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Taoiseach urges support for Cliffs of Moher in final days of bid for global designation as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature
endacliffs.jpgAn Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D today urged everyone to get behind the Cliffs of Moher in the final days of its campaign to become one of the new seven wonders of nature. The Taoiseach’s call comes within days of the visit of Giovanni Trapattoni, Republic of Ireland Manager to the Cliffs to support the campaign. Those who have strongly supported the campaign include President-elect, Michael D Higgins, Michael Flatley of Lord of the Dance, Barry McGuigan, former world boxing champion, Film Director, Jim Sheridan, Aoibhinn Garrihy of Fair City, international folk singer, Maura O’Connell and many others.
In casting his vote for the Cliffs, the Taoiseach said “the Government understands the importance of tourism to our economy and the necessity to grow visitor numbers into the future. Success in the campaign would lead to very significant economic benefits to the island of Ireland as a whole and the west of Ireland in particular. The designation as one of the global seven wonders of nature can drive tourism revenues and be a very important marketing and promotional tool to attract additional international visitors to our country. I would urge everybody to vote for the Cliffs of Moher and ensure Ireland will have one of the new seven wonders of nature. Having visited the Cliffs of Moher on many occasions over the years, and standing on those mighty cliffs looking west to Aran and over the broad sweep of the majestic Atlantic brings a truly memorable and unforgettable experience.”
The Cliffs of Moher lie on the edge of the Atlantic ocean and form a 200 metre tall buttress along the North Clare coastline on the west coast of Ireland. Stretching for over 8 kilometres they are home to a wide variety of seabirds and marine wildlife as well as spectacular geological features and formations. Tourists have been visiting the Cliffs of Moher for hundreds of years to marvel at nature’s work.
The iconic County Clare landmark was shortlisted in the New 7 Wonders of Nature competition in July 2009, along with 27 other sites, from over 440 participants representing 220 countries.
Among the other shortlisted sites are the Amazon Rainforest (South America), Table Mountain (SA), Black Forest (G), Vesuvius (IT), Galapagos Islands (EC), The Great Barrier Reef (AU) and The Grand Canyon (USA).
Councillor Pat Hayes, Mayor of Clare, stated “We have received very strong support to date in this campaign. I am delighted that the Taoiseach has personally backed the bid of the Cliffs of Moher to make the final listing of the new seven wonders of nature. Anybody who has visited the Cliffs of Moher appreciates their splendour and the outstanding natural environment that justifies a designation as one of the seven wonders of nature. The push is now on to maximise the vote for the Cliffs in the final 10 days of the competition. Let’s all do the best we can to make it happen for the Cliffs and for Ireland. Vote today for the Cliffs of Moher and get your friends and relations to do so as well”.
The global online campaign will run till 11.11 a.m. on 11th November 2011 (11/11/11) and will select seven of the 28 global finalists via popular vote to be crowned the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The original 440 candidates were reduced to 28 in July 2009 and the organisers, Swiss non-profit New 7 Wonders Foundation, expect to collect a total of one billion votes in the campaign overall.
Votes can be cast at www.n7w.com or by texting MOHER to 53131(Texts cost 30 cents each)