FOUR new inter-connected visitor initiatives for Derrynane National Park have been launched at a reception in the historic Derrynane House by the Minister with responsibility for the OPW, Seán Canney.
The developments include a seashore nature trail, the launch of a Discover Derrynane family activity weekend, a new website for Derrynane House and the launch of a consultation process for the draft Derrynane conservation management plan.
The seashore nature trail has been completely updated with new information, technology and site characteristics to help visitors learn about its unique environment.
Recent improvements at the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell include a new visitor and reception entrance, the installation of a lift and with accessibility works in the courtyard and a redesign of the exhibition spaces with improved graphics and signage.
Minister Canney encouraged observations on the draft conservation management plan and he said his office has an important conservation remit to maintain built heritage in State care.
“I would encourage all those interested in the essence and cultural significance of Derrynane to submit their observations on our new website,” he said.
The Discover Derrynane weekend, held this weekend in partnership with organisations such as the National Biodiversity Data Centre, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group and the National Parks and Wildlife Service, will place an emphasis on on community, heritage and educational initiatives.