Feasibility Study for Pilgrim Way along the Shannon Erne Waterway
Consultative Workshops/ February 2019
In late 2018, West Limerick Resources, in association with 13 local development companies (LDCs) and thirteen local authorities along the entire Shannon –Erne navigation, commissioned SLR Consulting and Alan Hill Tourism Development to investigate the feasibility of developing an internationally attractive, iconic Pilgrim Way along the Shannon Erne waterway. The area under consideration embraces a 20km wide corridor from Kerry-Clare-Limerick on the Shannon Estuary northwards through the Shannon lakes to the Shannon-Erne Waterway through to the Erne system in Fermanagh-Donegal as in the map below.
The aim is to develop an iconic international ‘Pilgrim Way’ based on the rich early Christian and Viking heritage of the Early Medieval period in Ireland. Well known ecclesiastical sites include Scattery Island, Iniscealtra (Holy Island, Clare), Clonmacnoise (Offaly), Quaker Island (Lough Ree), Boyle Abbey (Roscommon), Devenish Island (Lough Erne) and the iconic pilgrimage site at Lough Derg (St Patrick’s) in Donegal, among others. Many more, lesser known sites are included in the overall analysis for a total of more than 100 sites in total.
The Consultants’ team is holding a series of Consultative Workshops on the feasibility of an iconic Pilgrim Way in early February 2019. See programme below –
Please choose which workshop to attend, and let them know your choice!
If you can attend on any of the dates, please reply directly to this email by Monday 21st January 2019 if possible.
These workshops will aim to engage with local authorities, statutory heritage managers/ tourism & heritage operators/ community heritage activists/ transport and activity providers, heritage guides and NGO sectors.
Or indeed anyone who can contribute to developing ideas for how an internationally significant Pilgrim Way might optimally function and operate along the entire Shannon-Erne system.
The consultants seek your inputs on the key heritage and conservation issues, as many sites are active sites of worship and sacred to their communities. They will also examine potential sustainable ‘ways’ to link these special sites (walk, cycle, boat, bus transport), as well as visitor management (accommodation, food, guidance, transport, parking etc)? What are the opportunities that may contribute to economic development and sustaining rural communities? What are the likely constraints?
|SUB-REGIONAL WORKSHOP||LOCATION||VENUE||DATE||TIME||Source Counties|
|Lower Shannon||Limerick||Kilmurry Lodge Hotel, Dublin Rd, Castletroy, Limerick||Mon 4th Feb 2019||6.30pm-9.00pm||Kerry
|Mid-Shannon||Athlone||Radisson Blu, Northgate St.Athlone||Tues 5thth Feb 2019||6.30pm-9.00pm||Offaly
|Upper Shannon & Erne||Carrick-on-Shannon||Bush Hotel, Main Street, Carrick on Shannon
|Lough Erne & Donegal||Enniskillen||Enniskillen Hotel, 72 Forthill St, Enniskillen, BT74 6AJ
|Thurs 7th Feb 2019||6.30pm-9.00pm||North Cavan
Have your say! You are invited to participate in these workshops and to also invite others who may be interested in participating.