Visits For May, 2007

Saturday, 19th May 2007

Where

Today I found myself driving through Glencree in County Wicklow. What a stunningly beautiful place! The scenery in this part of the Wicklow Mountains is amazing. After stopping at the German Cemetery to see what on Earth it is I headed for the Tonygarrow bullaun stone. The German Cemetery is a pretty little area where a number of German soldiers were reburied in the 1960s or 70s. It was raining heavily, so I didn't have chance to read the signs there to find out how they perished, but apparently they were Germans that died and were washed up on the Irish shore. They gathered together from all around the country. Many of the grave markers simply say Two German Soldiers. A few have a name.

The Tonygarrow bullaun stone is a very nice one. The family that have farmed the land for many generations are very proud to have this monument on their land. The lady of the house was very kind and took me to the stone.

From there I headed for Onagh to check on the portal tomb and the rock art in that townland. The little cottage by the portal tomb has gone and the land has been cleared. The field by the tomb is in a mess. I hope the builders know how old and important this monument is and that they need to be very careful. This development is a bit of a worry, to be honest, and I shall try to pop by as often as I can over the coming months.

I finished this little outing by stopping at Kilgobbin cross. Now, remember that this is a National Monument. If you saw it today you would think it was a National Embarassment! The building work to the rear of the cross seems complete, but the tatty fence is still around the cross. The ground around its base is a mess and hasn't been tended to for a long time. It's about time the Council got their butt into gear and sorted this out. I can feel a letter coming on ... Where's the respect?

I must give a mention to the proposed port at Bremore in north County Dublin. This development will destroy the passage tombs there and should be opposed. The Progressive Democrats fully support this project, so please challenge them about it on your doorsteps over the coming weeks. When I mentioned the destruction of five 4,500 year old monuments to a representative canvassing the other night she simply shrugged and said something about it 'freeing up the area', whatever that means.

The Relic - Tonygarrow (Co. Wicklow)Bullaun Stone2 New Images
Onagh (Co. Wicklow)Portal Tomb2 New Images
Onagh (Co. Wicklow)Rock Art4 New Images
Kilgobbin Cross (Co. Dublin)High Cross2 New Images
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