I received an email from the Tara Foundation, who got successfully in contact with the OPW, containing the following statement:
“Grianan Aileach has not be removed from the National Monuments List.
It will remain on the list and in State care as long as it is in State
ownership. Grianan Aileach is not featured on the
www.heritageireland.ie map as this is a map of Heritage sites with
Visitor Centres only.
It is not within the OPW’s scope to remove monuments from the list,
the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government would
be the only department with this authority.”
Shame though, that not even the old version from 1999 is available anymore on any website
and everyone is left guessing what may or may not be on this list. Old versions laying in libraries and town councils are long outdated. Time to publish a new List of National Monuments. Much has changed since. Duchas, the Heritage Service which compiled the list back then, has been abolished now for nearly four years. In Inishowen alone a great and unknown number of heritage sites have quitly disappeared to make space for business and retail parks as well as housing estates and big private villas. In the ten years I am here now, no one has declared any archaeological findings during building work in an area saturated with history. So much has been lost. An ill conceived motorway is ploughing its way through the Tara Valley and National monument or not, everything in its way got to go. Means of transport, means of living change quite frequently. But you can’t re-grow centuries and milleniums of a destroyed past.
“Here is fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.”