Emailed our good friend Gary from Halcrow Barry as is it now three weeks so they should have a decision on the T1 Service Station near Tara. Also asked whether...
The statement below appears in the Irish Times on Thursday, 29th October, 2015:
Sir, – Vincent Salafia’s article and warnings on our heritage and its abuse was urgently needed (“National monuments must be protected by clear laws”, October 27th).
In September I visited the Tara Skryne Valley with friends.
We visited a souterrain; a legally-protected, numbered monument but one without a sign, fence or markings; and one where it appears a farmer has been driving his tractor over. Soon, we assume, it will crumble.
Across the fields from this, one can see the mounds neighbouring Rath Lugh and although mentioned in the medieval Metrical Dindshenchas one of them is or has been used as a gravel pit. Nearby at Collierstown, a fulacht fiadh was bulldozed this year, while at Tara itself, Rath Laoghaire is used each winter as a sheep-feeding station and here too a tractor appears to have been casually driven across a protected monument.
I could go on and on! Politicians including Taoiseach Enda Kenny, the National Monuments Service, An Taisce and the local authorities are regularly notified by us about this but nothing is done.
Visiting the once sacred remnants of our past one sees only signs of abuse and destruction.
– Yours, etc,
The Tara Skryne Valley is a beautiful area to visit and it holds a special place as the cultural centre of Irish heritage and history.
If you are out and about in the valley and you see something that concerns you or you are curious about e.g. surveying, diggers etc, please let us know so we can investigate.
It may be something that we're already aware of but on the other hand, it may not, so the sooner we're advised of any activities the better.
We appreciate your support. Thank you!