loop with scenery of outstanding natural beauty, important habitat of the endangered Chough and the most south-westerly point in Europe for land-based whale, dolphin and bird watching currently open to the public. Thousands of people will be familiar this outstanding natural amenity.

This land belongs to author Chuck Kruger and his wife Nell, founders of the Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival. The couple have agreed to sell over 45 acres of their land to the Trust to maintain public access and conservation.

For over 30 years, Chuck and Nell’s generosity has allowed public access to their property and it is this access that Cape Clear Trust wishes to preserve in perpetuity under the slogan ‘Ceart slí don uile dhuine’, translated as ‘Access for all’.

Cape Clear Island has a permanent population of 125 and comprises 1650 acres. The Island is a famous ornithological and whale watching destination with a bird observatory and resident warden. Most of the Island is a Special Area of Conservation and it has a resident population of the endangered, chough seabird. Located at the most southwestern extreme of Ireland it has unique historical, cultural and geographical importance

The public can contribute by co-funding plots of five or 10m2 as detailed on our FB page www.facebook.com/IontabhasCleire/ and www.CapeClearTrust.ie

The Trust is also seeking corporate sponsorship and support from any other foundation or trust that shares its aims.

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