Time Enough to Rot

After nearly two months of the meeting between the OPW and local councillors having taken place I finally received some information on what went on.


Sent: Tue Jun 24 14:41:09 2008
Subject: Grianan, article

Dear Pádraig MacLochlainn,

I have been asked now on several occasions about the outcome of the meeting with the OPW and I would appreciate if the information concerning this meeting would be made available. At the moment neither the people of Inishowen nor Donegal seem to be worthy to receive any information concerning the state and status of their National monument.

You might find this article very interesting:
The State We’re in on the Eve of World Archaeological Congress (WAC) 6: Archaeology in Ireland vs Corporate Takeover (PDF)

Bettina Linke


Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 11:17 PM
Subject: Re: Grianan, article

The meeting took place and the elected members were satisfied that the works undertaken by the OPW were necessary to safely secure the structure in the long term. We were given a detailed background to the unstable nature of the structure rebuilt in the late 1800s utilising a small remainder of the original ruins and the problems with collapse since.

The next steps are for the promotion of the site. Particularly focusing on the history of the location and the spectacular panoramic view.

Regards, Pádraig


Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 10:44 AM
Subject: Re: Grianan, article

Dear Pádraig MacLochlainn,

Thank you for your reply.
I thought as much – that the OPW would not find more than a badly attempted challenge and have an easy task pulling the wool over your eyes.
You still have no financial statements for the money they received for the maintenance of the monument to prevent collapse for decades or the work carried out since 2000 nor do you have any proof in your hands for the “unstable nature of the structure” or an independent opinion. And I wont even bother betting that you don’t have the extensive survey, which seem to have led to the conclusion of shape-shifting and as much concrete as possible, either. You have still no documentation what so ever. They got what they came for, silencing your pesky concerns with their well tailored fabrication, they, by now, can recite in their sleep, – leaving you and the rest of Inishowen with nothing, as usual.

Bettina Linke



Time enough to rot;

Toss overhead

Your golden ball of blood;

Breathe against air;

Puffing the light’s flame to and fro,

Not drawing in your suction’s kiss.

Your mouth’s fine dust

Will find such love against the grain,

And break through dark;

It’s acrid in the streets;

A paper witch upon her sulphured broom

Flies from the gutter.

The still go hard,

The moving fructify;

The walker’s apple’s black as sin;

      Then swim your head,

      For you’ve a sea to lie.

Dylan Thomas



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