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I was near Dingle .. by aidand   (Show all posts)
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2013-06-05 14:26:51
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Those mystery arty types
While descending from Carrigshouk in Wicklow one day in April I spotted a structure on the ground at O10133 05264. Somebody had removed a layer of turf to create a ‘foundation’ for whatever they were planning to build. They were in the process of laying down a layer of stones in the foundation, and had used a bag of cement for this. You can see from the picture that it looked like it was going to be some sort of stone hut. It was about 12-15 feet in length and 10 feet wide. An empty cement bag and empty water container were discarded nearby, which reinforced my opinion that this was not an eco-friendly builder.

I got in touch with the National Park Service, gave coordinates and sent them a few photos of the structure. They carried out surveillance of the site but couldn’t identify who was behind it. Enda Mullen of the department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht told me

‘We didn't find out who was involved despite some surveillance. We think it may have been one of the mystery "art" structures which appear now and then. I have given instructions to have it demolished

The structure was (is?) located just above the road and would have been the only man-made building for many miles in this remote location. I’m not sure if it was a farmer building a shelter, someone building a weekend camping retreat or some arty types building a monument. It was within the boundaries of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, in full view of the road and was causing damage to the location. My own vote goes for it being the brainchild of some urban folk who don’t understand the ‘Leave No Trace’ principle, or who don’t care.
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