Hundreds of thousands of euro has been earmarked for the restoration of the iconic O’Brien’s Tower, the highest point looking out over the Cliffs of Moher, it was revealed today.
Millions of tourists flock to the Co Clare tower’s viewing platform for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, Galway Bay, the Aran Islands and, on a clear day, as far south as the Kerry Mountains.
Works to be carried out over the coming weeks include re-pointing, dry-lining, and structural repairs, as well as replacement of the interior staircases and fittings.
The mayor of Clare, Madeleine Taylor-Quinn, said the completed restoration would encourage even more people to visit.
“O’Brien’s Tower is not just a county landmark, with great historical significance, but also a place to which many throughout Ireland and the world have fond and warm attachment,” she said.
The tower, built by local landlord Cornelius O’Brien in 1835, has been closed since construction began on the €31.5 million visitor centre and is due to reopen for the 2009 season.
The tower is also a popular spot for locals hoping to catch a glimpse of one of the world’s biggest waves, known as Aill Na Searrach - Aileen's - which reaches 60ft several times a year and has been ridden by surfers.