Gaybo drops into the caves

Gay Byrne at Marble Arch caves

Gay Byrne at Marble Arch caves

VETERAN broadcaster Gay Byrne and his wife, Kathleen Watkins, made a surprise visit to the world renowned Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark this week.

Gay and his wife were among a group of hill walkers from the Bluestack Ramblers walking club in County Donegal who visited the cross-border Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark which is recognised by UNESCO ( United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation)  for its exceptional geological heritage and range of national monuments, ancient habitation sites and fields that survive from prehistoric times.


The Bluestack Ramblers walking club were taken on a tour of the beautiful Claddagh Glen by local guide Philip McManus, where they discovered the history of the 300 million year old limestone bedding planes, the  underground caves and the Claddagh River, with its source deep in the magical caves.

Richard Watson, manager of Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, said: “We were delighted to welcome Gay and the Bluestack Ramblers to the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark.

“The group were fascinated by the Marble Arch Caves and the beautiful environment of the Geopark.

“Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their visit and Gay rated the cave tour as five star.”

For further information on guided tours of the Marble Arch Caves and the Marble Arch Caves Geopark visit or telephone 028 6634 8855.

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