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The Press Association


UN watchdog to oversee island work

World heritage watchdog, Unesco is to view conservation work on Skellig Michael off the Co Kerry coast, it was confirmed.

The Department of the Environment and Heritage invited Unesco official Tom Hassell to visit and speak to groups who expressed concerns about the works on Skellig.

A world heritage site since 1996, Skellig Michael, meaning Michael's rock, is a steep rocky island about 15km off the Co Kerry coast. A Celtic monastery on the summit of the 230-metre-high rock was built in the 6th century.



example of a World Heritage site ...included to show that many of the listed sites cover large areas -

is the Mound of the Hostages at  Tara not part of the Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne  ....?

Brief Description

The Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathian constitute a transnational serial property of ten separate components along a 185 km axis from the Rakhiv Mountains and the Chornohirskyi Range in Ukraine, west along the Polonynian Ridge, to the Bukovské Vrchy and Vihorlat Mountains in Slovakia.

The ten sites represent an outstanding example of undisturbed, complex temperate forests and exhibit the most complete and comprehensive ecological patterns and processes of pure stands of European beech across a variety of environmental conditions. They contain an invaluable genetic reservoir of beech and many species associated with, and dependent on, these forest habitats. They also represent an outstanding example of the re-colonization and development of terrestrial ecosystems and communities after the last ice age, a process which is still ongoing.


UNESCO to visit Skellig Michael to make sure it is being looked after
UNESCO and ICOMOS International have accepted an invitation from the
Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to visit
Skellig Michael World Heritage Site. The invitation was extended in
order that UNESCO could view the conservation works on the island in
light of some recent adverse comments and in the context of the
drafting of a Management Plan. Mr Tom Hassell has been nominated by
UNESCO to visit the island and he will also take the opportunity to
speak to parties, who expressed concerns regarding works on the
island, on the 26/27/28 November. "



World Heritage List

The World Heritage List includes 851 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value.

These include 660 cultural , 166 natural and 25 mixed properties in 141 States Parties. As of October 2006, 184 States Parties have ratified the World Heritage Convention.


complete list of World Heritage sites on

sites for which application has been made by their  respectiveGovernments 





Isle of Brasil        


Hy-Brassil: Irish origins of Brazil   http://www.irlandeses.org/0607mitchell1.htm



'The Tara Landscape'

 A photo competition to show your idea of the most beautiful hidden feature of the Gabhra Valley or surrounding area.

First prize. A unique weekend for two in West Cork. (Transportation not included).

Entries in jpeg format please 120dpi max 12cm wide (larger sizes will not fit through the mailbox) to tarapark@sacredireland.org

One photo only per entry.  

Some pictures may be used on this site to illustrate the beauty and unique nature of the Valley.





  • Introduction
  • Prehistoric
  • Early Medieval
  • Medieval
  • Post-Medieval/Early Modern
  • Monuments within the broader landscape surrounding the Hill of Tara
  • http://www.m3motorway.ie/Archaeology/ArchaeologicalResearch/POTENTIALSIGNIFICANCEOFTESTINGRESULTS/

     ------------    this is the official report - it isnt new - 2006 - but I've only just come across it