Thursday 23 November 2017

Nuala's memory still brings a smile

Gordon Deegan

A NEW visitor centre dedicated to the memory of Nuala O'Faolain was opened by her friend Marian Finucane yesterday.

The cave in Doolin, Co Clare, is home to one of the largest free-hanging stalactites in the world, at 23ft long.

The opening of the centre follows a 20-year struggle by a north Clare couple, John and Helen Browne, for visitor facilities.

Ms Finucane told the Brownes: "You must be congratulated for your tenacity and dedication. Nuala would be so proud that the stalactite can be seen by everyone, not just potholers."

Mrs Browne confirmed yesterday that they had spent €1.5m on the entire development. They opened the cave to the public four years ago without any visitor facilities.

With the visitor centre open, the Brownes hope to increase visitor numbers to 55,000 per annum over the next five years.

The centre was also dedicated to Ms Browne's late brother and former chairman of the Clare County Board, Fr Michael McNamara, who died last year.

Irish Independent

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