Four-thousand-year-old megalithic wedge tomb in Dundrum vandalised

by Kim O Leary
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By Kim O’Leary

Gardai in Dundrum are investigating the vandalism of a four-thousand-year-old megalithic wedge tomb in recent days.

The ancient wedge tomb, estimated to be around 4,500 years old, is located in Kilmashogue in Dundrum. Recently the monument has seen graffiti tagged across the stones and litter including beer bottles and other rubbish left at the site.

Speaking to the Dublin Gazette this week, Fine Gael TD Neale Richmond said: “I was appalled by the senseless damage caused to the chambered cairn at Kilmashogue, known as a wedge tomb. This wedge tomb was first constructed around 2000 B.C and some of the original kerb stones are still in place.

Fine Gael TD Neale Richmond

“There are many other megalithic sites situated in the Dublin mountains, including Kilmashogue portal tomb and another wedge tomb at Ballyedmonduff. Our mountains are full of rich heritage and a popular destination but we cannot stand for this type of activity,” he said.

Deputy Richmond said that on recent visits to the well-known monument at Kilmashogue he has found many beer bottles scattered around the site, and even the remains of a fire lit on the ancient stones.

 “The mindless daubing of the wedge tomb with graffiti is a new low and has appalled many local residents as well as those across our country who care deeply about our natural heritage. The tag sprayed on the wedge tomb at Kilmashogue is quite recognisable and the Gardai are asking those who might recognise it to contact them,” he said.

Meanwhile Gardai in Dundrum are appealing to members of the public with any information in relation to the vandalism of the wedge tomb to contact them at Dundrum Garda Station on 01 666 5600 or to call the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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