30th anniversary celebrations at Marble Arch Caves

Published: 1st June 2015

More than 1,500 people visited the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre yesterday for a family fun day organised to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the opening of the caves to the public. The free family fun day activities were funded by the INTERREG IVA Border Uplands Project which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

Throughout the afternoon visitors enjoyed a fun packed programme of celebration activity including fossil hunting, backpack explorer activities, storytelling, face painting, balloon modelling and bouncy castles.

More than 1.5 million visitors from over 100 countries have visited the Marble Arch Caves since they were opened to the public by the former Fermanagh District Council on 29 May 1985. Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is now responsible for the operation of the Marble Arch Caves.

Speaking at the 30th anniversary family fun day, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, said:

“It is wonderful to see so many people celebrating this anniversary milestone.

Over the last 30 years there has been much work to develop the Marble Arch Caves and later, the Global Geopark, into a world class visitor experience. I would like to commend all those involved in developing this area of international geological importance into what it is today. I hope that locals and visitors alike will continue to enjoy the Marble Arch Caves and the Global Geopark for many years to come.”

The Marble Arch Caves are the flagship site within the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, a status endorsed by UNESCO to recognise areas of special geological importance. The Marble Arch Caves were first awarded Geopark status in 2001. Since then the Geopark has expanded significantly, spanning from the northern shores of Lower Lough Erne in County Fermanagh to Lough Oughter in County Cavan, making it the first ever cross-border Global Geopark in the world. The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark showcases some of the finest natural landscapes on the island of Ireland.

For further information about the Marble Arch Caves and the Global Geopark please visit www.marblearchcavesgeopark.com or telephone 028 6634 8855.

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