Copper wire dumped near lighthouse
BLIGHT ON SCENERY MAYOR ANGRY AT UNSIGHTLY WIRING HEAP LYING CLOSE TO BEAUTY SPOT
A TANGLED UP mess of copper wiring and other electrical wires has been dumped on the road up to Wicklow Head Lighthouse, regarded as one of the most scenic locations not only in Wicklow Town but also the whole county.
The discarded mess was left at a gate entrance on the verge of a hill a short distance from the actual lighthouse. Other locations in town have been regularly targeted by fly-tipping but the road leading to the lighthouse has escaped the attention of illegal dumpers, until now. Mayor John O’Brien noticed the unsightly heap while out enjoying a fresh early morning stroll along Wicklow Head.
‘Whoever dumped it certainly went to a lot of effort. They practically drove all the way to the lighthouse before dumping it. You have copper wiring and stripped wires just dumped in a heap. I noticed a pair of burnt logs right in the middle of all the wiring so someone must have tried to burn it first.’
The landscape and scenery surrounding the lighthouse is a popular backdrop for walkers and nature lovers alike. Two lighthouses were built on Wicklow Head in 1781. One is on Long Hill, which still remains, while the other was on the saddle of the heartland but is no longer standing. The Irish Landmark Trust acquired the remaining lighthouse in 1996, and set about conserving the tower.
‘There you are looking out over the bay at the magnificent views, and you have this rubbish thrown to the side. It shouldn’t happen to one of the most beautiful areas in the county,’ adds Mayor O’Brien.
Mayor John O’Brien at the unsightly dump.