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Traveling Feet - March 28, 2009 - Shownotes & Audio Archive

“Traveling Feet” Broadcasts Live from the Cliffs of Moher; Aillwee Cave, the Dramatic Underworld of the Burren; the Burren Smokehouse in Lisdoonvarna; the Cliffs of Moher Cruises; Shannon Town, County Clare; Renowned Irish Storyteller Eddie Lenihan; Clare Tourism Forum; The Cliffs of Moher in the Running for the New 7 Wonders of the World; the Contemporary and Glamorous “the g”, County Galway.

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“Traveling Feet” is broadcasting live from the Cliffs of Moher Visitors Centre in County Clare, Ireland. The visitor center houses an interactive exhibit designed by Mark Leslie, the Creative Director of Martello Media Design. On route to the Cliffs of Moher visitors will drive through the Burren, an otherworldly looking landscape shaped by the dissolution of limestone. Travelers will also see signs for Aillwee Cave, the dramatic underworld of the Burren area.

Aillwee Cave was formed by a river created from glacial melt at the end of an early ice age. A subterranean river continues to run through the cave and visitors will also see several waterfalls. Aillwee Cave was home to the European Brown Bear before the end of the last ice age.

Walking tours last approximately 35 minutes and allow visitors to travel through a kilometer of the cave. Aillwee Cave has fantastic acoustics and has hosted many choir groups, recording artists and performance artists. One noteworthy performer was the late Marcel Marceau. Various television programs and movies have also been filmed there.

For more information visit http://www.aillweecave.ie/

The Burren Smokehouse in Lisdoonvarna, County Kerry is known to have perfected the process of smoking Irish Atlantic Salmon. Visitors can tour the smokehouse and receive samples of the product. There are demonstrations on the process of smoking fish and information on how it was done over three thousand years ago.

For more information visit http://www.burrensmokehouse.ie/

The Cliffs of Moher Cruises offer daily tours of the Cliffs of Moher costal area seven months of the year, from April 1st to October 31st. The main cruise offered is an hour tour under the Cliffs. Visitors can more closely witness the stunning rock formations and also see the various bird populations. The Cliffs of Moher has the largest colony of Atlantic Puffins in Ireland. Their breeding season is in April and May.

Cruises depart from Doolin Pier throughout the day between 10am and 5:30pm. Visitors have the option of cruising to the nearby Aran Islands, including Inis and Mor. If passengers embark in the morning they can see the Aran Islands in the earlier part of the day and later travel underneath the Cliffs.

For more information visit http://www.mohercruises.com/

The Shannon region of County Clare comprises 10% of the county and is one of only three planned towns in all of Ireland. The area has many notable attractions. Activities include horseback riding, golfing, snorkeling, hiking and fishing. Visitors have the option of staying in a variety of accommodations such as Bed and Breakfasts, self-catering properties and five star hotels. Self-catering refers to privately renting an apartment or home for a vacation stay.

In addition to the Cliffs of the Moher, Shannon also celebrates its transatlantic history at the Foynes Flying Boat Museum. The area has numerous art museums, classic and contemporary pubs and is the home of traditional Irish music. Thousands of festivals take place in the region throughout the year.

For more information visit http://www.shannon-dev.ie/

Renowned Irish author and storyteller, Eddie Lenihan speaks about his book “Defiant Irish Women” which tells the stories of five noteworthy, ruthless Irish women including Maire Rua McMahon and Moll Shaughnessy. Maire Rua McMahon fought to protect her land from the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland and from her multiple husbands. Lenihan has been accumulating stories for over 35 years from oral accounts of members of the rural community.

For more information visit http://www.eddielenihan.com/

Fun Facts:

Scenes from the soon to be released film “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” were filmed at the Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland.

Guests Include:

Barbara Faulkner, Marketing Manager, Aillwee Cave.
www.aillweecave.ie

Peter Curtain, Owner, The Burren Smokehouse.
www.burrensmokehouse.ie

Joan Reilly, Marketing Manager, Cliffs of Moher Cruises.
www.mohercruises.com

Pat Daly, Manager, Tourism Marketing, Shannon Regional Development.
www.shannon-dev.ie

Eddie Lenihan, Author, “Defiant Irish Women”.
www.eddielenihan.com

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Shannon in County Clare has some of the top attractions in Ireland and is easily accessible from Shannon Airport. It is one of the best places to fish in the country. The region is dominated by the Shannon River and also has several lakes and tributaries that are consistently well stocked. Angling is the primary method of sport fishing. It refers to the use of a rod with an attached hook that is then dressed with either lures or bait.

