“the first transnational Geopark in the world..”

Speaking at an event attended by Irish Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD, the Northern Ireland Enterprise Minister, Arlene Foster, has welcomed the launch of the UNESCO approved expansion of Marble Arch Caves Geopark into County Cavan, making it the world’s “first transnational Geopark” [No passport required – Ed].

The [NI] minister said: “Today’s expansion announcement places the Marble Arch Caves firmly on the map as the first transnational Geopark in the world. “Geoparks are territories where the Earth’s geological heritage can be safeguarded and sustainably managed.”

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  • pauljames

    Nice to see Arlene keep up the good work, but no comment from fellow DUPers about the description of Marble Arch’s 340 million year history in the brochures? Surely Mervyn and Edwin wont stand for this scientific nonsense?

  • Chris Donnelly

    Wonder will the winners of the international All-Ireland football competition pay a visit to this trans-national park…

  • joeCanuck

    She might have made some effort to get the facts correct:

    Rugged, windswept mountains rise abruptly out of gentle prairie grassland in spectacular Waterton Lakes National Park. Here, several different ecological regions meet and interact in a landscape shaped by wind, fire, flooding, and abundant plants and wildlife. The park helps protect the unique and unusually diverse physical, biological and cultural resources found in the Crown of the Continent: one of the narrowest places in the Rocky Mountains. The highlight of Waterton’s sparkling chain of lakes is the international Upper Waterton Lake, the deepest lake in the Canadian Rockies. In 1932, the park was joined with Montana’s Glacier National Park to form the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park – a world first.

  • joeCanuck

    In other words, a rose by any other name….

  • Reader

    joeCanuck: In other words, a rose by any other name…
    The Rockies – transnational? That’s partitionist talk. Canada is just part of America anyway, or was until European planters got there and sliced it all up…
    Chris Donnelly: Wonder will the winners of the international All-Ireland football competition pay a visit to this trans-national park…
    Let’s hope so. I don’t follow the Setanta Cup competition myself, but it gives one a warm glow that it happens at all.

  • joeCanuck

    until European planters got there and sliced it all up…

    I thought we were talking about Canada and the USA not Ireland?

  • Reader

    joeCanuck: I thought we were talking about Canada and the USA not Ireland?
    Both. After all, the point of your own contribution was to point out parallels.

  • hotdogx

    The first part of the border to disappear!!!!!!!!