Investigation into Brittas Bay dolmen damage
Damage to an ancient dolmen in Brittas Bay has been reported to the gardaí and the National Monument Service.
The megalithic tomb named the Castletimon Dolmen dates back close to 4,000 years and is a protected monument.
Part of the structure appears to have been knocked down, while stones and earth have been pulled away.
Steven Brennan of the Brittas Bay Tourism Association said the destruction of the Dolmen has caused widespread local anger.
'I was pretty shocked when I first saw the damage. People are very annoyed. It's a very historic area and needs to be treated with the respect it deserves.
'People are embarrassed by this incident. It's one of Wicklow's oldest human structures and is one of only four on the east coast of Ireland.'
The whole area is of significant historical importance with a number of standing stones, cairns, a fourth century Ogham stone and a recently newly discovered standing stone. There is also a sixth century monastery nearby which was second in importance only to Glendalough.
Posted by ryaner
30th March 2016ce