Louth’s geology and heritage to be showcased in Taiwan
The geology, archaeology and heritage of Louth and the wider east border region are being showcased at an international conference in Taiwan this week.
Featuring presentations from academics and conservationists from Taiwan, China, New Zealand, Poland, Japan, Malta and Hungary, the conference at the National Taiwan University will be addressed by Brendan McSherry, Heritage Officer, Louth Local Authorities.
The invitation to present at the prestigious event arose from a field visit to Louth last year by staff and students from the university which has 33,000 full- and part-time students and ranks 87th in the world.
Speaking ahead of his presentation, Mr McSherry said: “The main area that I’ve been invited to look at in some detail is how best to present areas of geological and other heritage interest that span a border between two jurisdictions. This is obviously of interest in Louth given the wider context of proposals for a geo-tourism project straddling the east border and given the interest there is in the rich history across the Cooley Peninsula, the Mournes and Slieve Gullion.
“As well as being a chance to learn from what’s being done in other countries around the world, it’s also obviously a good opportunity for me to present some of our experiences in Louth and to hopefully generate additional study visits arising from that.
“Living here, we can sometimes take for granted what we have on our doorsteps but it’s very important now that we do open out to the world all of the attractions this region has and my invitation to this conference shows that others recognise the international importance of our geology and landscape. I am particularly pleased that the National Taiwan University has covered all my costs in attending this conference.”