FIE is calling for prosecutions to follow the recent destruction of two ringforts in north Cork. The Heritage Service of Cork County Council has confirmed to FIE the complete levelling of two listed ringforts by a farmer in County Cork. The ringforts were located in the townland of Knockacareagh, near Killmurray in north Cork.

While the vast majority of farmers and land owners have the greatest respect for our archaeological heritage, often at their own expense, there remain elements in the farming community who believe that they can destroy these sites at will because of the wide spread historic lack of enforcement.

The local Guards refused to act unless requested by the National Monuments Service or the Local Authority. By the time these bodies visited the site, the destruction had been completed.

In a letter to the Minister for the Environment, we have urged that the full weight of the law is brought to bear in this case. The message must go out across Ireland that however few these individuals are, they will not be tolerated and the national heritage will be protected.

Letter to Minister (with maps)   | Picture and maps from auctioneers site  |

Before and after photographs

READ MORE IN THIS WEEKEND'S VILLAGE MAGAZINE BASED ON DOCUMENTATION  AND LEGAL OPINION REVEALING A LOOPHOLE IN THE LAW THAT LEAVES IRELAND'S 120,000 RECORDED ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES UNPROTECTED.


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