Gobbins visit for funders

Funders celebrate the success of The Gobbins. Pictured L-R: Alderman Fraser Agnew, Chairman of North East Partnership; Sir Desmond Lorimer Ulster Garden Villages President; Mid & East Antrim Mayor Cllr Billy Ashe; Minister Jonathan Bell (DETNI); Anne Donaghy, Council Chief Executive,and Lorraine McCourt, Director at SEUPB Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

Funders celebrate the success of The Gobbins. Pictured L-R: Alderman Fraser Agnew, Chairman of North East Partnership; Sir Desmond Lorimer Ulster Garden Villages President; Mid & East Antrim Mayor Cllr Billy Ashe; Minister Jonathan Bell (DETNI); Anne Donaghy, Council Chief Executive,and Lorraine McCourt, Director at SEUPB Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

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The Gobbins Cliff Path has been successfully showcased to officials from a body which co-funded the Mid & East Antrim coastal project.

The Council previewed the exciting and newly reimagined tourism attraction to the dignitaries from the Special European Union’s Programmes Body (SEUPB) who financially supported the project under the EU Interreg IVA Progamme.

All have been instrumental in realising what the Council hopes will become the new jewel in the Antrim Coast’s crown.

The Gobbins cliff path is a two-mile long trail that envelopes an exhilarating trek comprised of suspension tubular bridges, caves, steps, and tunnels carved through the rock.

Lorraine McCourt, Director at SEUPB, said: “I am very pleased to see that this project is complete and ready to be enjoyed by the public.

“The Gobbins pathway was funded as a cross-border initiative and is partnered with a similarly picturesque coastal attraction, ‘Sliabh Liag’ at the Bunglass cliffs’ in Donegal.

“European funding was awarded to both, to help boost the tourism offering of Antrim and Donegal and encourage a greater flow of tourists from both sides of the border.

“We see these projects as being interlinked in terms of their unique offering and potential to make a tangible and long-term impact within the tourism markets of Northern Ireland and Ireland,” she said.