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Adventures in body modification aside, 1993 was the last time I was there … right up until last summer (2012). My family and I were spending a few days in Galway with our relatives and the idea of bringing the children to the Pet Farm (and its 8000sq ft bouncy castle – apparently the largest in Europe) together with combining it with some good, solid Iron Age archaeology seemed to be a deal too good to beat. In doing a quick Google search to check on prices and opening times, I noticed that among the well known images of the stone there was the occasional image of a somewhat ominous-looking shed, but I thought nothing of it … it’s just one or two pictures amongst so many – I was sure that there was a reasonable explanation … after all, there were pictures of the Castlestrange stone and a peculiarly tasteless Turoe Stone clock, too.
“currently undertaking a programme of conservation involving the erection of a temporary shelter over the Turoe Stone, in order to protect the decorated stone from ongoing deterioration due to adverse weather conditions and to inhibit harmful organic growth. The condition of the monument is being monitored by a specialist conservation team from the Office of Public Works and the National Museum of Ireland. The future conservation requirements of the monument are the subject of current discussions.”
“To Whom it Concerns,
I would like to enquire as to the current situation regarding the Turoe Stone in Co. Galway, and any immediate plans that the OPW have for improving access, protection and viewing of the monument? I am currently writing a piece for my blog (rmchapple.blogspot.com) about the apparent lack of movement on this issue and would appreciate your response for publication”
"To whom it concerns,I wrote to you on on January 15 2013 inquiring as to the current situation and future plans by the OPW for the Turoe Stone, Co. Galway. I received an automated reply stating that I would receive a reply in due course. As of today - 17 May 2013 - that has not materialised. I include the text of that email below and would appreciate a formal response to it. All responses will be considered for publication on my blog post regarding this issue (http://rmchapple.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/release-iron-age-one-whats-happening-to.html)."
and I have, again, received the automated reply:
"We acknowledge receipt of your e-mail which has been forwarded to the relevant Section within the OPW for direct reply. Please do not hesitate to contact this Office if we can be of any further assistance. This is an automated response. Please do not respond to this e-mail."
In the meantime, I would ask other interested parties to register their concerns on the issue, and email the OPW to express your opinions and seek answers. Email them (politely) here: firstname.lastname@example.org