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One of Ireland's most popular tourist attractions, the Burren in Co. Clare is in a bid to receive Geopark status.
Clare County Council has submitted an application to the European Geoparks Network in the hopes of getting European and Global Geoparks status for the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher.
If the plans are approved the European Geopark in north Clare will include a network of accessible sites, and an education and a visitor centre .
The European Geoparks Network (EGN) aims to protect geodiversity and to promote geological heritage. The network currently consists of 37 territories in 15 European countries.
Two sites in Ireland already have Geopark status including the Copper Coast Geopark in Waterford, and the Marble Arc Cave Geopark in Cavan and Fermanagh.