What is my problem with Ireland’s Ancient East? I’m all for it, I think it is great that I walk past objects that my ancestors passed 5000 years ago. As a marketing tool, Ireland’s Ancient East will spread word to people outside Ireland, that we have been here a long time. We have our own history, long before our European invaders rewrote it
We have monoliths and graves all over the countryside. In the middle of nowhere or forming the boundary to keep cows in one place.
Well, what’s my problem then? I’m glad you asked, I have no problem with Ireland’s Ancient East, my problem is with the Wild Atlantic Way. This tourist driving route follows around the Atlantic coast but stops short of one of the main entry points for people driving into the country. It is a brilliant idea, if a little short sighted.
Look at who has entered Ireland through the South East coast, the Vikings, the Normans, the Tudors, even Oliver Cromwell. These people knew what they were doing, why assume modern tourists can be pushed around, any more than our previous visitors. Why not let our modern invaders start their Atlantic route as they enter the country at Rosslare, instead of telling them they have to drive 200km before they are allowed to begin.
But your previous picture didn’t make the Atlantic look very wild? I don’t like to get my camera out when it is really rough, but these pictures might help convince you that we are part of the Wild Atlantic Way, whether the pen pushers agree or not!