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cavan | environment | news report Thursday September 14, 2006 23:13 by Michael Lynch - Red Branch Heritage redbranch at oceanfree dot net
Red Branch Heritage reacts to decision
Anger in long running Cavan Battle.
After a three-year long struggle by a number of heritage and environmental groups to oppose the extension of the quarry at Ardkill More mountain, Carrickaboy, County Cavan in order to protect the mountain from further visual damage and to stop further damage to the Black Pig’s Dyke monument, a decision yesterday by Cavan County Council to grant permission with thirty six conditions has met with an angry reaction by the Red Branch Heritage group which has being at the forefront in the campaign to stop the further expansion of the quarry.
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American tourist asks a Cavan County Councilor where is the missing part of the Black Pig's Dyke on Ardkill Mountain?
Cavan Councilor replies, "Well Sir its now underground if ye understand me.
Cavan Co Councilor "Ah"
American "Oh you mean an underground museum?"
Cavan Co. Councilor " Well not really, you know that roundabout on the Dublin road out of Cavan".
Cavan Co. Councilor "Well ye see most of it is buried under there"
American "I guess thats one way of making use of your heritage"
I know all about the frustration you are feeling Susan and beleive me the situation in Co, Mayo isn't much better when it comes to protecting our heritage and the environemnt. Certain Co. Co. have paticualry bad records on these issues and general planning, particualry in the Countryside, Roscommon and Kerry Co. Co. have similary artrocious records.
You should check out www.pleanala.ie. Nulty's quarry have another file with Board Pleanala. REF 02 219928, it refers to the planning permission in 1977, Cavan Co Co Ref 64/7325, check out www.cavancoco.ie.
Apparently, they have to apply for continued operation of the existing quarry under the quarry registration scheme
Looking for contact detials for Red Branch Heritage? Are you/ye still active?
The Ardkill Song
(To the air of Katie Daly)
When Nulty Quarries dug up Ardkill Mountain in the pioneering year of eighty two, before long they’d left a mighty crater where the Black Pig’s Race it once went through.
Come down from the mountain Seanie Nulty, come down from the mountain Nulty do. Bring all your diggers and bulldozers, rockbreckers and explosives too ou ou.
The Nulty Boys they surveyed Ardkill Quarry, in the pioneering year of Zero Two, “Be God Boys we’ll have to make her bigger, so Jonte we’ll have your mountain too ou ou.”
Before long the Hi Mac she was moving, heading up towards the mountain top, when there came a phone call from An Taisce, saying “Now Nulty its time you stopped.
The Black Pigs Race, the Cats Cradles and the Mass Rock, the Holy Well and Finn McCools Hand, oh the stand on the summit in a clear day and survey the beauty of this land.
We used to stand and admire that old mountain, towering over all the countryside. When they blew up Ardkill Mountain, they took away some of our pride.
We have been fighting a quarry owner for 9 years or should i say the county counci which let this owner crush a registered monument as well as other things, would like to speak with you......our fight is growing