A group of Cape Clear residents are attempting to raise €60,000 in a bid to preserve one of the island’s most important assets. The group want to purchase 45-acres of land which is currently home to the endangered Chough, the ever-popular red walking route and the most south-westerly point in Europe for land-based whale, dolphin and bird watching.
The land was previously owned by Chuck and Nell Kruger, founders of the Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival and Chuck himself, the Island’s foremost writer and poet in recent years. Their generosity extended to allowing public access to their property for over 30 years and it is this access that the Cape Clear Trust wishes to preserve under the slogan “Ceart slí don uile dhuine”, translated as “access for all”.
Raising the funds is a challenge the organisation must face, €60,000 is a tall order for a community of just 130 people. The Trust are inviting members of the public to help to fund the initiative by co-funding plots of 5 or 10m² plots.