Visits For July, 2005

Sunday, 17th July 2005

Not Just The Usual Suspects

We had a guest over from Germany this week, so a trip around some of the local sites was called for. I always drag them out! We saw some of the sites I usually take people to, but I decided to throw in a couple of extras too that I wanted to get back to myself and that my wife hadn't been to yet either.

I have to make a comment here about the state we found the dolmen at Haroldstown (County Carlow) in. Someone had decided to 'honour' the tomb with a few candles. I collected six tealights and 2 normal candles from inside the chamber. Not only did they leave these candles littered about floor, but the idiot(s) had wedged candles between rocks. I couldn't remove these without causing more damage to the stones. The inside of one of the portal stones has purple wax dripped down it. Removing this wax and the couple of wedged in candle stubs will cause damage to the stones and the lichen growth.

Basically the actions of whoever did this have ruined the tomb for everyone to follow. If it was you who did this then YOU ARE A COMPLETE IDIOT!!!!!!!! For the sake of this country's heritage and everyone's enjoyment please stay away from these sites. Myself and other people do not want to have to tidy up your litter and we certainly don't want to have to look at lumps of melted candle on the stones.

I appologise to everyone else for that little tirade and sermon. I know that most people who visit these sites do show them respect. I always try to adhere to this little motto: Take only memories and leave only foot prints. Do that and you can't go wrong.

Broadleas - Near Silver Hill (Co. Kildare)Stone Circle4 New Images
The Piper's Stones - Athgreany (Co. Wicklow)Stone Circle2 New Images
Haroldstown - Nr Haroldstown Waste Center (Co. Carlow)Portal Tomb3 New Images
Moone (Co. Kildare)High Cross5 New Images
Old Kilcullen (Co. Kildare)Round Tower3 New Images
Old Kilcullen (Co. Kildare)High Cross5 New Images
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