Shannon has 25 golf courses in its region including world-class, championship level courses. A par 72 designed by Robert Trent Jones is located at Adare Manor in Adare, Shannon, one of Ireland's most picturesque towns.  In addition to sports, Shannon is famed for historical sites plus hiking and walking attractions.

For more information visit http://www.shannon-dev.ie/

The Clare Tourism Forum of County Clare has recently launched www.clare.ie, a website that provides detailed information about tourism in the county and a calendar of events. Visitors can obtain various discounted rates for attractions and accommodations in the county by booking a flight to Shannon Airport through Aer Lingus.

For more information on discounts from Aer Lingus visit http://www.clareoffers.com/ or http://www.aerlingus.com/

For more information on Clare visit http://www.clare.ie/

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's most visited tourist attractions. The Cliffs are 8 kilometers long and are some of the highest and most spectacular cliffs in Europe. They rise 700 feet above sea level. The Cliff's of Moher Visitors Center opened in 2007. At its center is an exhibition called Atlantic's Edge. The interactive display designed by Mark Leslie, the Creative Director of Martello Media Design, was awarded Best Exhibition by the Institute of Designers in Ireland in October, 2008.

Initially O'Brien's Tower was the only visitor's center on site at the Cliffs of Moher. The tower has been closed for renovations for the last 3 years and is reopening this summer. It was built in 1835 by a local landlord. It has the best view at the Cliffs and allows visitors to see as far south as the Aran Islands and Galway Bay.

The Cliffs of Moher are in the running for the new Seven Wonders of the World. The Cliffs of Moher Visitors Centre was purposely constructed to reduce the visible impact on the incredible natural landscape. It offers one of Ireland's most stunning views and is arguably one of the world's most stunning displays of natural beauty.

Visit http://www.new7wonders.com/ to vote for the Cliffs of Moher.

For more information visit http://www.cliffsofmoher.ie/

The g is a contemporary boutique property in County Galway that opened in 2006. The “g” of the g stands for Galway and for glamour. The hotel was designed by Philip Treacy, a London milliner and famous hat designer, and built by Gerry Barrett, a local developer in Galway. It has 101 guest rooms, an “Espa” spa and the on site restaurant, the Matz at the G, headed by Executive Chef Stephen Matz.

The ornamental elements of the hotel are striking. The concierge desk is sculpted in the shape of a crest of a wave. There are several lounge areas including the atrium lounge, the gentleman's lounge and the ladies lounge. The ladies lounge has a color scheme of vibrant pink and purple. It has a hand-woven carpet and an Andy Warhol print on its walls.

The gentleman's lounge is said to be “where old world meets new world”. It has 19th century Italian mirrors, and chairs shaped like sea shells with vibrant ocean blue cushions. The g was recently nominated by Conde Nast as one of the top three hotels in the world for ambience and design and its suites were featured in the fall 2008 edition of Elite Magazine. Room rates start at $180 USD.

For more information visit http://www.theghotel.ie/

Fun Facts:

By definition angling is fishing but fishing in not necessary angling. Fish can be caught by other means than a hook including hand, net or spear.

O'Brien Tower was built by Cornelius O'Brien a descendant of Brian Boru, one of the most famous of the High Kings of Ireland.

The Cliffs of Moher are the most famous cliffs in Ireland but they are not the highest. Cliffs in Donegal are more than twice the height and are the highest cliffs in all of Western Europe.

Philip Treacy designed the hat worn by Camilla Parker Bowles during her wedding to Prince Charles.

Guests Include:

Pat Daly, Manager, Tourism Marketing, Shannon Regional Development.
www.shannon-dev.ie

Maureen Grant, Marketing Executive, Clare Tourism Forum.
www.clare.ie

Geraldine Enright, Sales and Marketing Manager, Cliffs of Moher Visitors Experience.
www.cliffsofmoher.ie

Damien O' Riordan, General Manager, the g.
www.theghotel.ie

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