Séadchomharthaí Náisiúnta faoi chúram an Stáit i gCorca Dhuibhne / National monuments in State Care on the Dingle Peninsula Isabel BennettWritten by Mossy
Tá an t-ádh linn go bhfuil na mílte séadchomharthaí fós le feiscint againn anseo in Éirinn insan áit inar tógadh iad. Agus tú i lár cathrach nó baile móir fiú, ní bheidh tú ró-fhada ó shuíomh seandálaíochta de shaghas éigin. Cuireadh Charraig Phádraig, i gCaiseal Mumhan, Co. Thiobraid Árann, faoi chúram an Stáit i 1874, an chéad suíomh ar bronnadh an stádas san air, agus tá beagnach 1,000 séadchomhartha aonair ag 768 suíomh, faoi úinéireacht agus á gcaomhnú ag an Stát ó shin i leith, agus tá roinnt mhaith acusan anseo i gCorca Dhuibhne, agus ar fud Cho. Chiarraí.
We are very lucky here in Ireland that we have many thousands of archaeological monuments still extant
In this new series of articles (to be continued during the summer months) I propose to give some information on several of these monuments. Quite a number will be very well-known to many, but others might be less well so, and will sometimes be a little more ‘off the beaten track’. Where the access is owned by the state this will be noted, but in many cases one would need to get the landowner’s permission first before crossing land to visit these sites. Due to the uneven nature of the land in many areas, if visiting a site it is always be advisable to wear sturdy walking shoes or boots. Some of the sites are in or near places that might be considered dangerous, e.g. very close to or on cliff edges, or in fields in which cattle or a bull might be kept – and due care should always be taken when visiting such places, assuming permission to cross the land has first been granted.
In some cases, even though a monument belongs to the state, there may be reasons why it is not at present accessible, for safety, perhaps, or due to on-going site works, or because it is on an off-shore island, maybe, in private ownership! This will also be noted, if known. Several monuments in Corca Dhuibhne, although in state care, are on private property with the landowners taking an active part in controlling the visitor numbers to the sites. These places can be visited sometimes by paying a small charge to the landowners, who maintain the access routes, car parking spaces and other facilities at the sites, making one’s visit a safe and enjoyable experience.
A full list of the sites in state care in Co. Kerry can be found at http://www.archaeology.ie/media/archeologyie/PDFS/FileDownload,301,en.pdf, as well as further information about state ownership and guardianship. Indeed, the entire website of the National Monuments Service, part of the Departments of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, www.archaeology.ie, contains a wealth of information about all aspects of archaeology in the country. You can look at maps of your own local area and see what monuments are near you through their Archaeological Survey of Ireland database (accessed from the home page), as well as learning about all of the monuments in state care in every part of the country, and that is just for starters!