Thieves clean out the Cliffs of Moher

Burglars cut power supply to steal cash from Cliffs Visitor Centre

An organised and sophisticated gang is suspected of masterminding a burglary at one of Clare’s leading tourist attractions in the early hours of yesterday (Monday) morning.
The gang is understood to have cut the power to The Cliffs of Moher Visitors Experience in North Clare – disabling its security system, allowing them to gain access to the premises.
A large cash amount, thought to be as much as €20,000, is also understood to have been taken from the visitors centre during the burglary.
It is understood that specialist equipment may have been used to cut power to the centre, which was closed for a number of hours yesterday as a crew from ESB Networks worked to restore power.
While the cliffs themselves were officially open yesterday, all facilities at the world famous site were off-line.
Management at the €31 million visitors centre, released a statement yesterday morning urging member of the public not to visit the site yesterday. The Cliffs of Moher Visitors Experience is Ireland second most popular tourist attraction after the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin – and has already attracted in excess of 1 million visitors to far this year.
General Manager of the Cliffs of Moher Visitors Experience, Katherine Webster, confirmed yesterday that an incident had take place overnight.
“Gardaí are investigating a suspected break-in at the Cliffs of Moher,” she said.
“Work is also ongoing on repairing a power outage at the site.”
A spokesperson from Clare County Council also confirmed that an incident had taken place at the world famous tourist attraction in the early hours of Monday morning, but would not confirm if yesterday’s power outage was as a result of the incident.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that up to €20,000 in cash was taken from the premises.
The burglary wasn’t discovered until early on Monday morning when staff arrived to the visitor centre. The incident is being investigated by gardaí in Ennistymon.  Anyone with information or who may have seen anything unusual in the early hours of October 3rd is asked to contact gardaí on (065) 7072180.

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Andrew has been working in the media in the West of Ireland for more than a decade. During that time he has been shortlisted for many national journalism awards, served as a judge for the Choice Music Prize in 2008 and was part of the nominating panel for the Meteor Ireland Music Awards from 2008 to 2011. He holds an MA in Journalism and Public Relation and a BA in English, Sociology and Politics. He is currently working on his debut novel. A selection of his writings, including a number of short stories can be viewed on Where The Rain Falls at Follow Andrew on twitter: @Andrew_CPeople Contact Andrew on [email protected]


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