The Historical Links with the Fionn-Sneachta name
As is shown on a separate page at this site, The Annals of
Ireland by The Four Masters mention a cluster of Celtic Kings directly connected with
the "Fionn-Sneachta" family of surnames. There is reason to believe that it may
be just one of a number of similar clusters which possibly exist in other parts of the
work. (We have only hurriedly checked through some of the first 57 pages of Volume 1, and
there are six, or possibly seven, volumes in all.)
The main threats to ancient Celtic sites (and the
environment) in East Galway
The Local Council (which is Galway County Council) is at
the present time (April 2001) dealing with four major East Galway civil engineering
projects. These involve a huge new superdump, a new motorway, a new gas pipeline network,
and a new high power electricity distribution system. Planning for these projects is
taking place in circumstances where major doubts exist regarding the track record of
Galway County Council in relation to the protection of ancient Celtic monuments (and the
general environment). Irrefutable evidence of the outrageously poor type of track
record we have in mind (in connection with the "Protected"
Monument known as Site 93 in New
Inn), has been sent to Prime Minister Mr. Bertie Ahern TD in a letter dated October 26th 2000.
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The world famous Turoe
Stone is located in the Turoe area. It is thought to be the most famous piece of
Celtic stone art in existence. This particular decorated
stone (by itself) strongly suggests the presence of a very important royal Celtic site in
this particular place; and it is something of a huge mystery that Turoe and the
surrounding area has not already been thoroughly examined archaeologically by professional
archaeologists using modern electronic archaeological tools (such as ground penetrating
radar, for example). The situation seems all the more puzzling when account is taken of
the fact that nearby Galway University has had an archaeological department for many years
now: and which apparently has all the sophisticated electronic archaeological equipment in
question (as can be seen by following the link to their web site on the line below).
In recent times (i.e. the past two years or so), University College Galway appears to have spent a lot
of time and money investigating the royal Celtic site at Rathcrogan: which is in the Tulsk
area of County Roscommon. (We would not wish to question in any way the value of the work
carried out by Galway University at Rathcrogan: our concern regarding this matter relates
to the question of where County Galway, and in particular East County Galway, appears on
the list of priorities that Galway University use for choosing their archaeological
Much more recent evidence of a royal Celtic site in
the Turoe area has appeared in the form of a set of notes from Research
Scientist Dr. Kieran Jordan. These notes are based on research work carried out in and
around the Turoe area over a forty year period by amateur archaeologist Fr. Tom O'Connor.
In case anybody might be tempted to trivialise, or to be unduly dismissive of the work of
amateur archaeologists, it may be worth pointing out here that the hugely important La Téne Celtic site in
Switzerland was first discovered by an amateur archaeologist (named Hansli Kopp).
There was a well attended anti-superdump protest
walk on November 21st 1999 in the parish of Bullaun
and New Inn (which is where the Turoe Stone is located). This event was attended by a
dozen or so local politicians who all spoke out very strongly against the whole idea of a
superdump for Connacht being placed in the parish (which of course could have shocking
consequences for the local environment). Two national TV crews were present to record
events (for TG4 and TV3); and included among the politicians who spoke at the meeting
which followed this very peaceful protest march was Minister of State Mr. Noel
Treacy TD: who comes from the area, and whose home is
just 10 miles or so from the Turoe Stone. (Government Ministers &
Ministers of State)
The above mentioned protest march does not appear to
have produced any useful results whatsoever by way of having the Turoe area removed from
the list of 3 sites earmarked for possible use as a superdump location. Not only that, and
a very bad sign some believe, is the fact that Galway County Council later spent a
considerable sum of money having the road widened in the Cross area of the parish (i.e. in
October 2000): exactly where the entrance to the site earmarked for the proposed superdump
is located. As far as we know, there has not been any equivalent expenditure at either of
the other two East Galway sites that have been earmarked for possible superdump use (in
the Newbridge and Kilreekil areas).
Recently, the Minister for Environment and Local
Government (Mr Noel Dempsey TD) has decided to strip local politicians of most of their
powers regarding waste management decisions (including the use and location of
superdumps). Minister Dempsey's views on the matter can be seen at the www address
in the following link: Minister
Dempsey's Statement. A copy of the new Bill Mr Dempsey plans to introduce is also
available through the same www page. (For those who may not have the necessary
"pdf" software to view the text of the Bill, we understand that free copies can
be downloaded from the following address: pdf software.)
If Minister Dempsey's Bill goes through, it appears that some small
community in East Galway will (in effect) be saddled with an enormous superdump for
Connacht by Central Government 100 miles away in Dublin: regardless of what the local
people in the selected community feel, think, say, or do. Should this happen, it seems
likely that many will find themselves wondering about the government's true attitude to
the principles of the democratic system; and if they choose the Turoe area for the
superdump site, there will probably be additional speculation about the government's real
attitude regarding the dozens and dozens of ancient Celtic sites scattered all around the
place: which includes the original location of the world famous Turoe Stone.
