Program 356: Disappearing Places USA; The Irish Sea

Release Date: 03-01-2014


Hear about the threats to iconic places in the United States that the World Monuments Fund has added to its latest "watch list" of endangered places. Guides from Wales and Ireland share their favorite highlights of the Irish Sea that unites the Celtic lands of Britain and Ireland. Also, get a wee taste of Irish storytelling prowess.


  • World Monuments Fund USA project coordinator Frank Sanchis
  • Martin DeLewandowicz, tour guide based in Wales
  • Stephen McPhilemy, tour guide based in Northern Ireland
  • Irish storytelling feature from Travel with Rick Steves producer Sarah McCormic 

Related Links

  • The World Monuments Fund has issued its updated "Watch List" of endangered places for 2014, and has an interactive map with details and photos from the sites on the list. 
  • Lee Rosenbaum blogs about the high rise controversy over the Palisades in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
  • Stephen McPhilemy operates the Paddy's Palace hostel in Derry.
  • Irish Ferries operates routes from Dublin and Rosslare to destinations in Britain and France. 
  • Direct Ferries books passage on the ferry lines from Northern Ireland to Scotland.
  • Wikipedia lists extensive information about the Isle of Man
  • The TT ("Tourist Trophy") Motorcycle Races are held in late May and early June on the Isle of Man.
  • Martin and Stephen suggest that Dún Laughaire is a pleasant community with an Irish Sea ferry connection, and is an easy DART ride into Dublin. 
  • Storyteller and tour guide Johnny Daly offers a "Food, Folklore and Fairies" night out at the Brazenhead Pub in Dublin, which is said to be Ireland's oldest pub.
  • The Heritage Ireland website has information about the Blasket Centre on the Dingle Peninsula.
  • A list of literature published by Blasket Island writers.

Program Extras

More with Frank Sanchis - Frank Sanchis explains how his job is to advocate for preserving significant sites, and how the World Monuments Fund is funded, and how they're looking to work with the National Park Sservice to raise funds to preserve the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. (runs 1:14)