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Rathcroghan still on track for UNESCO status

Jul 21, 2022 13:07 By Shannonside News
Rathcroghan still on track for UNESCO status Rathcroghan still on track for UNESCO status
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It's included on a new Tentative List for Ireland.

The manager of the Rathcroghan visitors centre is welcoming the inclusion of the ancient site on Ireland's Tentative List of UNESCO World Heritage Status.

Rathcroghan is one of six sites across the country being put forward under the umbrella of The Royal Sites of Ireland, and includes Uisneach in Westmeath.

Daniel Curley says the site was put on the list over 10 years ago, and this 'renewed list' is another part of the process in trying to get world recognition for Rathcroghan.

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He says the procedure might appear lengthy and complicated, but there's no reason why the status can't be achieved for a number of suites in this country.

''It's a very exclusive list. But I mean, if we were to look at look at ourselves alongside say some of our similarly sized near neighbours such as Scotland or Denmark, and they would have quite a number of UNESCO World Heritage status sites, they would meet a lot of the the attributes that a lot of are very important heritage sites and archaeological sites also possess so it does seem that currently with  this renewal of it is coming at this present time as far as I can see, at least with a greater degree of urgency and interest and need and appetite to see if we can bring this process to a conclusion or a successful conclusion.''

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