The National Parks and Wildlife Service has today declared that the sink-hole in Tramore, Waterford, that was caused by Storm Christine, is to become a protected heritage site.
The huge pothole was a result of the force of the waves crashing against the adjacent wall and eroding the soil beneath. It has been declared Ireland’s largest pothole and will now fall under the protection offered by the National Heritage Area policies.
Work will commence shortly to persevere the natural phenomenon and ensure it forms part of the cultural and environmental backdrop of the area.
The sink-hole is expected to become a popular tourist attraction this year, bringing a much needed boost to the local economy.
It’s expected that local authorities will charge (American) tourists to go on audio assisted walking tours of the pothole and plans are already under way to build a €3 million visitor centre around the hole, similar to the setup at the Cliffs of Moher and the Giants Causeway.
A café, education centre and tourist shop selling novelty Tramore Potholes will be put on sale to help generate revenues. The income from the centre will be directly invested in maintaining the sink-hole going into the future.