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Cliffs of Moher New Visitors Center to Officially Open in February

American Couple Contributes to Cliffs First-Aid Facility


The Clare County Council has officially announced that the new $40 million Cliffs of Moher Visitor’s Center will officially open on February 8th, 2007. Leading the ceremony will be Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern.

Speaking of the project, Mayor of Clare Flan Garvey said the project would “greatly enhance the visitor experience at one of Ireland’s most significant and popular tourist locations.” He added, “I am confident that the new Visitor center building and associated facilities will help establish the Cliffs of Moher as the flagship of Irish tourism.”

From the winning design selected from an architectural competition over twelve years ago, the new buildings have been subsumed into the contours of the local terrain and covered by the grass hills to minimize any visual impact. The building includes a restaurant, café, shop and state of the art exhibits and displays on a range of aspects of the Cliffs of Moher.

Another important consideration in the new facilities was safety.

According to Project Leader Gerard Dollard, “As it was not feasible to patrol the estimated 8 kilometers of cliffs, the Local Authority decided to put in place significant safety management measures along designated official pathways.

"The enhanced measures include new viewing platforms set back from the cliff edge which give panoramic views out over the Atlantic, reinstatement of banks to provide a low level physical obstruction at the cliff edge, pictorial signage throughout the development to overcome language barriers and the employment of rangers at the site since May 2006 to patrol the cliff edge area.”

In addition, Kelly and Delia Stokes – a Phoenix, AZ couple whose newborn son tragically passed away at the Cliffs in July 2006 – contributed $86,000 toward a new First Aid facility at the site. It will be named “Nicholas’ Room’ in honor of their son.

When the couple recently visited the Cliffs, Kelly said ‘We have been overwhelmed by the support and assistance given to us by the people of Ireland following the tragic events which occurred on our first visit to the Cliffs.”

He continued, “County Clare is now very much part of our lives and we wish to play our part in initiatives which suitably commemorate our son. We hope to benefit visitors to the Cliffs of Moher and the people of Clare who may require the assistance of the local emergency services in the future.”

Mayor Garvey thanked the couple, “This is a wonderful and very positive approach out of what have been very sad circumstances.”

Clare County Council anticipates that over one million people will visit the Cliffs of Moher New Visitor Experience in 2007. For more on the Cliffs of Moher and the visit by the Clare delegation to the US, call 718-745-3731 or log on to www.cliffsofmoher.ie.


The Stokes family names the Cliffs medical facility in honor of their late son Nicholas.

The beautiful Cliffs of Moher
The beautiful Cliffs of Moher

The new -- and much safer -- Cliff walkways have already been opened
The new -- and much safer -- Cliff walkways have already been opened.

The New Visitors Centre at The Cliffs of Moher
The New Visitors Centre at The Cliffs of Moher