Council Hosts Inspirational ‘Tale of Two Oceans’ Lecture To Support UNESCO Global Geopark Status Proposal
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council hosted an inspirational ‘Tale of Two Oceans’ lecture in the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry on Thursday 10 May 2018 to support UNESCO Global Geopark status for the area.
The event guest lecture was delivered by Dr Kirstin Lemon from the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and considered plans to secure UNESCO Global Geopark status within the district’s three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB); Mourne, Ring of Gullion and Strangford & Lecale.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew said, “Dr Lemon shared interesting insights about the area’s geological history and discussion centred on ways in which the geological heritage could be used to provide sustainable tourism, recreational opportunities, generate economic benefits and increase awareness of the area's natural assets.”
Cllr Mulgrew continued, “The proposed UNESCO Global Geopark area uses the rocks and landscapes to tell a tale of two oceans; one that has long since disappeared, and one that has 'recently' opened. The unique geological heritage of the area spans over 400 million years of history, providing evidence of these two vast oceans and so much more besides.”
Cllr Mulgrew added, “UNESCO Global Geopark status for the area will play a key role in differentiating the region and in giving it a much stronger and cohesive market identity. The proposed UNESCO Global Geopark will bring significant economic benefits and will also have an important role to play in empowering local communities, giving them the opportunities to develop cohesive partnerships with the common goal of promoting the area’s significant geological and heritage attritbutes”.
Pictured at the ‘Tale of Two Oceans’ Lecture in the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry on Thursday 10 May 2018 are (L-R): Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew; Geological Survey of Northern Ireland Dr Kirstin Lemon, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Tourism Development Officer, Michelle Boyle and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Assistant Director of Tourism, Culture and Events, Andy Patterson.