I live in County Waterford on the south coast of the Republic of Ireland, looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean. I know it is there because I can see it from my house, and it says so on the map.
Why is this important? Because someone in an office somewhere has invented The Wild Atlantic Way, a brilliant idea, of a driving route along the Atlantic coast. It starts on the north coast, follows the west coast, around the south coast, then ends in Cork. But the Atlantic doesn’t stop there. It carries on all the way along the Waterford coast, around to Rosslare Harbour. Why doesn’t The Wild Atlantic Way start in Rosslare where people enter the country?
I wouldn’t like to say why our 150 km of coast was removed from The Wild Atlantic Way, I will leave that to your imagination. Why is it important? Because tourist will come to drive this route and will be told not to come to Waterford, because that is not part of our road.
What does Waterford have? Well apart from a great coast line, it is included in Ireland’s Ancient East. A list of historical artefacts scattered around the county. The countryside around here is overrun with objects like this Dolmen. This is a portal grave and was build as a funeral place for the local community. It has been drawing people to the area for over 5000 years. I don’t think it will increase the amount of money a tourist will leave in the area, just because it is now on a list.
Why am I writing this? Because I care about where I live, and I want people to see it. I’m going to put more pictures up, to compare our Atlantic Coast with our Ancient Past.
P.S. Does anyone else think Pride Rock from The Lion King, was modelled on Dolmen?