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Skellig Michael To Reopen In May

By Dave Simpson
Skellig Michael To Reopen In May

Skellig Michael will reopen to visitors on Saturday 13 May.


According to a statement published on, The Office of Public Works (OPW), which manages the UNESCO World Heritage site, stated that access will be depend on favourable weather, sea and island conditions.

All prospective visitors are encouraged to view the Sceilg Mhichíl Safety Video prior to visiting the island.

The statement published on quoted Minister of State with responsibility for the OPW Patrick O'Donovan as saying, "I am very pleased to announce the reopening to visitors of this unique world heritage site for the summer season. Sceilg Mhichíl is one of Ireland's most iconic heritage sites and plays an important role in the local tourism economy, which we are proud to support through this and other OPW sites in the county."

Speaking about the island's participation in a global initiative to safeguard cultural landmarks from the effects of climate change, Minister O'Donovan said, "Sceilg Mhichíl is undoubtedly one of the most challenging sites in the care of the OPW. Our team carries out tremendous work against the severe challenges of its location, isolation and unpredictable weather conditions to ensure safe access for visitors and the protection of the island's heritage."


Preserving Legacies: A Future For Our Past

Sceilg Mhichíl is one of 10 sites worldwide that are participating in the Preserving Legacies: A Future For Our Past project.

The project will equip communities worldwide with the tools to accurately anticipate and assess worsening and future climate impacts on culture, and help them turn that scientific knowledge into action to safeguard sites.

The OPW, National Monuments Service (NMS) and National Park and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will develop the scientific knowledge and technical training of site management teams and the local community at Sceilg Mhichíl to develop place and people-based climate change adaptation plans for the islands.

Minister O'Donovan added, "As custodians of this World Heritage property we in the OPW, alongside NMS and NPWS, are privileged to work with others around the globe in this important project, strengthening our engagement with the community of south Kerry in terms of the island’s value and significance."

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