OPW may extend season on Skellig Michael; Anne Lucey; Irish Examiner

Ireland – Sceilg Mhichíl

The Office of Public Works is to consider extending the visitor season to Skellig Michael, the Unesco world heritage site in Co Kerry.

The island closed officially to the public yesterday following a charity event. A review to extend the existing May-October visitor season in 2018 has begun.

The OPW move would be a change of direction. The state agency which manages the island refused to consider the proposal in mid- August.

Demand for access has been unprecedented since filming, in recent years, of Star Wars episodes on the 6th-century monastic site on top of the Skellig.

Boatmen and politicians have been lobbying to extend the season from April to November.

They say the extension would also compensate for weather conditions, allowing the boatmen some leeway for days when they cannot undertake the 40-minute journey from the mainland.

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