It has been estimated by some that a superdump for Connacht in the Turoe
area will mean that an extra 150 or so large trucks (rubbish trucks that is) per day will
need to enter and leave the tiny parish of Bullaun and
New Inn: through small country roads that have evolved only slightly from the days of
the donkey and cart, and that were never intended for anything remotely like that kind of
Department of Environment and
Minister Dempsey's Press
Minister Dempsey's Dept
A printed copy of an email dated March 5th 2001 to the Attorney General
which contains references (in the "Query 3" section)
to the proposed new motorway has been sent through the registered post to:
The Planning Engineer
N6 Galway to East Ballinasloe Project
Galway County Council.
The Galway County Council Motorway Project Engineer (Mr Ciaran Wynne) has
acknowledged receipt of the March 5th email information referred to above.
Gas Pipe Line
At the present time (April 4th 2001), we have little or no information on
this project. So far, it seems to be the one that is least mentioned by the local media.
Front page headlines in the April 6th 2001 edition of The Connacht Tribune Newspaper state that
planning permission has been granted by Galway County Council for a £30 million pound ESB
(Electricity Supply Board) project involving 30 miles of cable and masts - designed to
carry the most powerful supply of electricity ever installed in the West of Ireland.
An examination of the aerial photographs very clearly shows that the cable
and mast system runs very close to several ancient Celtic monuments. In at least one case,
it actually passes right through the middle (almost) of a very interesting looking ancient monument in the Moyoda / Rathgorgan area -
which is approximately 4 miles due west of Knocknadala: the ancient "Hill of
Parliament" site referred to in Research
Scientist Dr. Kieran Jordan's Notes.
Members of the public wishing to see the ESB aerial
photographs referred to above can do so by visiting the planning office on the ground
floor of the Galway County Council Offices at County Hall, Prospect Hill, Galway City (9am
to1pm, and 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday). Their file reference number is: 005409,
and the ESB drawing reference showing the interesting looking site referred to in the
paragraph above is Drawing No. TD 15405 (Sheet 20 of 69).
The situation regarding the closeness of several
"protected" monuments to the cable and mast system was pointed out to Planning
Enforcement Officer Mr. Enda Hoey, and to Acting Senior Staff Officer Ms Mary
Killoran-Coyne on Wednesday April 11th 2001. Both appeared to feel, and to agree, that
something was not right regarding the overall situation.
The Connacht Tribune
report of April 6th 2001 states that "work is to begin in July or August of this
ESB Web Site
||April 22nd 2001:
An e-mail dated April 12th 2001 has been sent to Galway County
Council regarding the new high power electricity distribution system (and other heritage
and environmental matters).
||April 22nd 2001:
An e-mail dated April 20th
2001 regarding a serious local pollution problem has been sent to Mr Noel Dempsey T.D.
who is the Minister at The Department of the Environment and Local Government.
||May 12th 2001: An e-mail dated May 9th 2001 relating to the
general situation regarding the protection of ancient monuments in East Galway was sent to
Police Commissioner Pat Byrne.
||May 27th 2001: With reference to note 3 above, and as no reply of any kind has been
received to date, a scanned copy of the letter dated May 9th 2001 to Police Commissioner Pat Byrne has now been added to this web
site. To view, please click here.
||May 29th 2001: In connection with note 2 above, links to legal reference information on
air and water pollution laws have been added. To view please click here.
||July 5th 2001: E-mail dated July 1st 2001 to Mr David Dorgan of the Eircom internet
security team is reproduced below. It refers mainly
to a false reading on the Eircom controlled hit-counter used at this site: click here to view text.
||July 29th 2001: E-mail (dated July 26th 2001) seeking legal help in connection
with ongoing local environmental and heritage protection issues: click here to view page.
||July 31st 2001: Addition of e-mail (dated July 27th 2001) to Eircom Customer Services regarding
ongoing problems with the Eircom hit-counter being used at this site:
click here to view page.
||August 19th 2001: Addition of link to e-mail text (dated August 12th 2001) to the European
Parliament regarding the ESB Pylon problem - and the
possibility of further heritage damage similar to that at Grange: click here to view page.
||August 25th 2001: Addition of link to e-mail text (dated August 1st 2001) to the Mr.
Justice Thomas Smyth regarding his comment: "This rot has got to stop": click here to view page.
||August 26th 2001: Eircom (the Internet Service Provider
for this site) offer to follow up on some points raised in connection with certain
hit-counter problems at this site ... continued
Síochána wait for report from Dúchas
(the Irish Heritage Service) ... continued
2001: Problems with registered letter sent to
The European Parliament in Luxembourg ??? ... continued
2001: PETITION TO EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
REGARDING ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS IN EAST GALWAY (REPUBLIC OF IRELAND) ... continued
We hope to keep this page
updated as events develop.