Explore the best of Ireland’s rugged west coast; Katie McGonagle; Telegraph

Explore the rugged charms and warm hospitality of the west coast of Ireland with a scenic drive along the Wild Atlantic Way.

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Cork sites eye Unesco heritage status; Sean O’Riordan; Irish Examiner

Cork County Council has been told to prepare plans to get a number of harbour forts, Martello towers, and what was once the largest gunpowder factory in the world added to Unesco’s world heritage status list.

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Secrets of Ireland’s ancient passage tomb Knowth published free online; Irish Central

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the world-renowned Eastern Tomb at Knowth, the Royal Irish Academy is publishing six books on the excavation, online, for free.

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Set-jetting: The film and TV locations blighted by overtourism; Irish Examiner

Cornish beaches featured in TV series Poldark have become overrun, prompting authorities to deter visitors. But it’s a problem worldwide…

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Heritage sites coming to life after weather scorches land; Colin Gannon; The Irish World

The recent hot summer unearthed previously hidden or forgotten archaeological treasures as unrelenting, intense sunshine scorched the land.

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€500,000 cost to run Skellig Michael; Anna Lucey; Irish Examiner

New figures released on request by the Office of Public Works reveal the yearly cost of running Skellig Michael is over €500,000.

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Heritage group alarmed at rising number of visitors to Skellig Michael; Anne Lucey; Irish Times

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In Photos: Ireland’s Newgrange Passage Tomb and Henge; Tom Melcalfe; Live Science

A drone flyby has revealed a huge Neolithic henge near a passage tomb at Newgrange in Ireland.

Source: In Photos: Ireland’s Newgrange Passage Tomb and Henge

The heatwave is uncovering new ancient archaeological sites in the UK and Ireland; Andrea Smith; Lonely Planet

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Drone filming on Skellig Michael poses risk to puffins, warns An Taisce; Lorna Siggins; Irish Times

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Department of Culture says wildlife documentary work will be ‘strictly supervised’

An Taisce has expressed concern about the impact of drone use on Skellig Michael’s seasonal puffin population during filming of a documentary on the Unesco world heritage site.

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht confirmed that “limited filming” of a wildlife documentary would take place on the Skelligs off the Kerry coast in June, using a drone, but said it would be “strictly supervised”.

An Taisce advocacy officer Ian Lumley said he has no objection in principle to the documentary but questioned the use of a drone for close camera work when puffins and other birdlife are nesting on the islands.

He has called on the department to introduce “strict protocols” on drone use.

Atlantic puffins are listed as an endangered species in Europe, and are “globally threatened with extinction”, according to Birdlife International’s latest Status of the World’s Birds report.

The long transatlantic migration undertaken by puffins to and from Irish islands sometimes leaves them too exhausted to breed, according to work published last year by scientists from University College Cork (UCC) and Oxford University.

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