Of ideas and directions

An article by Roisin McLaughlin was printed in last weeks edition of the Inish Times concerning a meeting between Brian Hayes TD, Minister of State at the Department of Finance with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and a local councillor, Peter McLaughlin, both FG. Minister to visit Inishowen’s historic sites Having attempted to …

List of Dr. Walter Bernard’s findings

From the proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 1879 Starting in the northern gallery, he found on the floor, closest to the entrance: A large stone, measuring in its widest part across. In the centre is a round hole, 3 inches deep and 1½ in diameter. The stone itself is of the hard, granular variety …

The OPW, three light bulbs and a National monument

One may be forgiven for feeling trenched in utter astonishment after finding a statement concerning the National monument no. 140, Grianán of Aileach, mentioned in a press release responding to accusations made by the Garda Representative Association against the OPW. The rather generous spending habits of this state body hit the headlines in Donegal after …

Holes above the gate

When the day comes, and one more but decisive part of our past will crumble under the higher, bigger, faster grip of our hand, we will fall with it. After all, the great universe itself will reach eventually the point, where it can expand no further and will implode into the grain of dust, it …

Swan-song

The beautiful old Swilly Hotel on Buncrana’s shore has received its final stabbing after decades of endurance, which have left a feeble shell, where once grandeur praised the splendour of this spot. It will be flattened and replaced by architectural suicide and environmental disagreeability. Another landmark gone in a town built on the destruction of …

Why indeed

Article in last Fridays Derry Journal Why is Grianan of Aileach still being neglected? – MacLochlainn asks Despite being one of Ireland’s truly historic sites, Burt’s Grianan of Aileach is all but ignored both in terms of the provision of facilities and tourism promotion In another attempt to rectify this Sinn Fein’s Pádraig Mac Lochlainn …

Strange fruit

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 …

Grianan Aileach lost National monument status

And so very quietly. Some time ago. No one really knows when. No one really cares. No outcry. No rage nor anger. Not even a single question: Why? – is raised. Absolute silence. In a statement to the Inish Times George Moir, press officer, OPW, “said they had a valid reason for omitting Grianán of …

Grianan Aileach in the care of the State

It has yet to be established when the ringfort of stone was built on top of Greenan Hill but the earthworks and now lost souterrain (underground chamber) originate from as early as the Stone and Bronze Age. The geographical position of the hill and therefore everything placed on its top enjoys not only vast views …

Determination

The weather is still too cold and unpredictable to venture into the hills and visit my ‘secret’ site again. Looking at the photos I took the day I stumbled over this site, I know that it will be a learning process. Like Grianan Aileach; every time it collapses or parts of its wall are replaced, …

A few thoughts in the eleventh hour

Ireland seems to have become a place, where all walls are moving in simultaneously and with barely a gap left to breath. As if in one last and mighty attempt of the great greed, every possible drop has to be squeezed out of the little remaining resources, no matter what the consequences will be. The …