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louisowens
2006-05-16 20:42:36
Safety Issues
The situation regarding general Public Safety in the Wicklow/Dublin Mountains is becoming very problematical. Last summer I was faced with 10 Quad bikes coming around a blind bend on a forest road at speed. My party of 5 had to jump out of the way. These vehicles were no doubt neither taxed or insured and if there had been an accident I wouldn't have liked to have been at the mercy of these hoodlums who would most likely have made themselves scarce. Recently in Glenmalure our party were set upon by large dogs belonging to some alcohol fueled campers who were extremely abusive. Being in a remote area with no witnesses about we beat a hasty retreat. We were treated to some tales of even worse behaviour by the warden in the An Oige Hostel. On Sunday there were 2 or three tents pitched on the "Oasis" at Lough Dan. The occupants who were pretty intimidatory had a prodigious supply of beer and spirits and the sand was strewn with rubbish, bottles and cans. Lone hillwalkers would be very unwise in my view to do other than vacate such areas as quickly as possible as they are remote and assistance in the event of an assault or medical attention or indeed witnesses would be non existant. There also seems to be a significant increase in the amount of both burned out vehicles and large amounts of waste like fridges and the like dumped in what are pretty remote areas. I shouldn't like to be about when the pond life engaged in this behavior were about. Glenmalure in my view is pretty unsafe at Bank Holiday weekends and would be best avoided. We really need a stepped up Warden Service supplied (with dogs for protection) even if it has to be funded by charging for parking or whatever. It's only a matter of time before a very serious incident happens the way things are going. Also I predict that Lough Dan is going to be ruined by idiots in Motor boats if steps aren't taken to stop them soon. A few Sunday's ago there was a clown in an enormous boat speeding up and down; a danger to the White Fronted geese who are often on the lake, disturbing a Peregrine Falcon that has a nest in the area and creating a bloody awful racket. Be very careful out there!!
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